Pyladian 31

Pyladian 31


(Renderings courtesy

This is a design — and build — from Sam Devlin in Tumwater, WA, US.

She’s a recent design from Sam, and I confess to liking her.  Then again, I’m on a kind of powerboat kick at the moment.  Her launching is scheduled for late 2013.

The Pyladian is a smaller version on Sam’s 33′ Storm Petrel.  Here are Pyladian’s specs:


Length: 30ft 6in (9.3m)
Beam: 9ft 3in (2.82m)
Draft: 2ft 7in (.79m)
Displacement: 9,200 lbs (4,173 kg)

Power: 300 HP Yanmar 6LPA-STC diesel

Hull type: Semi-displacement

Speed: 20 knots cruising; 26-28 knots top speed

Hull plating: Cold-molded marine plywood; stitch and glue

Here is her design brief:

“[A] couple.. was looking for a commuter boat to run from Vancouver Island, specifically Sydney, British Columbia, to their island home located about 34 miles north in the Canadian Gulf Islands. They needed her to be able to make good and economical speed so that they could spend their time on the island not just going back and forth to it. The boat needed to be able to handle anything from a few groceries to large units of wood, fuel, and all the myriad of items necessary for comfortable island life. The weather would not always be compatible to this lifestyle and so the vessel would need to be able to handle the weather in whatever form that would be presented to it.

With those requirements set down, I had no hesitation in recommending the Storm Petrel type hull as a good model to choose from. But the customers wanted a single diesel (not the twin diesels that the Storm Petrel had) and needed the potential for more speed than the Storm Petrel boat had so the Yanmar 6LPA was chosen. With 300 horses under her engine box, the hull should top speed out at about 26-28 knots and cruise at 20 knots without difficulty. With the single diesel layout, the cabin changes considerably in its layout and in the potential layout options for the customers. De-emphasized was the need for berthing and a galley with those being way down on the list of priorities and moving up on the list was the need for handling tough waters at all times of the year and keeping a load of people warm and dry while being transported to the island for a visit.”

Pyladian 31B


Sam Devlin is a very diverse designer and builder.  I’d love to hear from those of you who have built or bought one of boats.  I am thinking of building his 5X10 skiff at WoodenBoat’s Family BoatBuilding during the WoodenBoat Show next June.




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Whiticar Boat Works. And My New Boat



(Photos courtesy Cannell, Payne & Page)

She’s a 24′ Whiticar, built in 1964.  Just a fabulous boat.

Who/what is Whiticar, you may ask?

It’s a wonderful boatyard located on Willoughby Creek in Stuart, Florida.  The company’s correct name is Whiticar Boat Works;  Back in the days when our trade show (IBEX) took place in Fort Lauderdale in February every year, I’d typically travel with a colleague and we’d spend the week between IBEX and the Miami Boat Show visiting boat yards in south Florida.  Whiticar was always a must-visit.

Whiticar has built more than 70 wooden boats, primarily sportfish boats.  AVELLAR, though, seems more of a bass boat-type design.  Here’s one of their designs (by Curt Whiticar) in 1922:

Whiticar BW 1922 Flat Bottom Skiff(Rendering courtesy Whiticar Boat Works)

Here’s an album of some of their custom designs: 

(Sadly, AVELLAR — my new boat — doesn’t appear there.)

Whiticar has been very actively involved as a full-service yard since 1947.  I know I’ll be pulling off the ICW at Marker 13A if ever I take AVELLAR down to Florida.

(I have no idea what AVELLAR means.  Does anyone out there in the reading public?)

Whiticar Gannett(Photo courtesy Whiticar Boat Works)

Are there any other Whiticar owners out there?

Thanks to Jim Payne at Cannell, Payne & Page for making this happen.

Please comment below.  Thanks, Carl


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