Jan’s Polliwog Launch

Jan Svanborg is a proud new builder of this lovely Polliwog. Like many new wooden boat builders, he found his inspiration in Sam Devlin’s Polliwog build video floating around Youtube. Jan reports that he spends a lot of time looking for information on wooden boat building on the internet, and was excited to find a good winter project when he saw the video. Apparently, finding good activities for the winter is a little tricky in Sweden. Jan said, “Wow! this will make my day this winter.”

JansBuildHe bought a set of construction plans and went to work. Jan reports that he built it in his garage on a custom rolling stand that allowed him to park his car in the garage, and to roll the boat outside for sanding the dusty parts of the build. According to Jan, “I just followed the drawing I got from you. It was easy. Inside the boat I used larch, and the gunwales are oak.”


“I worked a few hours a few days each week and the boat was ready in March.”

On the 14th of June, Jan gave the boat to his youngest son, Johan, for his 45th birthday.

Very nice work, Jan! And a very nice gift.



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Sam at the Mystic Wooden Boat Show

Adeline at the dock

Sam is heading out to the Mystic Wooden Boat Show next week, June 24-26, in Mystic, Connecticut. If you are in the area, it’s a great chance to talk with Sam and get your questions about the best in wooden boats answered. He’ll be there with ‘Adeline’, a fine bassboat version of the Pelicano 20.

In addition, ‘Adeline’ is for sale. Boat show special pricing, $84900, in a package including the boat, trailer, 115hp Mercury outboard, GPS plotter, depth and speed, canvas bimini cover and cockpit cover. Come by and check out this premium boat at the show!

Adeline Sea Trials

For more information on the show, check here.

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