She is a very traditional looking yacht with a plumb bow and a fantail stern forming the ends of an easily driven hull. Her forward pilothouse meshes nicely with a large beamy main salon aft of the helm/galley area. Comfort underway is of main importance here with 6’4″ head room in the main salon. Four large opening windows in the salon area are set to perfect viewing height while seated in the salon. There is also a large 24″ x 36″ hatch/skylight on the salon cabin top which hinges upward for ventilation.
The head is on the starboard side, at the aft end of the main salon. With the water closet and a remarkable Pullman-style sink/wash basin that folds onto the bulkhead, this head compartment can convert into a shower stall for longer cruises.
A solid-fuel heater is mounted on the forward bulkhead of the head. In winter, the boat is warm and dry without the sweating and mildew problems normally associated with most boats in today’s market. In the summer, the feeling in the main salon is like sitting in a large screened porch. Both settees are 68″ long and double as berths. There is a folding leaf table which can accommodate anything from casual drinks to formal dining for four.
Forward of the main salon is the raised pilothouse with port and starboard helm seats and galley space aft on both sides. Refrigeration tucks neatly below the companion helm seat and there is stowage on both sides under the counters. A propane stove allows the cook to enjoy the ride in the pilothouse with excellent visibility and full 72″ headroom. Forward in the fo’c’sle, accessible through a hinged hatch, is a large berth and storage area. This can be a private suite or out-of-the-way storage.
The twin 18 hp YANMAR diesels will cruise Czarinna at 7 knots at 1900 RPM. The noise, vibration and smell normally associated with high speed boats just doesn’t develop on Czarinna. Each engine is tucked out of the way, under the settees, port and starboard, in a sound insulated seat compartment. Fuel consumption is very economical, two-thirds of a gallon of diesel per hour, at her cruising speed of 7 knots. It’s hard to imagine cruising more economically than this these days.
I am happy to report the launching and sea-trials are completed on the newest of the Devlin fleet — the “Moon River 48” and she is living up to all our expectations and dreams. She runs thru the water with an amazing grace, cutting thru the waves like there is nothing in her way. She is smooth and powerful on the water and with her twin John Deere engines purring away quietly in the cockpit, there is an almost dreamlike quality to her motion thru the water.
Top speed with the twin John Deere 315 hp Diesel engines is 23 knots at 80% of the power curve. That means she has a bit more speed potential in her but she would need to be operated above the 80% line and most boats don’t get run that hard. Cruising speed of 18 knots is easy, smooth, and quiet with the engines just sipping at fuel and you really think you’re moving at a slow pace but if you look aft, you can see she is marching along at a much faster rate.
She is also very docile around the docks and in tight quarters as she has the maneuvering ability of her twin screws to help the skipper out and with proportional bow and stern thrusters, you can really make her do virtually anything that you need. The 360 visibility from the helm is extraordinary and with tiny little adjustments to either the props or thrusters, it really is a low stress way to be on the water. One of the great virtues of a sedan type cruiser like the Moon River 48 is that the windage is low — there is plenty of boat in the water and not so much area above the water that the wind can push on. Really, she is a very pleasant boat to use.
So let’s take a written tour through her and see what she has for space and accommodations. There is a floatational swim step on her rear with the level being just perfect for stepping onto the boat from a dock or from a dingy. There is mid-calf height 2” diameter stainless steel railings (staples) on the back of the swim step to help keep you centered but this is a 36” wide step and there is no lack of room or any feeling of insecurity when you step aboard. The cockpit is entered thru a door that hinges on the back of the transom and stepping up into the self-bailing cockpit is easy and secure. Stepping up into the cockpit you will notice the large cockpit area is half covered with a roof extension of the house with a couple of wide seats in the immediate back of the cockpit that allow the sun worshipers to stay happy and two almost 7ft. long seats port and starboard under cover of the roof extension for those passengers preferring shade. These covered seats are really the tops of the two engine boxes and with electric motors to raise them it is just the matter of pressing a couple of rocker switches and the engines are exposed. Between the engine box seats on the centerline cockpit sole is a flush hatch that if opened exposes a larger area between the engines. All access for checking oil, checking the water strainers, changing oil, and shifting fuel from one tank to another is done from this area. There is a ladder leading into it and everything is here from tool box stowage to spare oil soak rags, right at hand and well lit from a total of 8 lights — easy to get into and back out.
