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Celebrating Our 35th Year Building Fine Boats     

Welcome to Devlin Designing Boat Builders!

There's a sense of pride and joy that comes from owning and operating a wooden boat. It's knowing that each piece was lovingly hand-assembled by a skilled craftsman. This is a feeling you don't get from a boat that was poured out of a mould at some factory. Every line in the design has a purpose and a form to accomplish only one simple goal -- to take you, the owner, to a new level of joy.

We can build it for you.

We've been building fine wood/epoxy boats for over 30 years. We have the equipment and the skilled craftsmen to carefully craft and hand assemble a boat customized to your requirements using an existing design of ours or one created from scratch. Is a Sam Devlin designed boat right for you? And click here to learn more about our design process.

You can build it yourself.

Most of our plywood stitch and glue boat plans are designed for the do-it-yourselfer. There are many advantages to building a Devlin boat yourself. Click here to see a variety of Builder & Owner Testimonials.

Why plywood and epoxy?

We've been using wood in the marine environment for decades and we can unequivocally say that wood is the best choice. Click here to learn more about plywood stitch and glue construction.

To better understand the "Stitch and Glue" boat building method, we have produced a Video/DVD "Wooden Boatbuilding with Sam Devlin" and published a book "Devlin's Boatbuilding" on the subject. These were created to help those with the desire to build their own boat. Click on the book or video for more information.

What's New

October 25, 2014 -- Photo essays of two Devlin boats recently built & launched! Neil Rabinowitz has assembled some of his superb photos for Yachtworld.com of two boats that Sam and his crew custom built in 2013 & 2014 -- the 31 ft Sally Christine, a commuter boat with a lobster boat profile, and the 48 ft. Moon River, a motor yacht with the classic profile of a Lake Union Dreamboat. Click on the photos to the right to read Sam's writeup on these beauties in the Design Catalog. And take a look at Neil's stunning photography on his website.

September 6, 2014 -- A new boat design! The Kingfisher 30 Troller design has emerged from Sam's drafting table and is now available as study plans. Take a look in our Design Catalog!

August 27, 2014 -- Two boat shows in early September! We'll be at the 38th Annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival on September 5 - 7 and we're expecting to have 8 - 10 Devlin boats, both power and sail, on display among the 300 wooden boats. And then the following week, we'll be at Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show on September 10 - 14 with a Sockeye 45, the "Widgeon" and a Black Crown 32, the "Mallard". Please stop by and visit us!

August 26, 2014 -- Two unique Devlin boats for sale! Take a look in our Used Boat section where we have a description, specs and photos for each of them:

June 21, 2014 -- Our big summer kit sale has arrived! This summer we're offering a big sale on kits. Select kits are 20% off and a portion of each purchase will be donated to The Arc of Grays Harbor. Act soon, this sale lasts until September 7th or our summer production schedule is filled, whichever comes first.

May 18, 2014 -- A new powerboat design! The Curlew 20 is now available in study and construction plans in both Metric and Imperial versions.

April 28, 2014 -- The Archimedes 22 has arrived! The Archimedes 22, an electric or steam powered cruiser, is now available in study and construction plans in both Metric and Imperial versions.

April 14, 2014 -- Two new boat designs! The Gannet 25 and Pamlico 32 are now available in study and construction plans in both Metric and Imperial versions.

February 16, 2014 -- Five unique boats for sale! Take a look in our Used Boat section where we have a description, specs and photos for each of them:

December 27, 2013 -- Santa spotted in a Polliwog! What do you do with your newly built Polliwog when it is too cold to launch her? Well, thanks to Ron Kennett, here's proof positive that our versatile dingy design also makes a superb addition to one's Christmas decorations. Take a look in our Design Catalog & Store.

December 16, 2013 -- New Millie Hill Design! Sam has designed a 28 foot version of his Millie Hill houseboat. Study and construction plans are now available in both Metric and Imperial versions. Take a look in our Design Catalog & Store.

November 22, 2013 -- New Boat Design! Sam has designed the Mud Dauber 23, what he calls "an ugly little quintessential beach boat". Study and construction plans are now available in both Metric and Imperial versions. Take a look in our Design Catalog & Store.

November 4, 2013 -- New Lit'l Coot Is Launched! İsmail Oruç of Istanbul Turkey has built and launched his Lit'l Coot and sent us some superb photos. Take a look in the Photo Gallery.

October 8, 2013 -- Whimbrel 32 For Sale! This fine schooner rigged motorsailer was designed for the Northwest and our unique cruising conditions. Take a look in the Used Devlin Boats section.

