Kokanee 43

For the past 80 years, there has been a type of boat developed in the Northwest called a Halibut Schooner. These boats are evolved from the time when sailing schooners used to be common for commercial cod and Halibut fishing in the waters between Alaska and the mainland US. Those waters were renown for being rough and treacherous and the type of boat that evolved was tough, heavily constructed and extraordinarily seaworthy. The Kokanee is a small, but very able, version of this type and the result is a comfortable boat with good living room in her and a double cabin configuration for cruising with friends when that occasion rises. The main features that I like about this boat are the dinette and galley up in the pilothouse configuration. This allows a fo’c’sle that is very private and with enough space enough to allow the character of the live aboard configuration of this boat to actually be realized. The fo’c’sle has an island double berth, fireplace, lots of locker/stowage room and a dressing vanity. In the evening, this will be a very romantic and cozy cabin to retreat to after the day’s activities, and with its proper lighting and fine woodwork, the cabin will be a favorite retreat. The head is large and has plenty of room for keeping clean and comfortable.

Going up a few steps into the pilothouse, the helm is on the centerline and has a real ship’s wheel. With the dinette and settee to the port side and galley to starboard, everything is right at hand and it will be easy to communicate with crew. At the aft portside corner of the pilothouse, the aft/guest cabin can be accessed and with folding sink and porta-potti, the crew can be comfortable and not have to go forward in the evening to use the fo’c’sle head.

You should note that the cabin roof extends clear to the edge of the boat in the pilothouse area, and with port and starboard sliding doors and with an aft hinged door, all deck areas of the boat can be accessed with ease. The Kokanee is dry stacked for its exhaust and with a slow turning and heavy John Deere diesel engine of 145 horses, it will be quiet and comfortable. I would suggest using a bow thruster on this boat to aid in dockside maneuvering and with a balanced rudder and single screw, the Kokanee will put lots of sea miles below her keel, smoothly and comfortably.

There is plenty of deck space for carrying small rowing skiffs and a proper hard bottomed dingy for exploring an anchorage. This boat will have the capability to cruise to just about any waters that your imagination can take you and will do so with enough crew to be comfortable, safe and handy. I can just see her pulling into some quiet cove in Southeast Alaska, dropping the hook for the evening and after a brisk pull to the shore in the skiff. you can stretch your legs for a few minutes before settling back in for dinner and the evening. Can you imagine a nicer boat to be spending quality time on? Life is indeed too short….Sam Devlin

The Kokanee 43 is available as study plans and as a custom build from Devlin Boats.


Kokanee 43 Specifications

Length 43 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 58 in.
Power Inboard diesel, 145hp
Displacement 28000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement


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Golly Wobbler 43

This boat is very much based on the 38 ft. Golly Wobbler that we built a few years ago. The biggest changes have been in the accommodations and in the power package. The goal here is to create a boat that can easily handle two couples cruising with comfort (i.e. built-in berths) and to allow this boat to cruise at speeds in the range of 18 – 20 knots with good fuel economy. Let’s look at the power change first of all and then discuss what spaces opened up as relates to that change.

The primary concern here was to move the engines aft out of the people spaces of the boat and into the stern. Using the concept that we tried successfully on the Topknot 32′, I have moved to a stern drive diesel configuration. I have specified using twin Volvo 41 series stern drives. They have 185 horses each and fit nicely in the stern with a space for generator between and the daybed concept over the top. This will allow some sunbathing room in the cockpit of the boat and should be comfortable when using the cockpit after a days worth of cruising. A barbecue could be run on the daybed platform and with a couple of comfortable deck chairs under the covered cockpit, you can relax out of the weather at the end of the days cruise. The main salon itself has better lounging areas and better communication to the galley area. Note that the bar and refrigerator is opposite the sink and range areas of the galley. There is also a nice skylight over the galley, which gives us enough room for a 9’3″ Guppy sailing dingy over the main salon roof.

