Site Update – April 1st Without the Fools

Hi folks,

I just wanted to point out the secondary menu at the very top of the site. The green bar breaks down the Devlin design catalog into a more use-oriented set of designs. Hopefully, it will help you to drill down to the design that works for you. If you can think of a breakdown we are missing, please let us know.

Meantime, the Login/Logout has appeared on the same menu, and a search button has been added to the main menu. Please register, login, and join the discussion about anything you see on the site. We put a few security measures in place to keep the bots from taking over the site, which means that you have to put in the picture text when you login. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it’s a necessity in the modern web. I pay attention to all of it, and much more importantly, Sam does too. You can help us by telling us what matters to you. And finally, we have sharing buttons on every post on the site. Help us out by sharing anything you believe is worth sharing. Sam is a very responsive business leader, and your voice matters in how he works. And as always, every Devlin boat has a story. Telling those stories is one of my favorite things to do. Send me your photos and stories, and I’ll make sure they show up on the site.



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Maine Boatbuilders Show

Adeline at the dock

Sam is heading east for the Main Boatbuilders show in less than two weeks. He’ll be out there with ‘Adeline’, Henry Clews’ fabulous Devlin built Pelicano 20. He probably has some other trouble in mind for the show as well, like possibly eating some delicious lobsta or some tag team wrestling with other boatbuilders. The only way to find out is to visit him at the show. In all seriousness, boat shows are a great time to meet Sam, to see some of his work, and to ask questions of a leading veteran boat designer. See the show site for the details.

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Devlin Cruiser 37

A design that started life as an mid-winter Sunday afternoon’s romp thru the waters of my mind, with the intention of serving as a dream platform to replace my venerable 83 year old salmon troller “Josephine”. My experience of living and cruising with Josephine over many years has been enlightening as to just what is necessary and what is not necessary in a simple motor cruiser. Limiting the bending and gymnastics of living with an old work boat are high on that list (on Josephine one can only go forward by turning around facing backwards and going down a steep ladder into her deep focsle, not exactly what one does good either while in a hurry or early in the morning without some stretches to limber up). Good sleeping area forward with lots of bed space (approximating the home bedding as much as can happen on a boat). Privacy head areas forward and well away from guests when entertaining inside the main cabin on a cool evening. Engine room accessible and spacious with plenty of light, space and organized for tools etc. Access in this case is thru the cabin sole of the pilothouse thru large floor hatches.

Moving up in the main cabin, a helm seat that can seat two if necessary or one with many options of position, dinette area that can seat a proper crowd of friends and guests, and galley up with all the nice qualities of being able to stand at the sink or cooking and seeing out into the great landscape.

A partial covered cockpit (I would now cover the whole thing) and U-shaped seating around the stern of the boat and twin boarding doors port and starboard to get onto her. For my money and pleasure I would opt for the flying bridge opening up another zone of use and allowing me to run the boat with unlimited visibility when desired, but with the option of going down below to the main pilot station when the weather is inclement.

So here she is, a simple and usable cruiser with many options of configuration but all based on an easy to run and sea-kindly hull. I hope you share my enthusiasm for her.

The Devlin Cruiser 37 is available as a custom build from Devlin Boats. Contact Sam if she appeals to you.



Devlin Cruiser 37 Specifications

Length 37 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 50 in.
Power Inboard diesel
Displacement 23000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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