Moving forward is the centerline door to the main cabin with the galley immediately to the starboard side of the boat and on the port side is a large bureau top cabinet with hatch and door in it. This is the access to the second stateroom and by opening the hatch and swinging open the door, a ladder can access this area. There is a generous berth outboard in the space, locker room for duffels and hanging clothes and just below the cabin sole on the centerline of the boat is another single berth. This aft stateroom has a generous almost 7ft. headroom and is painted in white paint with mahogany wood trim and it looks clean and comfortable. Ventilation is provided by a larger hatch that opens into the cockpit of the boat just above the top of the engine box. There is also access to the main systems area of the boat either from the single berth under the centerline or thru another flush hatch in the main sole of the salon. Located in this space are the pumps for potable water, blackwater pumps, centerline water tank, inverter, Glendinning shore power cord basket, battery charger and more. This space is well lighted and completely finished with our traditional Devlin finishes. In fact, one of the things that we are most known for is our finishes with every part of the boat being an example of our simple but elegant finishes with all construction done to the highest level of quality and finish.
Back up in the main salon, the galley is to the starboard side and has the shape of a large “U” — the freezer and refrigerator are below counter, drawer type units and a trash compactor, sink, and a 4 burner range with oven complete the suit plus there are gobs of drawers for dish, silverware, pots, pans and all the other items a modern boat need to stow away. All drawers have sea-locks on them — simple swiveling tabs that lock the drawer into closed position and hold tight even in a tough sea-way. Opposite the galley is a “U” shaped dinette that can seat up to six with comfort with a varnished table of Bubinga wood that finishes out the dining area. Forward of the settee is the co/helm seat with the back being convertible from either the use for the settee or the use for the co/helm. Electronic instruments are on both the helm and the co/helm sides with the co/helm person able to help monitor the progress of the vessel or scout ahead for safe anchorages or obstacles. Lots of counter space behind the front windows allows the spreading out of charts or tide tables while underway. On the starboard side is a large helm area with full instrumentation and a helm seat that can actually seat two side by side if desired. More drawers and stowage spaces are festooned around the helm and co/helm area providing organized stowage of all items.
On the subject of ventilation, there are all-together 11 opening windows and hatches in the main salon/pilothouse of the Moon River not counting the main companionway door itself so it’s very easy to be comfortable and cool in this vessel either underway or at anchor or tied up to a dock.
Going down 4 steps into the focsle of the Moon River, you see the master head to starboard with full shower stall and on the port side an almost mirror image of the master head except for the shower stall for the crew. The doors to the two heads are arranged to be convenient to either using from the main salon for the crew and for using from the master stateroom up in the bows of the boat for the master head. A large door leads into the master stateroom forward with full island style queen sized berth forward and hanging lockers port and starboard for both the skipper and for the first mate. This is a spacious and light and airy feeling cabin with beautiful Alaska Yellow Cedar tongue and groove overhead and Yellow Cedar and Mahogany trim for all doors, drawers, fiddle, deck beams etc. The forward stateroom also has a large 28”x28” hatch in the ceiling with screen system on it for privacy.
Clear up forward ahead of the queen sized berth is the chain locker — it’s divided into two sides and the Moon River can carry 150 ft. of chain and 250 ft. of line anchor rode. Immediately above is a Lofrans anchor windlass and deck wash system.
This finishes our tour of the boat except to mention that there are strong welded type 316 stainless steel railings protecting the crew moving forward onto the foredeck and handrails and ladder to get to the roof top. Clear up on top of the Moon River is a Nick Jackson electric davit that has capacity to lift a 1,200 lb. tender onboard. Stainless steel dingy feet complete the vessel and with good access to the roof-top, the Moon River completes the test for a fine cruising vessel.
Build time on the first of these was just over 19,000 hours, an almost staggering figure in this mass-produced world that we live in these days. But it is a testament to the trust that our customers have in our craft that allows us to build a vessel like the Moon River. When you work on a project like this, it is quickly realized that there is something special about working with your hands, and your brain and building, indeed breathing life, into a vessel like her. Thanks to all for the effort and the chance to bring Moon River to the water. – Sam Devlin
The Moon River is available as study plans and as a custom build from Sam and his team.
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.
Going 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.
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.
A 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.
Looking 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.
The image of a traditional fantail cruising yacht is one of idic grace and charm, style and comfort. Combine those ingredients with modern technology and the result is the Czarinna 35, the perfect marriage of idic design and today’s technology.
