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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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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