Devlin Designing Boat Builders
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
|Devlin Designing Boat Builders
3010 37th Ave. S.W.
Tumwater, WA. 98512
Email Sam Devlin
Click here for a map &
driving directions to our boat yard & dock
[top of page]
Copyright © 1978 - 2012 Sam Devlin and Devlin Designing Boat Builders. All Rights Reserved.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from
Sam Devlin is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided that full and clear credit
is given to Sam Devlin, Devlin Designing Boat Builders and www.devlinboat.com with appropriate and
specific direction to the original content.