September 18, 2013 -- Wompus Cat For Sale! Take a look at the "Tee Lok", a very tidy and cruisable conventional Cape Cod type catboat, in the Used Devlin Boats section.

August 31, 2013 -- Customer Built Boats!

July 15, 2013 -- New 48 Day Cruiser Launched! The "Moon River" has been launched and she has also made the front cover of August edition of the Soundings Magazine. We've uploaded some photos, drawings and a detailed design perspective from the owner. Learn more in our Design Catalog & Store. We'll be adding more in the days to come. Enjoy!

June 23, 2013 -- Wooden Boat Festival Photos! Thanks to Erik Barrett, we have a collage of photos of Devlin boats from the 2012 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival to share with you. Enjoy!

June 8, 2013 -- Pyladian 31! Sam has created a new boat based on the Storm Petrel 34. She is designed to travel through the Canadian Gulf Islands with speed, economy, and comfort in whatever weather she encounters. Take a look in our Design Catalog & Store!

June 2, 2013 -- Dynamo Too 38! Sam has created a new design based on a William Garden "Halibut Cruiser" concept which Sam explains in detail as well how superbly suited it is for cruising in the Pacific Northwest. Take a look in our Design Catalog & Store!

April 14, 2013 -- Blue Fin 48! Sam has updated his write up on this new boat design. Take a look in our Design Catalog & Store!

April 11, 2013 -- Five more countries! We just shipped plans, books and videos to Guam, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Bosnia which means we now have customers in 79 countries. Take a look at the complete listing on our About Us page!

March 7, 2013 -- Godzilli 16 For Sale in Florida! Take a look at this unique boat in our Used Devlin Boats section!

January 29, 2013 -- New scale Polliwog model! Elijah, a 5 1/2 year old boat builder in Sacramento, California, has sent us a photo of his family Polliwog project and he has announced their intention to build a full scale version. Take a look in our Photo Gallery!

January 20, 2013 -- Surf Scoter 22 For Sale! The "Ballycanew", designed and built in the Devlin shop in 1989, is now available for sale. Take a look in our Used Devlin Boats section!

January 13, 2013 -- New homebuilt Candlefish 13! Ralph Penton has shared photos of his head turning new boat. Take a look in our Photo Gallery!

November 7, 2012 -- New homebuilt Fairhaven Flyer! Justin Roelofs has shared photos of his superb new boat. Take a look in our Photo Gallery!

October 30, 2012 -- Cyndie Phelps (1946-2012) Our beloved friend and customer, Cyndie, has passed away unexpectedly this past week and all our family here at Devlin Boat want to say that we will miss her enthusiasm and spirit greatly! Having worked closely with her on the "Storm Petrel" project, we saw up close the creativity and imagination that Cyndie wrapped her whole life in. I believe it would be safe to say that building the "Storm Petrel" was one of the biggest dreams of her lifetime and I salute the opportunity and chance to help her realize that dream. I am reminded that while the body may fail, the Spirit lives on and I lift a glass to Cyndie and to the wake in the water that she has left all of us rocking in as she takes her final voyage. -- Sam Devlin

October 28, 2012 -- New homebuilt Mallard photos! Terry La Fountain has shared photos of his Mallard afloat, on her trailer and with his Golden Lab aboard. Take a look in the Photo Gallery!

October 24, 2012 -- New Pelicano 18 launched in Korea! Mr. Jung has built another Devlin boat and she is a beauty. Take a look in our Photo Gallery!

October 16, 2012 -- New Lit'l Coot plans! Study and construction plans for our Lit'l Coot motorsailer are now available in a full keel version in both Metric and American formats. Learn more in our Design Catalog & Store!

August 29, 2012 -- Lifetime Achievement in Design Award! Sam is being awarded the WoodenBoat Magazine and Wooden Boat Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement in Design at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend on Thursday, September 6. We'll post photos and a write-up of the event when we all get back from the 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend which runs September 7 - 9.

August 23, 2012 -- We've shipped plans to 2 new countries! Belarus and Bulgaria have been added to our list of over 60 countries. See them all on our About Us page.

August 9, 2012 -- New Polliwog plans! Our Polliwog dinghy is now available in our new format as study and construction plans in both Metric and American formats. Learn more in our Design Catalog & Store!

August 7, 2012 -- The Register of Wooden Boats! A decade ago, Wooden Boat Publications took over the task of keeping track of wooden boats and yachts, 20 feet and above in overall length, a tradition dating back to the late 1800s. It has been brought to our attention by the Register that there are only 18 Devlins listed and they are asking for more submissions which are free of charge. Learn more on their website!

