In Festival Boats 2022

Sam Devlin’s Surf Scoter design is readily recognized in the Northwest and they have migrated far beyond their home habitat. In a world of plastic boats they are distinctive and lovely and truly a species apart. While the original design was conceived two decades ago, with many boats subsequently built, this late-model Surf Scoter 23 enjoys many evolutionary advantages, including convenient, powerful and quiet outboard propulsion and the salty and practical reverse-raked forward windows.

Her cuteness factor is sky high but so is her toughness and utility. And everyone who sees her remarks on the evident craftsmanship. This is a good day boat, with a large cockpit for entertaining and relaxing, and will serve a couple well as a small cruiser or overnighter too. And she makes a fine platform for fishing and is already equipped with an electric crab/shrimp pot puller.

Only a few years old, lovingly owned, and moored on freshwater this boat really does appear “like new”. And there are only 150 hours on the engine.