Gollywobbler43PlanHelmGoing up a few steps into the pilothouse, you find a chart table and helm area to starboard with a sliding door for access to the fore deck. On the port side, an “L” shaped settee will allow plenty of comfortable seating for the peanut gallery critiquing your navigation. Going below forward into the fo’c’sle, you find the head is to starboard and has enough room for all of its functions, especially at the water closet area. The enclosed shower is through a doorway and has a curtain to keep spray out of the head area proper. Opposite the head area are lockers and a swinging door accessing the guest cabin below the pilothouse proper. There is full 6’2″ headroom below the “L” shaped settee and the large double berth is athwartships with lots of storage room both hanging lockers and drawers. Your guests won’t have any problem staying comfortable here in this cabin with the only small privacy issue being the use of a common head compartment for the two cabins. I’ve provided a slide out pocket door at the front of the head bulkhead which would allow the fo’c’sle cabin to be private to the coming and goings in the head compartment in the day and evening.

I think that this boat would be comfortable with the two couple arrangements and with a cruising speed of 18 knots and fuel consumption of about 10 gallons per hour, should be a fine platform for your West or East Coast wanderings. — Sam Devlin

The Golly Wobbler 43 is available in study plans and as a custom build from Sam Devlin.


Golly Wobbler 43 Specifications

Length 42 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 3 in.
Draft 38 in.
Power Inboard diesel, twin 185
Displacement 21000 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
Speed 18 knots cruise


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Czarinna 43

This is an elongated version of the Czarinna 35. This version was designed to accommodate a live-aboard couple, or a family for extended cruising. With attention to function, privacy and an open feeling, the Czarinna 43 provides amenities, comfort and stylish character combined with performance and ease of handling. The aft cockpit is large with wrap-around stern decks suitable for seating a crowd for drinks, dinner or cruising. Entering the main salon, the head is to starboard and a separate shower to port. The shower can double as a wet hanging locker in damp conditions. Continuing forward is the dinette with fore-and-aft facing seats to port. To starboard is a fireplace and galley area. The galley is a well-planned design for cooking ease. Forward of the galley are the helm and pilothouse areas with excellent visibility and a comfortable area for helm and co-helm seats. A chart table is located just behind the co-helm.

Sliding companionway doors are accessible from the helm and co-helm seats both to port and starboard. The skipper or crew can go forward from these doors or walk along the decks from the cockpit using the handrails for security. Two steps down from the pilothouse you are in the fo’c’sle, with a comfortable settee berth for a single to port and a large bureau to starboard. A large double berth with twin book and night stand lockers round out the main sleeping area. The entire fo’c’sle area can be closed off with sliding doors for privacy when cruising with several people. The headroom is 6 feet 1 inch in the fo’c’sle, 7 feet in the pilothouse, and 6 feet 6 inch in the main salon.

The Czarinna 43 is long and narrow and, therefore, economically driven. It can weather out most Northwest storms. Power is either a 100 hp single diesel or twin 44 hp diesels, at the owner’s preference. Cruising at 10 knot speeds yields 2-3 gallons of fuel per hour consumption. Tankage for fuel can allow up to 1,000 nautical mile range and water tankage is 250 gallons in twin tanks. The displacement is 19,400 lbs. in full load trim. — Sam Devlin

The Czarinna 43 is available in study plans and as a custom build from Sam Devlin.


Czarinna 43 Specifications

Length 42 ft. – 3 in.
Beam 11 ft. – 0 in.
Draft 44 in.
Power Inboard diesel, twin 44hp or single 100hp
Displacement 19400 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
Speed 10 knots
Range 1000 nautical miles
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Sockeye 42

Sockeye42Morning2The Sockeye 42 is a full displacement type boat with an almost workboat type appearance, enough room inside to be comfortable with two couples and with modest enough draft to allow it to cruise in almost any waters you might encounter on the West or the East Coasts. The profile is straight West Coast Tug type yacht with a heavy portion of fishboat thrown in. With twin masts in a Ketch configuration, this boat would allow a variety of deck boats to be handled on and off the deck. I have shown her with dry stack exhaust and would recommend a 145 HP John Deere marine engine. This baby weighs in at 1,500 lbs. and runs at a top speed of 2,400 rpm. She is big, heavy, slow turning and would be a good match for this type of hull. The hull itself is of the fantail configuration and would be very seakindly in the full displacement range of performance. Top speed would be 9 knots and cruising speed would be 8 knots at about 3-4 gallons of fuel per hour. The engine is below the pilothouse sole and is sound insulated to result in an interior that is quiet and warm.

Coming into the cabin from the aft cockpit,Sockeye42Interior1 there is a hanging locker to starboard and a bulkhead and door on the port side. This door on the port side gives access to the aft cabin area for your guests. This cabin gives your guests their own area to sleep and rest in when they need the space and with a porta-potti and folding sink, your guests don’t need to go forward into the main head compartment at night. This arrangement could allow any one of the crew to get up in the morning, brew the day’s coffee and enjoy it without bothering the sleep of the rest of the passengers.