August 2, 2012 -- Students build a Black Brant II! Mike Beemer, the Marine Tech Instructor at Northwest Career & Technical Academy in Anacortes, Washington, has sent us a link to a video showing his 2012 Marine Tech students building a Devlin Black Brant II duckboat. Check it out on the Marine Tech videos page! Click on the "Building A Duckboat"" link to download the video. Enjoy!

July 28, 2012 -- We made the cover of MotorBoats Magazine! Our Surf Runner 25 is one of 12 top powerboats as voted by the Editors of WoodenBoat Magazine featured in a limited edition issue titled, "A Decade of Wooden Power Craft". Learn more on the Wooden Boat Magazine website!

June 18, 2012 -- Surf Scoter 26 built in Korea! We've added photos of the newly launched "Wings of Hope" to our Photo Gallery. Take a look!

June 3, 2012 -- We've added 3 more countries to our customer list! We just shipped plans to El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and the Federated States of Micronesia. See our entire list of countries on our About Us page!

May 28, 2012 -- We made the cover of Northwest Yachting again! Neil Rabinowitz has once again perfectly captured one of our boats, a Chinook 21, on a superb Puget Sound summer day with Scott Bruce Duncan, our Webmaster, at the helm while puffing on a cigar. Learn more in our Photo Gallery!

May 7, 2012 -- Two new dinghy designs! The Lit'l Petrel and the Micro Petrel dinghies are now available in the Design Catalog & Store as study and construction plans in both Metric and American formats.

April 9, 2012 -- Building Instructions Booklet For Stitch & Glue Construction! Sam has produced a comprehensive 79 page guide to Stitch and Glue construction with text, drawings and color photos. It is available as a downloadable file or in printed form. Learn more in the Design Catalog & Store.

March 11, 2012 -- New 48 ft Power Cruiser Design! Sam has created a special power boat with "in company" cruising the Inside Passage in mind. Take a look and read about the Blue Fin 48 in the Design Catalog & Store.

March 9, 2012 -- Michael Baccellieri's Eider! Our good friend, Michael at Welcome Slough Boatworks, is at it again. This time he is lovingly building a Devlin Eider sailboat and she's a real beauty. Take a look in our Photo Gallery.

March 2, 2012 -- From Olympia to Victoria! Robert Turner is the new owner of a Devlin Godzilli and he and his wife motored their "Warrior" from Olympia, Washington to Victoria, BC this Winter. Read about their intrepid journey in the Photo Gallery.

March 2, 2012 -- Brass Nautical Lamps! We are pleased to now offer electric and oil burning nautical lighting made in Italy to the highest standards using Italian brass. Take a look in the Design Catalog & Store.

December 26, 2011 -- New sailboat design! The Song Wren 21 is now available as study and construction plans in American and Metric measurements. Take a look in the Design Catalog & Store.

December 10, 2011 -- Homebuilt Oarling photos! Built and launched in New Zealand, take a look at the "Tangerine Puppet" in our Photo Gallery.

November 26, 2011 -- More Used Devlin Boats!

September 23, 2011 -- New homebuilt boats! -- We've received a number of great photos and stories to share with you:

September 22, 2011 -- Refurbished Gollywobbler 38 photos! -- This fine boat was sold in 2010, refurbished by us and relaunched as the "Lotus". Take a look in our Photo Gallery.

July 22, 2011 -- Updated boat plans! -- Cackler and Scaup 18, two of our duckboats, have been upgraded to the new plans format and are now available in American and Metric formats.

June 27, 2011 -- Two Devlin events coming up in September! -- Sam is teaching a stitch and glue class at his shop and as usual, Sam and a bunch of Devlin owners will be attending the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA. Learn more on our Calendar of Events page.

June 26, 2011 -- More Pelicano 18 photos and a new 20 ft power cruiser! -- Michael Baccellieri has sent us photos of the Pelicano 18 he built out steelhead fishing and we have a new power cruiser, the Scout 20, complete with construction and on the water photos.

June 20, 2011 -- A new 48 foot power cruiser! -- Would you like to see what it takes to build a 48 ft boat using stitch and glue? Sam and his crew are busy building one right now in the shop and the hull is just about ready to be rolled over. We'll keep adding photos as we go. Take a look in the Photo Gallery where Ed Schulman, the owner, has added his reasoning for this custom design.

June 11, 2011 -- Two updated boat designs! -- The 5 x 10 Skiff and the Candlefish 13 (formerly known as the Grayling 13) have been revised and are now available as study and construction plans in both American and Metric measurement formats..

June 5, 2011 -- The Fairhaven Flyer! -- Sam has provided a write-up of this design and described how his customer, Dale McKinnon, used it to accomplish her goal of being the first woman to solo paddle from Alaska to Puget Sound. Take a look in the Design Catalog & Store.

