Sam Devlin has a reputation for designing really eye-catching “character” boats. Perish the thought, but I’ve even heard them described as “cute”. Because of that, they are often underrated for their utility, sensibility, durability and performance. The Pelicano is a really excellent example of a comfortable, practical medium-sized skiff that really looks spectacular. The Devlin Pelicano is a versatile and useful real-world design because Sam has designed three separate “flavors” on the basic fast, comfortable and rugged Pelicano hullform.
The Pelicano Bassboat is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to maximize “livability” in a 18′-4″ speedboat. The design has a spacious cabin forward, with enough space for a v-berth for the occasional camping weekend. The design has ample dry storage below.
The Pelicano Hull is a very fast planing design, with a rugged purpleheart keel capped with a stainless rubrail to avoid damage if you want to poke ashore. That keel also accounts for her comfortable ride, because it helps to cut the water, thus minimizing pounding.
The Pelicano has a six panel hull with two bottoms and two side panels to each side, giving an attractive hull that can be built “Devlin Tough” with her cold molded bottom, and modern Stitch and Glue construction. There is plenty of structure in her to keep this hull stiff, stable, and strong and she assembles over a mandrel of 5 athwart ships bulkheads and two longitudinals. This construction method is really quite amazing and results in a very strong and tough hull.
Like all Pelicanos, the maximum HP is 90, and you can realistically expect over 40mph with that kind of power.
And finally, the Pelicano is an easily trailerable design, adding to its basic versatility, and helping you to find your own boating adventures.
The Pelicano 18 is available in study and full construction plans.
Pelicano 18 Specifications
||18 ft. – 4 in.
||6 ft. – 6 in.
|Draft at full displacement
|Dry weight with engine and battery
|Weight at load waterline