The galley is U shaped and allows good room and space for cooking and preparing meals, with good communication to the settee opposite and wood stove for heating your feet on a cool day.

Going up the steps into the pilothouse the helm is on the centerline with an L-shaped settee to port and chart table to starboard. The helm seat should be a swiveling helm seat of fit and construction of the type to allow long watches to be done comfortably.


Sockeye42HeadGoing below into the fo’c’sle, the head is to port with the shower compartment being accessed below the seating part of the settee in the pilothouse. Again there is more room at the water closet than in most boats that you might be used to and there should be plenty of room for the crew to be comfortable and private. The double berth is forward to the port side and has a vanity opposite for the fair skinned crew to put their faces on in the morning.

I like this design a lot and think that speed considerations notwithstanding, the Sockeye would be a very handsome, comfortable, and able boat for cruising most any waters with some good friends. — Sam Devlin

The Sockeye 42 is available as a custom build from Sam Devlin.



Sockeye 42 Specifications

Length 42 ft. – 0 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 6 in.
Draft 55 in.
Power Inboard diesel 145hp
Displacement 30000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Oysta 42

Oysta42SideA problem many boaters have is the unequal interests of their spouses in their real or imagined cruising adventures and, most specifically in “sailing” cruising adventures. Along came an East Coast customer who wished to spend the second half of his life with his wife continuing as his partner. It’s always a ticklish design issue, attempting to make a boat comfortable and unique enough to hold the interest of a less-than-eager spouse, yet capable and challenging enough to hold the interest and enthusiasm of the more experienced partner.

The Oysta 42 was specified to be a “motor sailer.” And not just a sailboat with an auxiliary engine. The Oysta 42 is a true 50/50 motor sailer capable of motoring through any sea condition; with the sail-assist it’s capable of doubling its useful cruising range from 1500 miles under power alone to better-than-3,000 miles with sail. And keeping an engine running affords a lot of comfort and luxury on board, while sail alone might work against the less willing crew member’s enthusiasm. An inboard low aspect ratio ketch rig was chosen to work within the design framework. Both masts are on tabernacles so that the rig can be easily lowered for canal passages. The aft pilot house design was selected allowing a large shaded (with boom canvas) outside deck area for carefree warm weather anchorages.

Oysta42RenderLooking at the accommodations, one can see a large, forward master cabin as a private refuge. The head is clear up in the bows of the boat with a separate shower and enough room to dress in leisurely comfort. There are bureaus and hanging lockers for clothing and stowage for a long cruise, and a reading seat to allow some private moments away from other crew members. Just aft of the master’s cabin is a separate cabin with its own access from a large 3 x 3′ deck hatch (which also functions as a mid-deck table). With port and starboard berths, this cabin functions as a crew’s quarters or the guest cabin for visiting family members or friends. Access to the large engine room is through the aft bulkhead of the guest cabin.

Power can be either twin small diesels of 50 hp each, or with one large single diesel of 100-120 hp. My own choice would be twin 4 cylinder 50 hp diesels as the maneuvering edge gained by twin engine installation more than justifies the small additional cost. And while motor-sailing, the lee sided engine can be left running which helps keep the shipboard electrics in shape.

In effect, the two diesels function like a built-in generator providing 12 volt and 110 AC power through high-output alternators and generous battery bank storage capabilities. Fuel tankage allows a range of 1,500 nautical miles under power alone.

Moving aft past the large mid cockpit, the pilot house is entered through port and starboard sliding doors, and features a centerline mounted helm with inside-or-outside steering, chart table to starboard, galley to port, and a real bridge to work the boat from. Stepping aft and down is a huge settee with a large table and enough room to accommodate 6 adults. A small head is off to port for quick access from the pilothouse and salon.

With tabernacle rigs, a displacement of 24,000 lbs., modest draft of 5’0″ and room enough for a long cruise, I can just imagine leaving the snow behind for warm Caribbean winds, with good ripe local fruit and pungent island rum – and best of all with my favorite mate to enthusiastically share my adventure. — Sam Devlin

The Oysta 42 is available in study plans and as a custom build from Sam Devlin and his crack crew.


