Sketchbook 7-26-16 Design#2

Sockeye for 7-footer

Sockeye 63-7

Length 63’-6”
Beam 18’-6”
Draft 6’-7”
Disp. Est. 86,000

 
A very pleasant Sunday afternoon phone conversation with ‘Jeff’ a prospective boat buyer very soon outlined a potential problem with the design that he was interested in. You see Jeff is 7ft. tall and while I design my boats for tall people the 7ft. height is really off the radar for most design projects unless specifically needed or requested by the design customer. Simple design modifications can be done to an existing design to a point but sometimes you really need to think out of the box to accommodate the customer and their very specific requirements and needs.

After hanging up the phone I simply couldn’t put this one away in my mind and so spent the next couple of hours modifying another similar design to fit Jeff’s unique height requirements. In this drawing the cockpit has a 7ft occupant included for scale, all interior headroom’s are In the 7’-4” range including the forward cabin area.

Just a bit of glimpse into the life of an inveterate boat sketcher and designer’s life, this one wrapped around a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon.

Sockeye for 7-footer

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Sockeye 62

Sometimes I get asked what boat I would be if I really had to grow up.  But the better question would be what boat I would be if my own ship came in and I could really afford to build the dream boat to take me on the journey that eventually ends up in Valhalla – presuming, of course, that I die in battle with my weapons (Scotch and cigar) in hand.  As for me, I would settle for just pitching off the deck someday and hopefully from the deck of one of my own designs. Yes, all this is a little morbid and only points out that as I age, the ever-present gargoyle looming over my head is the limited number of days that we have on this Earth and the strengthening reminder that each day is precious and needs to be lived without remorse or regret. Now, back to what I would build if my own ship comes in.  Hmm, let’s see, would it be power or sail? Would it be small or large? All good questions to ponder…

I think it would be this Sockeye 62, a real “man’s boat” if I can say that in this day of pussy footing around social correctness in our speech and writings. In fact, it would take a real man to tackle the tricky job of handling her with a giant propeller and while I might succumb to the temptation to add a big hydraulic bow thruster, with this hull shape, it’s tough to add a stern thruster to her as she is pretty much a double ended hull.  So the Skipper will be forced to actually learn to run her, learn to walk the prop into the dock, and learn to become the master of the machinery around him.

Think of the pack of friends that could be invited to come along for the day — lots of tending lines to do and the Skipper needs to focus on keeping the boat in the channel.  These drawings are pretty much self-explanatory and worth a walk thru the boat from stem to stern. A hull laminate of fully 2.25 inches of sandwiched marine plywood with a layer of Kevlar cloth embedded between each layer, this puppy will stop any bullet shot at it or blunt off any deadhead she encounters. Range would be something north of 3,500 nautical miles and the comfort level would be very high.

As for me, part of the dream is sitting around that stern with a pack of friends. The spirits are going to be high with the excitement of just starting a long cruise North into the Inside Passage. The boat’s loaded with good food, good friends, and the only option we have is to have a great time, in fact the time of our lives.  The only hard part of this decision is whether or not to build the Flying Bridge model or the Bald headed version.  This, my friends, is what I would wish given my own ship comes in. It’s not just about dreaming, it’s also a lot about taking action. Enjoy the viewing!  — Sam Devlin

The Sockeye 62 is available as study plans, and as a custom build from the Devlin crew. Contact Sam to develop your own unique nautical path to paradise.

 

 

Sockeye 62 Specifications

Length 62 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 17 ft. – 6 in.
Draft 79 in.
Power Inboard diesel 285-425hp
Displacement 86000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement

 

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Sockeye 45

Sockeye45CoverThe Sockeye 45 is a full displacement type boat with an almost workboat type appearance. It has enough room inside to be comfortable with two couples. Its draft is modest enough 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.

Sockeye45SamThe Sockeye 45 is powered by a single 145 HP John Deere marine engine is recommended. This engine weighs in at 1,500 pounds and runs at a top speed of 2,400 rpm. The hull itself features a fantail configuration and is very seakindly in the full displacement range of performance. Top speed is 9 knots and cruising speed of 8 knots at about 3 – 4 gallons of fuel per hour. The engine is below the pilothouse and is sound insulated. — Sam Devlin

The Sockeye 45 is available in study and full construction plans, as well as a custom build from Sam Devlin.

 

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Sockeye 45 Specifications

Length 45 ft. – 10 in.
Beam 13 ft. – 2 in.
Draft 55 in.
Power Inboard diesel, 145hp
Displacement 38000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
Speed 8.5 knots cruise/9.7 knots max
Range 1500 miles @ 8.5 knots
Fuel Capacity 580 gallons
Water Capacity 80 gallons

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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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