What can I say? I am smitten by the profile and use of these aft house cruisers, evoking for me the same emotion as looking at the Halibut Schooners that have fished the North Pacific for more than 100 years. These are very seaworthy boats capable of holding their own in just about any conditions the sea can dish out. The Oysta 62/Annie was designed in 2001 for the customer of the first of our Sockeye series powerboats. His family was expanding with a new marriage and he started down the path of dreaming about a boat that could handle this pack. Part of his dream was the lifelong goal to cruise to high-latitudes places with comfort and safety.
Let’s take a good look over the interior of this design. Starting from aft, you’ll find a giant aft-owners cabin complete with desk, full head/shower, an island queen sized bed, and enough room around the bed to be able to make it up in the morning without being a gymnast. Going up the staircase into the pilothouse, there is room for a proper charting area, separate double watch chairs, a dinette seating area, etc. Double doors on both sides of the pilothouse give access to the deck and the working area of the boat.
From the pilothouse going down a staircase on the port side, the galley, a true dinette area, and laundry are accessed. Lots of room to do all the chores that keep a boat and crew clean and well fed can happen here. Access to the engine room is done thru a large door at the aft end of this compartment. There is stand up room around the large single screw diesel engine, the fuel tanks are port and starboard in the shoulders of the engine room, and fuel management is easy and organized. Double generators round out the engine room with a 6kw providing backup to the 20kw main.
From the Galley/Dinette cabin, access to the Focsle is done up a few steps and there are two primary staterooms accessed in the bow. The Skipper’s cabin is to starboard with a double berth and a desk and locker area. Clear up in the bows of the boat are stacked double berths, port and starboard, and a diesel bulkhead heater keeps this whole area warm and dry. There is a very large head to port with full shower for keeping the crew clean and neat. Up a winding staircase is access to the foredeck of the boat allowing crew to exit both up directly to the deck or aft thru the galley/dinette cabin.
The rig, if set up on the Oysta 62, would be a large ketch rig set on aluminum spars. For my money, I would put a gaff on the mainsail keeping the mast lower and the whole center of gravity of the rig as low as possible. This is a true motorsailor with the rig only providing assistance to the engine and it is good to keep the sail areas down small enough that they will get set quickly and easily. Once one gets into the Tradewinds, the engine can just purr along with the assistance of the sails and the motion of the boat is easy and nice with the range being something North of 3,000 nautical miles.
Imagine an evening, with the anchor set hours ago, in some very secluded holding ground very far away from the maddening rest of the world. The crew has all gathered down in the galley/dinette. It’s shirt sleeves now with a bit of residual heat emanating from the nearby engine room and the huge diesel range/oven in the galley. There is a bottle of good rum on the table and glasses are being emptied to the accompaniment of lots of laughter mixed with good stories, music, and a brisk game of Mexican Train dominos spread out on the huge dinette table. With good friends at your elbow, mix in a bit of smoke from fragrant Cuban cigars broke out for the occasion and realize that life does not get any better than this! – Sam Devlin
The Oysta 62 is available as study plans, but this one really begs for a call to Sam, just in case you want to land a helicopter on it.
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.
The 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.
The 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
For the past 80 years, there has been a type of boat developed in the Northwest called a Halibut Schooner. These boats are evolved from the time when sailing schooners used to be common for commercial cod and Halibut fishing in the waters between Alaska and the mainland US. Those waters were renown for being rough and treacherous and the type of boat that evolved was tough, heavily constructed and extraordinarily seaworthy. The Kokanee is a small, but very able, version of this type and the result is a comfortable boat with good living room in her and a double cabin configuration for cruising with friends when that occasion rises. The main features that I like about this boat are the dinette and galley up in the pilothouse configuration. This allows a fo’c’sle that is very private and with enough space enough to allow the character of the live aboard configuration of this boat to actually be realized. The fo’c’sle has an island double berth, fireplace, lots of locker/stowage room and a dressing vanity. In the evening, this will be a very romantic and cozy cabin to retreat to after the day’s activities, and with its proper lighting and fine woodwork, the cabin will be a favorite retreat. The head is large and has plenty of room for keeping clean and comfortable.
Going up a few steps into the pilothouse, the helm is on the centerline and has a real ship’s wheel. With the dinette and settee to the port side and galley to starboard, everything is right at hand and it will be easy to communicate with crew. At the aft portside corner of the pilothouse, the aft/guest cabin can be accessed and with folding sink and porta-potti, the crew can be comfortable and not have to go forward in the evening to use the fo’c’sle head.
You should note that the cabin roof extends clear to the edge of the boat in the pilothouse area, and with port and starboard sliding doors and with an aft hinged door, all deck areas of the boat can be accessed with ease. The Kokanee is dry stacked for its exhaust and with a slow turning and heavy John Deere diesel engine of 145 horses, it will be quiet and comfortable. I would suggest using a bow thruster on this boat to aid in dockside maneuvering and with a balanced rudder and single screw, the Kokanee will put lots of sea miles below her keel, smoothly and comfortably.
There is plenty of deck space for carrying small rowing skiffs and a proper hard bottomed dingy for exploring an anchorage. This boat will have the capability to cruise to just about any waters that your imagination can take you and will do so with enough crew to be comfortable, safe and handy. I can just see her pulling into some quiet cove in Southeast Alaska, dropping the hook for the evening and after a brisk pull to the shore in the skiff. you can stretch your legs for a few minutes before settling back in for dinner and the evening. Can you imagine a nicer boat to be spending quality time on? Life is indeed too short….Sam Devlin
The Kokanee 43 is available as study plans and as a custom build from Devlin Boats.
The 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, 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.
Going 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.