Oysta 42 Specifications

Length 42 ft. – 1 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 60 in.
Power Inboard diesel, twin 50hp or single 100-150hp
Displacement 28000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
Sail Area 481 sq. ft.
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Josephine 40



In extensively cruising my 1934 salmon troller Josephine, I’ve come to appreciate many of her qualities. She’s a strong boat, comfortable in a rolling sea, and graceful in a classic workboat sense. Owning a stitch and glue boat business, it was only natural for me to take what I felt are the best parts of Josephine and adapt them to my method of boatbuilding. The result is a boat with all the aesthetic appeal of the original with the added benefits of increased interior room and decreased boat weight. The result is the Josephine 40.

It would do little good to belabor the various layouts in writing as the study plans will do a far better job. Submitted to you, dear reader and future Captain, are a number of idea drawings ranging from a working salmon fishing troller/fishboat to a motorsailor to a flybridge expedition yacht. Of course, the Josephine 40 can be built to whatever reasonable configuration the owner chooses. Give the shop a call so we can set up a time to talk about the particulars. The waters are waiting for you. – Sam Devlin

The Josephine 40 is an extensive design. The study plans are available to help you get a handle on the many options.

Josephine 40 Specifications

Length 40 ft. – 9 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 3 in.
Draft 53 in.
Power Inboard diesel
Displacement 28000 lbs. – 42000 lbs. (Full fishhold)
Hull Type Displacement
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Kokanee 38

Kokanee38TravelThe “Kokanee 38” is one of the latest building projects of Devlin Designing Boatbuilders and she is a real beauty! She is a large, heavy-duty version of a type that we have built many times and is an absolutely wonderful cruiser for her owners. They have cruised the “Ellie K” from the Northwest to Alaska (some of the finest cruising grounds in the world). She uses a heavy duty John Deere diesel engine in a specially engineered and sound proofed engine compartment, and has fuel tankage enough for a useful range of over 1,000 nautical miles at 8 knots speed. With 26,000 lbs of displacement she moves through the water with purpose, but is remarkably easy to maneuver dockside with her bow thruster, and large single screw. There is excellent visibility forward and aft from the pilothouse and sitting at the large helm is a real treat with all instruments easily visible and full command of the boat right at hand. We used Mathers Micro-Commander engine controls for easy non-mechanical drag engine controls. Coming into a tight anchorage or docking situation is as easy and stress-free as is possible in a boat of these capabilities.

Kokanee38BeautyLet’s take a look around the “Kokanee 38” the “Ellie K”, and point out some of her more interesting features. As with all of our boats, the “Devlin is in the Details” and there is quite a list of features and functions to this boat.

The first thing that you will notice when boarding from the stern swim step is the very large, deep, and secure cockpit. There is a large flush-decked Lazarette area directly in the stern that functions as a second sleeping cabin, complete with hot and cold running water, space for its own watercloset, a full queen sized berth, and propane fireplace/heater. This gives you space for a second couple to come along for the trip, with the privacy of a completely separate cabin. Kokanee38watefallThere is a covered cockpit area forward of the stern cabin with a bi-level cockpit floor. Room enough here to allow a couple of comfortable deck chairs and still be out of the traffic pattern for your fellow sailors moving from the dock or the water and into the main cabin area of the boat. You would be surprised on a trip North how convenient this covered cockpit area is, allowing one to either escape from the hot sun or keep dry out of the rain. Barbecuing or even just reading a book can be done comfortably and dry. In this deep cockpit area you are literally standing waist deep in a self -bailing area that has no need of extra lifelines or pulpits to make you feel secure. The cockpit sole has large flush hatch and below the cockpit sole can reside an optional A.C. Generator, a Panda 5 KW model that runs at a very, very quiet 56 decibels noise level. There is enough power in this Generator to run 110volt A.C. wall heaters, watermaker, or if you require reverse cycle air-conditioning/heating units.

