Topknot 10 Meter

Topknot10MLiftThe Topknot 32 was designed for a customer from the New England area that wanted a comfortable boat for day trips around his home in Connecticut. Not a bad way to go in today’s hectic world, spending a quiet afternoon poking into coves and simply enjoying the company of good friends with proper refreshments in a good looking “modern idic” boat. These boat types are called “Picnic Boats” and the name fits the intended use very well. The Topknot is our first attempt at the type.

Take a look at the very large cockpit (necessary to handle all of those friends) and the daybed aft for lounging on when at anchor. The cabin has a galley capable of preparing the meal that will be enjoyed and with the settee area forward, the whole group can lounge below on days of inclement weather. Head is clear up in the bow of the boat affording the maximum amount of privacy when the boat is underway.

Topknot10MDockedThe helm and co-helm areas are huge, comfortable seats for the skipper and mate with all other passengers either safely in the cockpit or forward in the fo’c’sle. At a pause in the day’s explorations, the anchor can be set in some quiet cove, lunch brought out and the entire crew can move about either sunning on the daybed or sitting in the shade in the covered cockpit.

Topknot10MTrailerPower on the Topknot is a diesel sterndrive of 250 HP giving a cruising speed of 18 knots burning just under 4 gallons of fuel per hour and a top speed of 24 knots when you need to get home in a hurry. We will be doing several lengths of these vessels with the first being 32′ and the second in the series being 36′ long.

The Topknot is available in study and construction plans.

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Topknot 10 Meter Specifications

Length on Deck 33 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 26 in.
Power Inboard diesel/stern drive
Displacement 14900 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
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Blue Blazer 25

The Blue Blazer was a design wrestling match for Sam. I recommend that you check out his design notes. I’ll let him describe the happy result below. — Jim

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BlueBlazer25BeautyStarting at the stern is a teak swim platform to help board the boat from a harbor taxi and just forward of the transom is a large daybed with foam fabric covered cushions for crews that like to sunbathe to have a place to enjoy the day. Forward of the daybed, which covers the engine box, is a bench seat settee that is the full width of the cockpit and at the center of that seat is a console type helm area. The Captain can either sit at the bench and steer or can stand and operate the boat. Engine controls are electronic and there is an interesting false top to the console that can be hinged back to expose other fancy electronics, GPS, VHF, Depth, and Speed instruments. The engine gauges are easy to read and accessible for controlling the boat. The steering wheel itself is a custom Italian thing that would not look out of place on a mid-sixties classic Ferrari. Forward of the center console are port and starboard upholstered seats that allow guests good side to side visibility out of the boat. There is a small windscreen with a convertible rigid top section and canvas top section that allows two people to sit out in the sun when folded forward aBlueBlazer25InSidend four people to sit under cover when folded aft and the weather is not cooperating. Under the forward deck area are two bunks long enough for a couple of tall people to comfortably stretch out on and up in the bow, a marine water closet can be fitted giving the whole forward cabin the capability of providing a degree of seclusion for head type activities. On deck, the bow has a hatch over the main part of the sleeping/head cabin and an electric anchor windlass powers up a polished stainless steel anchor on a bow roller. All cleats are of the stainless steel pop-up variety and deck trim is also polished stainless steel. The decks themselves are laid teak finished raw and when scrubbed a couple of times a year with bleach and water, they are the best non-skid material that exists and they lend a look of fine craftsmanship to the boat. There is a low bow pulpit to help keep your crew on deck and a low aft railing around the cockpit. The neatest feature of the exterior is the gracefully curved, varnished mast with some signal flags displayed and with a proper large ensign on the stern, the “Blue Blazer” looks dressed up for the occasion and ready to transport her crew around for the day. — Sam Devlin

The Blue Blazer 25 is available in study and construction plans. For the level of finish detail, this is the kind of boat that you may want to let Sam’s team build for you.

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Blue Blazer 25 Specifications

Length 25 ft. – 3 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 18 in. (drive up)
Power sterndrive 155hp diesel
Displacement 4500 lbs.
Hull Type Planing
Speed 26 knots max, 20 knot cruise
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Surf Runner 25

SurfRunner25Beauty2Inspired by customers Larry and Wendy Brown, the Surf Runner 25 combines the classic looks from another time with modern performance and reliability. She looks like an open runabout from the outside, but manages to sneak some very usable cabin space into the bow area. A bespoke bimini top also provides shelter to the skipper and crew when the weather is less than perfect, as is often the case here in the Puget Sound. A Volvo-Penta sterndrive diesel provides plenty of thrust to run at 25 knots with a good economical cruise at 20 knots. The speed envelope is part of the design. Slow enough to avoid typical Puget Sound flotsam and fast enough to devour the miles. The responsive hull is designed to cut through the waves, keeping the pounding to a minimum and the comfort levels to the max. A plethora of smart storage and configurable seating rounds out a boat that is easy to bring into your life.

The Surf Runner 25 is available in study and construction plans.

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Surf Runner 25 Specifications

Length 25 ft. – 3 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 6 in.
Draft 18.5 in. (drive up)
Power sterndrive 105hp diesel
Displacement 4500 lbs.
Hull Type Planing
Speed 25 knots max, 20 knot cruise
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