June 3, 2011 -- Two new countries and homebuilt Candlefish 16 photos! -- We just shipped plans to Albania and Anguilla Lee. Take a look on the Design Catalog & Store page to see the ever growing list. Meanwhile, Owen Buerkle has shared photos of his newly launched Candlefish 16 on the water and Sam shares his ideas about how to add spray rails. Take a look in the Photo Gallery.

May 23, 2011 -- A new boat design! -- The Bay Skipper, a 18 foot two person kayak and rowing skiff is now available as construction and study plans in both Metric and American formats. Take a look in the Design Catalog & Store.

May 22, 2011 -- More used Devlin boats for sale! -- A Surf Runner 25 is now available and coming soon, we'll have a Nancy's China, a Marsh Wren and a Pelicano 18. Contact Sam for advance details.

April 25, 2011 -- New boat plans! -- We now offer 3 versions of the Pelicano 18 in American or Metric construction & study plans: Center Console, Bass Boat & Shrimper.

April 22, 2011 -- New boat plans! -- We now offer study and construction plans for a kayak, the Pond Skipper, in both Metric and American measurements. Take a look in the Design Catalog & Store.

April 17, 2011 -- We've moved to a new location! -- After 28+ years of working on the shore of Eld Inlet on Puget Sound, we've relocated to nearby Tumwater, Washington in order to accommodate more projects simultaneously and to expand other aspects of our operations. Take a look in the Photo Gallery.

April 12, 2011 -- A new article about wooden boats! -- Lawrence Cheek writes about how a wooden boat's beauty lies in its reflection of nature. Read more on the Seattle Times website.

April 11, 2011 -- Homebuilt Black Brant III photos! -- David Schaffert has sent us a photos of his Black Brant III and his beautiful hunting dogs. Take a look in the Photo Gallery.

March 30, 2011 -- Polliwog homebuilt photo! -- Bill Voskuil has sent us a photo of his Polliwog. Take a look in the Photo Gallery.

March 29, 2011 -- More homebuilt Nancy's China photos! -- Bill Cleveland has sent us a lot more photos of his boat afloat and being constructed. Take a look in the Photo Gallery.

March 19, 2011 -- Cruising the Inside Passage in a Kokanee 38! -- Paul Russell has been blogging his adventures abroad his Kokanee 38 in Canadian waters. Take a look on Paul's website.

March 19, 2011 -- 2 new topics have been added to the Frequently Asked Questions page!

  • 6. Polliwog plywood and transom thickness
  • 7. Cold molding extra layers of plywood on the larger Stitch and Glue boats that need to have the ultimate panel be increased in thickness

March 19, 2011 -- A homebuilt Nancy's China! -- Bill Cleveland has sent us a photo and a detailed description of his many custom modifications. Take a look in the Photo Gallery.

March 18, 2011 -- A homebuilt Arctic Tern has been launched! -- Peter Gron's "Alula" is out of the shed and in the water. Be sure to click on the link to Peter's website where he has excellent construction photos. Take a look in the Photo Gallery.

Read archived news

Devlin Moon River 48 Power Cruiser
Moon River 48 Power Cruiser -- "Moon River 48"

Devlin Pyladian 31 Pilothouse Powerboat
Pyladian 31 Pilothouse Powerboat -- "Sally Christine"

Devlin Kingfisher 30 Troller
Kingfisher 30 Troller

Devlin Black Crown 32
Black Crown 32 - "Mallard"

Devlin Chinook 21
Chinook 21

Devlin Curlew 20
Curlew 20


Archimedes 22


Gannet 25


Pamlico 32


Lichen "Samahdi"


Sockeye 45 "Widgeon"


Nancy's China "Suzy Q"


Ron Kennett's Polliwog


Millie Hill 28


Mud Dauber 23


İsmail Oruç's Lit'l Coot


"Whimbrel 32"


"Tee Lok"


"Moon River"


"Pyladian 31"


"Dynamo Too 38"


"Blue Fin 48"


"Ballycanew"


Ralph Penton's Candlefish 13


Justin Roelofs' Fairhaven Flyer


Cyndie Phelps on her Storm Petrel


Mallard


Pelicano


Lit'l Coot Full Keel


Polliwog


Our Surf Runner 25 on the cover of MotorBoats Magazine -- A Decade of Wooden Power Craft


Our Webmaster and his Chinook 21


Lit'l Petrel Dinghy


Micro Petrel Dinghy


Blue Fin 48


Michael Baccellieri of Welcome Slough Boatworks & his Devlin Eider


Song Wren 21


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3010 37th Ave. S.W.
Tumwater, WA. 98512
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