Kokanee38BeautyA hinged door gives access into the main-salon/pilothouse of the boat, with settee (and seating for four) on the portside and galley/helm seat to the starboard side. The Refrigerator is just to the port side as you come into the cabin and has a stowage area on top. A three burner propane range is opposite the refrigerator and “L” shaped galley counter houses double sink and stowage. There are all together six opening windows in the main salon area along with the opening door to the cockpit and twin opening portlights for ventilation on those warm days. A short dinette table is hinged on a forward bulkhead and gives space for working on a laptop or eating. Helm area is to the starboard forward side of this salon area and has a large dash for instrumentation and a double wide helm seat. A bank of drawers below the helm seat allows some useful stowage for all those items that need to be at hand. Three speed controlled and power wash wind-shield wipers are on the front three centered windows of the pilothouse. We use Exalto wiper systems and with a bit of research, you will quickly find out this system is the most heavy duty and well designed system that is available. Engine room access is thru a large bi-folded hatch in the Salon/Pilothouse sole and there is good access to all necessary functions of the “HolyPlace”. The more than four full inches of sound insulation on all sides and over the engine make for an almost soundless engineering package. Sound level is in the low 60-decibel range and simply speaking with a normal voice pitch bounces the meter to 65 decibels. There is a perception of engineering noise more than a noise itself, in other words “you know that something is running but you aren’t quite sure where it is located”.


A straight staircase on the centerline of the pilothouse leads us below to the fo’c’sle of the boat with large queen sized berth to the port side forward. There are four opening portlights in this cabin as well as a large opening hatch above the bed. The cabin is painted a soft white enamel with solid Mahogany wood trim. A Dickinson propane fireplace hangs on the port bulkhead and this cabin is warm and cozy for comfortable evening time. A locker is just below the helm dashboard area and is dedicated to the ship’s electrical systems and stowage. Another full hanging locker is forward of the electrics locker and opens to the centerline of the boat. To port is the entrance to the head compartment with a vanity sink in a more than five foot long counter, with plenty of room to get ready for the day. Forward of the vanity sink/watercloset area is a shower compartment.

Going forward to the bow of the boat is a full bow pulpit for security and hand holds are also located on the Salon rooftop. The anchor is on a short bowsprit which helps the anchor to fall from this plumb bowed boat without hitting the stem. An electric anchor windlass is located at the termination of the bowsprit and with in and out foot switches, anchoring couldn’t be much easier.

On the port side of the main salon cabin roof of the boat is a dingy davit hoist with electric winch and launching or retrieving the dingy is easy and pleasant. The dingy stows on the main salon cabin roof and has its own chocks for securing to deck. There is also a ten foot painted aluminum mast located in the middle of the Salon roof and it is hinged for lowering to get into a boathouse or beneath low overhangs

Almost any kind of electronic navigation and communication aid can be accommodated on the “Kokanee 38” and the “Ellie K” has the following electronic equipment: Twin VHF Radios w/8′ antennas, GPS plotter, Echo-Depth Sounder, Radar with Chart Plotting Radar overlay screen, and finally an Autopilot. There is also a repeater instrument on the portside to allow crew to help with depth information when operating in shallow waters.

Each “Kokanee 38” is a project of more than 8,000 hours of labor and the group of people here at Devlin Boat Co. pride ourselves in the crafting of these fine vessels. Each boat is custom made for each owner and full attention and consideration is given to your needs and desires to build you the most “perfect” vessel possible. We have crafted over 400 unique, custom vessels for more than 30 years as a business and each of these boats has the detailing and flair of a “Devlin Boat”, something that can’t be said of any other type of boat. I hope you have enjoyed your inspection of the “Ellie K” and the reading of this brief description of a very interesting boat! Just as we worked with the owners of the “Ellie K”, I look forward to working with you to build your dreamboat! Just let me know when you want to start! — Sam Devlin

The Kokanee 38 is available as study plans, and as custom build from Devlin Boats. Let Sam know if this looks like the boat for you.



Kokanee 38 Specifications

Length 38 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 5 in.
Draft 48 in.
Power Inboard diesel
Displacement 26000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Golly Wobbler 38

GollyWobbler38HarborHere is a power trawler of a size large enough to spend a lot of time on cruising or even living aboard yet handy enough so that a couple can easily handle her in any conditions she might encounter. With a high visibility pilothouse and a covered after deck, it’s clear to see her Northwest heritage. This could easily be the boat to cruise comfortably to Alaska and back or just knock around Puget Sound. We have chosen a hull that performs very well with medium horsepower and put steady economical miles under her keel without needing a fuel barge to link up with her every few hours. Power is to be Volvo-Penta’s 41 series diesel of 185 hp. with fuel consumption of about 4 gallons per hour, a cruising speed of 10 knots, and a top speed of 13 knots. With a single diesel for her main power plant, dockside maneuvering will be aided by an electric bow thruster. The engine room is below the pilothouse sole and can be accessed through a door in the fo’c’sle or through lift up hatches in the pilothouse floor. Fuel tanks are port and starboard in the engine room under the side decks and the whole space is sound insulated and brightly lit so that maintenance can be as comfortable and convenient as possible.

