Curlew 24

Back in 2005, a customer came down to the shop to visit. He and his wife owned one of our Nancy’s China sailboats and loved her dearly, but they were getting older and wanted something that they could cruise in more comfortably.  This was just about the same time as I was starting to branch out from the tried and true paper on drafting table design to CAD or computer assisted design.  So what I ended up with was a hand drawn boat that had quite a bit of CAD backup, but not to the extent that we would have full computer files including the presentation, lines, sketches, and accommodation drawings; all these were done by hand.  It will be a good comparison to look at these drawings and compare to the newer CAD stuff that we do today.  The computer still has a really tough time with line quality and density; all those were good tricks to the hand drafting methods that I practiced for so many years.  With a hand drawn drawing, you can literally start with one end of the line being drawn and either make it heavier on each end of the line or conversely one can start with lighter pressure at the end of the line and as the pencil moves into the middle of the line press down heavier (for a more bold and slightly wider line) and then lighten back up as you reach the end of the line being drawn.  All this points to the idea that boat design can be for many of us fine art and one needs to practice for many thousands of hours with techniques that help give depth or lend perspective to the drawing.  Another hand drawn vessel, the Camarone 34, will illustrate more in depth this idea of line quality. That design was to my recollection literally my last hand drawn drawing, and while it may seem weird, there are many times that I think one day I will frame that drawing up and hang on the wall to remind me of another time in my now fairly long career of designing and building boats.

Enjoy the little Curlew Sailboat. It’s too bad the customer bowed out for another design because this one would have made for good viewing heeling to an afternoon breeze from the shore. – Sam Devlin

The Curlew 24 is available in study plans. Contact Sam if you would like to see the concept developed.

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Curlew 24 Specifications

Length 24 ft. – 10 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 40 in.
Power Inboard diesel 10-20hp
Displacement 3692 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Curlew 20

Curlew20_3wayThe Curlew 20 is a new design done as a very simple and approachable powerboat capable of being the perfect companion to adventures on the water. Originally designed for Florida waters, I think she would fit in just about anywhere. Built as an open boat, a variety of other concepts and options can be worked into this relatively simple hull, all of them allowing the builder and boatman to tailor this vessel to suit their own needs and desires. She is on the narrow side being very similar to the Pangas of Mexico and the Caribbean that I am very familiar with. As a fishing boat on the bonefish flats, she really shines with a casting deck built into the forward area of the boat where you have plenty of room to keep your feet under you while standing up to cast into the clear waters.

Power can be up to a 90 horsepower outboard but keep in mind this hull does not need a lot of horsepower to be driven economically at a good clip over the water. There is a center console arrangement that helps keep the helmsman in an area of the boat with excellent visibility and control.

To understand the Curlew 20 in greater detail, read Sam’s design notes.

The Curlew 20 is available in study and construction plans.

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Curlew 20 Specifications

Length 20 ft. – 1 in. LOD
Beam 6 ft. – 3 in.
Draft 8.5 in. outboard up
Displacement 1600 lbs.
Power Outboard up to 90hp
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