Auk

A customer occasionally graces me with his conceptual drawings for a new vessel. A while ago he brought in a drawing for a motorsailor. She had a cat/yawl rig with the masts folding down in a tabernacle for low bridge clearance and to allow storage in a boat house. After a little editing, the Auk is the result.

She is a perky vessel in most eyes. The flush deck yields lots of interior space. The pilothouse adds light to help relieve the claustrophobia of rainy coast life. A simple, yet functional, interior design affords more lounging comfort for two than most boats in her size range.

The power is a small lightweight diesel running through a saildrive in the stern. She uses an outboard rudder for steering with a small mizzen to help balance the helm in a breeze. The mizzen can be unstepped and used as a sailrig on a dinghy, perhaps a Polliwog.

I have noticed a lot of people deciding to forgo cruising with two or three couples in exchange for a sane afternoon of gunkholing in some out-of-the-way place in a small but very able vessel such as this. — Sam Devlin

The Auk is a concept drawing at this point. Contact Sam if you would like to see the design developed.

Auk Specifications

Length 22 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 2 in.
Draft 3 ft.
Power Diesel Sail Drive
Displacement  
Hull Type Displacement
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River Crawler 22

A gentleman came into my shop a few years (Decades? Wow, time flies.) ago to discuss a small cruiser for protected waters. His requirements were fourfold: trailerability, shallow draft, a displacement hull, and a proper cruising cabin. Following the usual back and forth involved in a new boat design, we came up with the River Crawler.

This little cruising boat gives her skipper access to the little gems of anchorages that are off limits to larger boats. Drawing less than a foot, she would be equally comfortable in the Florida Keys or upper tributaries of the Columbia River. This shallow underbody is ideal for beaching and the keel protects the running gear. Generous access is given to the diesel sail drive via a large hinged hatch aft or this boat could conceivably be powered by an outboard in a well. An adequate self-draining cockpit leads to a cozy, yet comprehensive cabin. With a fully enclosed head to port and a galley to starboard, the skipper and mate have a lot of comfort for a boat only slightly over 22 feet. The helm and co-helm seats are afforded a great view through large windows. The bow has a large v berth, as indicated in the drawings. With an optional drop-in insert, the sleeping quarters can be made roomy enough for even the most acrobatic of sleepers. The River Crawler would be hard to beat for a couple who wanted to launch on a quiet creek on a Friday, explore for a couple days, then pull her out on the trailer ramp on Sunday. The humble River Crawler gives her skipper the full spectrum of gunkholing possibilities without the headaches that inevitably come with larger boats.

Unfortunately, the gentleman’s circumstances prevented the completion of this design. I’m hoping that somebody will come along and give the River Crawler the chance to come to life; she certainly deserves it. – Sam Devlin

The River Crawler is available as study plans. Contact Sam if you would like to see them developed into construction plans.

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River Crawler 22 Specifications

Length 22 ft. – 2 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 2 in.
Draft 22 in.
Power Inboard diesel with sail drive or outboard
Displacement
Hull Type Semi-Displacement

 

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Chinook 21

ChinookRenderThe Devlin Chinook 21 is a wonderful little cruiser. Her power is a 18hp Yanmar fresh water cooled diesel engine located at the stern of the boat and cruises burning about 1/2 of a gallon of fuel per hour at 6 knots. She runs smooth and quiet. In fact, at lower than 5 knots speed, you are almost tricked into thinking that she has an electric engine. She has 5 ft 6 in headroom in the pilothouse and a double berth and a nice hidey space for a porta-potti. There is no inside steering station — the controls are on the exterior side of the house so you’ve room to sleep in comfort. Her cockpit is large enough to take along up to 5 or 6 of your friends if you desire and her built-in 20 gallon fuel tank will allow many hours of running.

ChinookSternShe also has a small mast that mounts a postage stamp of a steadying sail which helps stabilize her when running in big seas or high winds, but I like it for the capability of setting a cockpit awning that will shade the captain and crew when they need a respite from the sun. With her diesel engine, if desired, you can mount a bus type heater for a little extra comfort. She is very trailerable when you want to relocate her for new adventures.

I never worked up the home-builder plans for this design, but if enough coaxing is done, i.e. priming the old coffer pump, I might be persuaded.  – Sam Devlin

The Chinook 21 is available as study plans.

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Chinook 21 Specifications

Length 20 ft. – 9 in.
Beam 7 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 1 ft. 10 in.
Power Inboard 18hp diesel
Displacement 2700 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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