GollyWobbler38SeatingWalking into the boat from the covered cockpit, the galley is to port with a good sized refrigerator and bar to starboard. Dinette to port and settee to starboard allow a good sized group of people to converse or lounge without feeling like they are getting in each others way. Up a couple of steps to the pilothouse, here one encounters a large, bright and should I say “shippy” feeling bridge. To port, there is a long chart table area with enough work room to suit most any ship. The helm is to starboard with a shoulder tall locker to stow oilskins and heavy winter coats for year round cruising. Extra seating in the bridge area can be handled by swiveling captain’s chairs with the main idea being to keep this area as flexible and shipshape as possible. There is 360 degree visibility from the bridge and docking is easily handled with a side sliding door to starboard and a simple single step out to the side deck.

GoGollyWobbler38Galleying forward into the fo’c’sle, you will encounter a head to port with enough room to maneuver in without feeling cramped. There is a separate shower stall and both the head compartment and shower drain into a separate sump. Cleaning is largely as easy as hosing them out with hand held rinse spigots. There is a quarter berth to starboard for that occasional guest that might come along for a cruise. Forward of the quarter berth is a hanging locker and a vanity or personal work desk on the starboard side. Forward is a large double berth and a couple of reading seats. I favor the concept of providing plenty of nesting spots so to allow one the opportunity to relax in quiet seclusion when its needed. The Gollywobbler has been designed with that in mind.

GollyWobbler38EngineConstruction will be Wood/Epoxy Composite using Devlin’s Stitch and Glue method. This construction yields a beautiful boat that is warm and insulated due to the wood hull and structure and yet as maintainable as any of the plastic fantastics you might find coming out of the large production yards. The beauty of building a boat with this method and construction technique is that the “Gollywobbler” doesn’t have to be designed for a large mass audience and can be custom built to each owners desires and needs. — Sam Devlin

The Golly Wobbler 38 is available as study plans and as a custom build from Devlin Boats. Talk to Sam about your dreams for a large power cruiser.



Golly Wobbler 38 Specifications

Length 38 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 0 in.
Draft 38 in.
Power Inboard diesel 185hp
Displacement 18000 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
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Shearwater 38

This design was done for my co-worker, Lee Sandifur, who has steadfastly stood by my side for decades now and was the result of a coffee break conversation as to what his true dreamboat might flush out as. Believe it or not, we started by thinking about a version of our Czarinna 35 with twin outboards in wells for power and many hours later, the Shearwater 38 is where we finally landed.

I think the first idea put forward that tended to de-rail that Czarinna 35 train was Lee’s desire to do some high-latitudes cruising with the boat. I just couldn’t see a cruiser like the Czarinna 35 with outboard power really working for that type of cruising and I soon laid a fresh sheet of paper on the “ol drafting table” and we finally ended up with what you see enclosed.

So let’s take a look at the Shearwater 38 and see if we might strike a pang of desire in your own heart. As for me, I was smitten as soon as she fleshed out, easily seeing myself cruising about in her visiting many secluded and remote spots. She shares the aft house configuration of the Oysta / “Annie” types that have been dealt with in other designs with doors on both sides of the pilothouse that give access to the main cabin. There is a good helm area with space to share at the centerline wheel for the first mate (or other chums). A dinette with table on the port side and another settee to starboard allow good conversation and refreshment once you get the anchor down. Going down a couple of steps from the pilothouse, there is a galley to starboard and another seating area but I didn’t put a table in this space as the one in the pilothouse will serve that function but one could be fitted if desired. The single head is also accessed in this space with water closet up in the port edge, a sink fitted literally under the settee/dinette seat in the pilothouse above, and a shower fitted just outboard of the sink. A door at the front of this head compartment opens up a passageway that moves forward below the seats in the pilothouse, under the raised portion of the mid/waist deck and then into the forward sleeping cabin. In the pilothouse where the port side seat burns out, I show a hinged flap that either gives headroom to the passageway or allows the pilothouse door on the port side to be accessed and exit of the pilothouse can be done on either side.