The cabin and main salon, though elegant, are very functional. Czarinna’s main salon has 6’4″ head room. The starboard dinette seats four and converts to a double berth. The large settee to port provides seating and also converts to sleeping quarters. A solid fuel, bulkhead heater keeps the cabin warm and cozy. In the heat of summer, four large opening windows and a skylight keep the cabin cool and airy.
In the aft section of the main salon, you will find the head-and-sink compartment on the starboard side and the full standing shower on the port side.
In the pilothouse forward, is the galley, aft of the steering station: It includes a refrigerator and built-in port and starboard storage lockers. The two-burner, propane range and oven are to starboard. The size and layout give the cook ample room to prepare a feast for many. Built-in tanks provide 165 gallons of fresh water.
Our choice for engines are two YANMAR 3GMF-27 diesels which produce 27 HP each. These highly efficient and reliable engines drive her at a cruising range of 680 nautical miles.
The Czarinna 35′ has many areas for storing gear and accommodating you and your guests in graceful style. She is truly a safe haven from a frantic world. — Sam Devlin
The Czarinna 35 is available as study plans and as a complete custom build from Devlin.
We are proud to announce the launch of the ‘Anne Elise’, the first of our Red Salmon Fishing Cruiser design. Along with the classic lines and wooden construction of Devlin designs, the ‘Anne Elise’ brings a package of new technology to the world of wooden boats. Using the state-of-the-art Mercury Marine joystick maneuvering system, the boat is capable of moving laterally in any direction and pivoting within the length of the boat. The joystick system allows for unprecedented ease of docking, particularly in challenging conditions. If you had asked me 38 years ago if I would be building a boat with 600hp, joystick maneuvering, and with a top speed of 50mph, I would have said you’re crazy!
The Red Salmon 33 starts with performance. In addition to the joystick maneuvering advantage, she is a dynamic boat with unreal hole-shot power, driving quickly and smoothly to her top speed of 50mph. Even at that speed, she remains responsive to the helm, carving smooth and graceful turns through the water. I had told our customer before the launch that he might want to take it easy on the throttles, but after driving the ‘Anne Elise’, I must confess that she is so much fun that I didn’t want to throttle back.
We chose the Mercury Marine 300hp twin Verado engines for the combination of power and remarkable fuel economy. The experts from Mercury assisted the entire engine setup process, tuning the joystick system for optimal results. According to Mercury, the Red Salmon 33 is the world’s first double station vessel equipped with the joystick system, with wheel and joystick in the pilothouse and a secondary joystick aft for extraordinary ease in docking maneuvers. The end result is smooth, powerful, and exhilarating. At slow speed, you can barely hear the engines running. At speed, you are moving away so fast, it’s hard to get a sense of engine noise at all.
In Devlin tradition, this level of performance is married to the shape and feel of a vessel with truly classic lines and appearance. Almost 40 years of refinement in wooden boat building technique, combining the unique advantages of high quality marine plywood and very exacting construction standards with the strength and durability of epoxy composite technology, the Red Salmon is another example of the best of all worlds in pleasure boats. I can’t help but think that her appeal and fine performance is due to her rugged wood/epoxy construction.
She was built as a Fishing/Cruiser design with both design goals firmly in mind. She has a soft canvas bulkhead at the end of the house with a centerline door that can be zipped tight in rough conditions and easily opened up for close access to the fishing on the aft deck. There are fresh water rinsing stations at the bow and stern, and a 45 gallon freshwater tank to keep the supply at hand. Inside are two lovely berths, a galley and a fully enclosed head for privacy. Showering can be done in the wet/shower or out in the cockpit. There is a propane cabin heater for cool mornings, and a hot water heater to keep the crew happy.
After all the amenities and design, yet more technology improves the experience. The ‘Anne Elise’ sports a Mercury Vessel View 7 inch instrument screen along with a 12 inch Simrad screen for plotter and radar functions, along with Sirius satellite radio and excellent systems engineering to make sure that every function of the Red Salmon 33 is accessible and reliable. Like all Devlin boats, this one is built to last, and built to the last detail. – Sam Devlin
The Red Salmon is available as a custom build from Devlin.
