Amak Tugboats

Amak 44 Cabin
Amak 44 Cabin

Tugboats have been a long standing theme in my life and I started my tug-affliction at an early age.  When I was in kindergarten at the age of 5, I won an art competition with a tugboat composition and even though the medium was smeary crayon, it showed some promise of tug-work in my design quiver even at that young phase of my life.  During my college years, I worked on several different tugs in Alaska, saving my money and helping to grubstake me thru school at the University of Oregon.  The very first tug that I worked on was named the ‘Amak’ and a fine example of the type she was, home ported in Ketchikan, Alaska and as I recall, built in the late 1890s. She was wood, of course, nicely detailed (though she was a working tug), had a Cat diesel engine and after just a few days on board, I was hooked.  The ‘Amak’ was to change my life. I read issue #1 of WoodenBoat magazine onboard her and made up my mind that boats, indeed wooden boats, were to be my life choice of hobby, avocation, passion, and career.

To celebrate the spirit of that first tug, I have named these models, in all their sizes, the ‘Amak’ series and I tell you this, in all confidence, that if my ship ever comes in and I reach a time in my life when I want to slow down just a bit, I would like to build one of these boats and do a bit more tugging myself.  You can look at the designs and dream all the modifications you might want but always keep in mind that a tug needs quite a bit of weight, a big screw (propeller), and some old style horsepower to keep her happy. Enjoy!  — Sam Devlin

The entire series is available in study plans. Contact Sam to develop your custom dream tugboat.

Amak 26
Amak 26

Amak 26 Specifications

Length on Deck 26 ft. – 3 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 0 in.
Draft 39 in.
Power Inboard diesel 30-100hp
Displacement 9000 lbs.
Amak 32
Amak 32

Amak 32 Specifications

Length on Deck 32 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 10 in.
Draft 44 in.
Power Inboard diesel 50-100hp
Displacement 18000 lbs.
Amak 38
Amak 38

Amak 38 Specifications

Length on Deck 37 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 12 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 50 in.
Power Inboard diesel 120-250hp
Displacement 33000 lbs.
Amak 44
Amak 44
Amak 44 Deck Plan
Amak 44 Deck Plan

Amak 44 Specifications

Length on Deck 43 ft. – 10 in.
Beam 14 ft. – 6 in.
Draft 69 in.
Power Inboard diesel 200-350hp
Displacement 45000 lbs.
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Tugzilla 26

With all the charm of generations of tugboats roaming the waterways, the Tugzilla 26 offers several paths to boating pleasure. First, she’s a real working boat, built with the rugged Devlin methods for a long lasting and easy to maintain boat. She will push and pull to your heart’s content. Second, she’s not a cruiser, but she has a comfortable forward cabin for short journeys into new places and is easily capable of endless day-cruising adventures. Third and perhaps most importantly, tugboats are fun. Devlin’s unique eye for traditional lines in modern packages will guarantee a boat that turns heads and strikes up conversations everywhere you go. If there is one things that makes boating special, it’s all those new friends.

The Tugzilla 26 is available in study and construction plans and as a custom build from Devlin Boats. Imagine the neighborhood scandal when you start building a tugboat in your back yard.

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Tugzilla 26 Specifications

Length 26 ft. – 5 9/16 in.
Beam 10ft. – 1 in.
Draft 3 ft. 7 3/8 in.
Power Inboard diesel
Displacement 10600 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Godzilla 22

Godzilla22BowWhat is it about tugboats? They have a certain charm, a certain toy-like quality that may go all the way back to this classic children’s book. In the case of the Godzilla 22, that magical quality is available in a boat small enough to avoid licensing requirements, agile enough to use in tight harbors, strong enough to work like a mule, and durable enough to last for decades. Built around a unique diesel drivetrain of Norwegian make, the Godzilla is ready to push and pull heavy loads all day long. Constructed of Devlin stitch and glue technology, the Godzilla is as tough as its engine, and with routine maintenance, will never let you down. For the details, read Sam’s design notes.

The Godzilla 22 is available as study and full construction plans.

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Godzilla 22 Specifications

Length 22 ft. – 0 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 2 ft. – 6 in.
Power Inboard diesel
Displacement 3000 lbs.
Top Speed 6 knots at 1800 rpm
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