Once you’re in the fo’c’sle/sleeping cabin, there is literally not much to say except that there are two very comfortable and very accessible berths and plenty of lockers for gear. There is also another companionway that exits to the waist deck area and back on the deck. Access to the front of the engine room is accomplished from the fo’c’sle/sleeping cabin or from the port passageway that connects the stern to the forward cabin, via sliding doors on the side of the engine room.

There an anchor well deck up in the bows of the boat and here I would lodge a hydraulic anchor windlass with reel. These are great windlasses to choose from that hold plenty of rode and lots of chain connected to the anchor. They are run with a “b” series hydraulic pump off the engine and are about as trouble free as one can get anchoring. Another advantage of this type of anchoring gear is to keep the chain and rode out of the interior of the boat. If they come up off the bottom dirty and smelly, the rain will wash them off and it really helps to keep the interior of the boat in clean, dry shape.

As for the deck and working the boat, there is the mast forward with boom that could accommodate a simple sail, the forestay could be fitted with a roller furling jib, and the mizzen shows a small area steadying sail. For trade winds work, this rig could add considerably to the thrust of the engine and extend her range to oceanic levels if desired. The boom, in a lowered position, can fit up a good cockpit boom tent to provide shade outside when the sun is out. I also show stabilizer poles that hinge from the deck edge and are guyed to the mizzen mast for running in really rough waters. With small area and simple to set sails, poles guyed out and paravanes working away, this boat could run in just about any waters, safely and comfortably.


Lee’s idea is to group fund the rest of the design and I know that he is hoping against hope that his own ship might come in and fund the actual build of her. I hope you all enjoyed the Shearwater and if you’re interested in helping with the funding of the final design, please feel free to contact either myself or Lee. – Sam Devlin

The Shearwater 38 is available as study plans. Please contact Sam if you would like to join in the development of a great traveling boat.


Shearwater 38 Specifications

Length 37 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 2 in.
Draft 48 in.
Power Inboard diesel 74-150hp
Displacement 28000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Dynamo Too 38

DynamoToo38FAThis is a design commissioned by William Turner of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) region modeled after one of my favorite William Garden designs, the “Dynamo”. Bill was interested in having me do the design work necessary to convert the original Garden design over to the Stitch and Glue building method so that he might have us potentially build her in the style and fashion of our larger builds. Bill was not interested in changing the interior arrangements or configurations but thought the original Garden design was genius in its intent. The only thing that he wanted different was the construction medium, not the traditional plank on frame construction that William Garden designed her for. What Bill was interested in was having a boat built that would allow him the luxury of using the boat more than working on keeping the boat in shape. By this I mean that Bill had already had a long affair with an older conventional plank on frame vessel, one that needed almost constant attention to stay only slightly ahead of the maintenance gremlins. This is a scenario that I know very well as my own Josephine built in 1934 and her traditional construction demands constant attention and energy with only small dollops of actual cruising use to help keep me energized. I fantasize constantly about what life might be like without the continual chasing of one maintenance gremlin or another, many of which could hold me hostage to the tune of hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to attend to. So when Bill approached me about doing a conversion to Stitch and Glue, I knew right away just what he was thinking, he wanted to go cruising and not just work on the boat.

I, too, knew Bill Garden and had visited him many times before he died in 2011 at the age of 93. In my opinion, Bill was an absolute genius with the drafting pencil and I have spent many hours carefully looking at his drawings, trying to take in the artistic expression that his drafting hand lent to each of his drawings. About 15 years ago, my son and I had the pleasure of buying a little 20 ft. sailboat that Bill had built himself complete with a tiny cabin and a 4 cylinder Gray Marine inboard engine. That project and the simple experience of helping Bill finish it up, launching her and then towing her down from Sydney British Columbia, to our shop in Olympia is one of my fondest memories.