It is frequently asked of me fairly how a new boat design comes to life and what were the steps involved in the evolution of each design and the answer is never a simple one. The “Onamuni” project came up originally as an email inquiry from a Mr. Al Hatfield. Al was looking for a launch to service his lodge on Lake Vermillion in Northern Minnesota. The boat would be used to run his friends and family the 26 odd miles up lake to the nearest watering hole and back again. Lake Vermillion is a fairly large lake with lots of islands and hundreds of miles of waterfront, all of it interesting and sight worthy, but Al had it in his mind that the trip would be even more enjoyable if it were done with a ‘really classy launch’ as the hub of the whole experience. So Al’s simple question of “Do I have a launch in my quiver of designs and what would I recommend?” morphed after a couple of weeks to the early preliminary drawing of the Onamuni. We called that early design the “Scarlett Macaw” but soon after the building project commenced, the name morphed into the “Onamuni” which is the Indian name for Lake Vermillion.
Al had strong ideas of what he wanted and one day he made a statement. He said “Sam, some people have Ferraris as one of their cars and barely drive them. I have a Ferrari and I drive mine everyday.” He was trying to tell me that performance was really important and that he intended to extract as much performance as he could on a daily basis while using the new boat. I probably muttered something about why build a boat that can go 40 miles per hour and then run around at 15 mph every day babying the engines. But Al emphasized to me that he fully intended to drive the boat fast and enjoy that aspect of it. I can report that the Onamuni can run really fast. In fact, for a boat of 33 ft. of length, she can really spit about on the water, and during the sea trials, I had enough time running her that I must report that I, too, enjoyed running her fast. Her performance was so good that I couldn’t find a photo chase boat that could keep up with her and I had to hire a helicopter to accomplish the photography.
With her twin Yanmar 260 hp diesel engines, here’s how she performed during sea trials:
Gallons per hour
Miles per gallon
Diesel power was chosen for its fuel economy and with the maneuvering of the twin engines backed up by a bow and stern thruster, she can be put in and out of just about any area the owner wants to take her to. There is seating for 8 either inside or outside and with inside and outside steering controls, she can accommodate just about anything the “ol’ weather gods” want to throw at her. That is pretty good fuel economy for a boat that can haul 8 passengers safely and enjoyably across the lake.
As for the aesthetics of the Onamuni, I viewed and described her during the building process as a “Chopped Devlin”. She most certainly has our look about her but it’s all done in a slightly rakish manner with the scale of the Onamuni pegged for looking “just about right”! When we did our photo shoot, Neil Rabinowitz reported her as “very good looking” and he has certainly seen a lot of boats in his lifetime of doing marine photography. Once I saw the galley of proofs on the photos, I was stunned. She is really a good looking boat, if I say so myself, and I am typically pretty hard on myself about looks and styling. Onamuni looks like a boat that has a job to do and that she can do it without compromise. Take a look at these fine photos Neil has produced and tell me if you agree that she looks just right!
Highlights of the build were the chance to work with an owner that knew just about almost smack dab on point what he wanted and what he expected of us to deliver on that vision. While it has been several years since the last time we were tasked with this type of job, Al gave us a budget to put Northwest Indian art in her. It was a blast to ferret out proper art for display in the Onamuni and the extra touch of class it lent greatly added to the whole effect! I hope you agree. – Sam Devlin
What I can say definitively about the Gannet 25 is that she is totally done around the theme of having outboard power and the customer is musing about using either twin 90 or 125 horsepower outboards for the power package which should result respectively in speeds in the mid-30s and 40 knots at the top end of the power spectrum. That would give him a boat that can dash about the waterways with great control and be capable of breathtaking sprints across the waterways that would thrill even the teenagers in the family. Of course she will still be able to be slowed down to something more appropriate for a mellower middle aged crew if needed, but even I can remember days of taking my two teenage boys out tubing and wake boarding for the afternoon and all of us having a great time.
This can all be done with the Gannet 25 design by having seating for a crowd when needed but I can easily picture myself on a clean and warm summer day carving long sweeping turns on a calm lake doing nothing but appreciating the moment in time and space. And that my friends is worth plenty in this busy and hectic role that we all play in a thing called ‘life’. My hat is off to the inspiration of the Gannet 25 and to the people that might realize her construction and ultimately experience her moving through the water with such ease and grace. Then add the capability of setting the hook in some secluded and private cove, bedding down in the evening for a fine sleep and then setting out the next day for more fun. At the end of our cruise, place her on the trailer, take her home for a cleaning and then patiently wait for our next adventure. — Sam Devlin