So let’s get back to the design of the ‘Dynamo Too”. This is the type that Bill Garden called a “Halibut Cruiser” which is loosely modeled after the Halibut Schooners that have been fished for more than 100 years in the North Pacific. The pilothouse was always set more in the stern of the boat than up in the eyes or the forward parts of the boat, helping I would guess to keep the salt spray off the house. But this was also the best way for the skipper to be able to see the crew pulling in large Halibut over the starboard side forward without having to continually look back behind himself to the stern as he would if the pilothouse were more forward. These were long line boats setting out sometimes literal miles of gangline (mainline) with smaller ganglions of line and a hook and bait set on the end, each set sometimes amounting to thousands of hooks and with an anchor at either end to fasten to the bottom, patiently soaking away under the water waiting for an Halibut to swim by and close his mouth over the bait, literally hooking himself. After letting the longline soak for a period of time, the Schooner would return and start picking up one end of the line and if the fishing was good, gaffing the captured Halibut up and into the deck checkers (boxes or bins on the deck that allowed sorting of the fish before being cleaned) and then a gutting and stowing in layers of ice in the hold, waiting until the schooner returned to port to offload its catch. These Schooners were multiple masted and typically 65-95 ft. in length and they evolved near the end of the use of sail in the fisheries at a time when engines weren’t the most reliable in the running department. With their stout short masts, they could be sailed if the engine took a dislike to its primary job. The sails were also used to help to steady the boat in the confused seas that are so common in the North Pacific by resisting some of the rocking back and forth in the swells.

Our own Dynamo Too is a much smaller version of the type and doesn’t have room enough for the original Schooner rig so we retained the original foremast from the rig but the mainmast (the aftermost and tallest spar) was deleted. The pilothouse has enough glass to allow good visibility in all directions and with the crew up near the helm helping to keep an eye on the water, a really fine experience for all the ship’s crew can be had. One of the nicest features of this design is the covered house and after deck giving shade in the middle of the cruising season and a respite from the rain and drizzle that can be so common in the Northwest at the ends of the season, both the early spring and the late fall. With the large “U” shaped seat in the stern of the boat, the “after the hook is set” hours can be spent either dry (out of the rain) or cooler (out of the sun) and with a lovely vista of the anchorage as the backdrop to an evening’s libations. There are twin doors going forward into the pilothouse with an “L” shaped dinette to starboard and a long strip galley to port. This is what we call a “Galley Up” arrangement and while the sacrifice in space is considerable in the pilothouse, the advantage to the cook to see out while working on a meal preparation and the advantage to the skipper to grab quick snacks and have easy access to the coffee pot for those long watches at the wheel. I have put a diesel range in the galley for both the heating and the cooking chores and to provide a “haven of warmth” in the pilothouse thus keeping it always warm and inviting which is always appreciated while cruising when the cold crew comes in from chores. If you are reading this from Florida then you may not get the thrust of my intent in keeping the boat warm and comforting but if you’ve experienced cruising along the Northwest Coast, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska where you might go the whole summer and never roll up the sleeves of your wool shirt, the warmth and comfort of a diesel range is not to be discounted.


After drinks on the rear deck and some stories woven and re-counted between friends and perhaps even the fragrance of a fine cigar to spice the early evening hours, it’s finally time to retreat below. We go forward to the dash of the wheelhouse and then down a series of steps into the focsle of the vessel with another heater down here to help keep this deeper and typically cooler area of the boat warm and comfortable. The head is off to the port side in a space large enough for all the functions of a head. There is no separate shower stall but a circular curtain can be pulled out away from the wall keeping the water centralized into the center drain and a gray-water sump. Forward of the head area is a hanging locker and a large “U” shaped lounging area with a skylight hatch overhead and a wooden table to receive the inevitable drinks that will be consumed while visiting with your cruising pals. When all the crew is tuckered out and it’s finally time to go to sleep there is a double berth forward and the “U” shaped seating area can easily be pressed into use allowing another couple of sleepers. On the rare occasion when a pack is aboard, then the dinette up in the pilothouse can be converted into another double berth.

Back up on deck before all these events of the evening commenced, there was the anchoring up of the Dynamo Too in some quiet cove and with the reel type anchor windlass in the well deck up forward, this is an easy operation. A simple “B” style hydraulic pump is switched on and the crew can go forward and release the hold back on the rode with a simple nudge and the anchor is over the side and very quickly is on the bottom. The skipper then backs the Dynamo Too up to set the hook and a simple press down on the all chain rode with the foot confirms the anchor is tight and set. Shutdown of the engine can now be done noting the engine hours in the ships logbook and then the drinking lamp is lit. This is living at its most enjoyable level — simple, basic, warm, and intellectually entertaining! — Sam Devlin

The Dynamo Too is available as a custom build from Devlin Designing Boatbuilders. Contact Sam if this is the boat for you.



Dynamo Too 38 Specifications

Length 38 ft. – 9 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 52 in.
Power Inboard diesel 125hp
Displacement 28000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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