Sandpiper

SandpiperSideThis 8 foot rowing and sailing dingy was designed as a day sailer and yacht tender. The ease of handling, large carrying capacity, and its versatility for rowing and sailing are accentuated by the fact that Sandpiper weighs only 63 pounds.

As a sailing dingy, the Sandpiper is a nimble little soul, forgiving with the beginner yet exhilarating in the hands of an experienced sailor. A break apart sprit rig is offered and allows Sandpiper to be used as a dingy tender. Leeboards are used to avoid plugging a dagger board well when towing.

As a pulling boat, the Sandpiper rekindles the pleasures of rowing. The boat has good carrying capacity and rows quickly and easily with or without a load. The transom allows up to a 2 hp outboard to be mounted for auxiliary power.

For those who might be interested in building their own Sandpiper, we have plans available with explicit instructions. The amateur can build a Sandpiper in about 75 hours. — Sam Devlin

The Sandpiper is available as study and construction plans.

Sandpiper Specifications

Length 8 ft. – 2 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 2 in.
Draft 5 in.
Power Sail, Oars or 2 hp outboard
Useful Load 380 lbs.
Dry Weight 63 lbs.
Sail Area 49 sq. ft.
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Polliwog

With the Polliwog, it is our intention to offer the amateur builder the opportunity to build a lightweight and strong dinghy or tender. Polliwog’s performance is crisp, clean and efficient – you won’t be disappointed. Building the Polliwog can be a wonderful family project or build one with a friend. A minimum of tools are required; plywood scarfing and building molds are not required. Using the latest stitch-and-glue technology, when finished, you have a great boat in need of minimal annual maintenance.

Scan the enclosed materials list and you’ll see this is a quick and thrifty project you can complete in just a few hours with results you can be proud of.

— Sam Devlin

  • 2- 4 x 8 sheets of plywood, 1/4″ thick
  • 1/2 – 4 x 8 sheet of plywood, 1/2″ thick for longitudinals and stern knees, breast hook and rear bulkhead
  • 12- mahogany 1″ x 12″
  • 1- gallon epoxy resin
  • 1/2- gallon epoxy hardener
  • 1- 50 yd. roll 4″ x 8 oz. fiberglass cloth
  • 7- yard 38″ x 6 oz. fiberglass cloth
  • 2- pounds wood flour
  • 2- #4482 Wilcox-Crittenden oarlock sockets
  • 2- quarts primer
  • 1- pint varnish
  • 1- quart enamel

The Polliwog is available as study and construction plans.

***For those of you coming to the Polliwog from the construction video on YouTube, please be aware that the video refers to older version of the plans. The transition notch has been replaced by a different method of construction. It’s also worth noting that the video on YouTube is unofficial and not posted by Devlin Boats. We have no way to update it.

Polliwog Specifications

Length 7 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 7 in.
Power Oars or 2 hp outboard
Useful Load 450 lbs.
Dry Weight 58 lbs.
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Small Fry Dinghy

My oldest son, Cooper, has a 34ft sailboat and dreams of one day sailing off on the big blue Pacific. He needed a small dingy that would mount on the bow of his boat. So we one afternoon tackled the design of a dingy that would share his life aboard and allow him, his dog, and his gear to be floated to shore on the rare occasions that he hankered a good walk ashore. The ‘Small Fry’ is the result. It fits nicely on the bow of his boat, doesn’t get in the way, is light enough to the lowered over the side without lifting tackle, can be towed if needed, and most importantly, is a good safe boat that his ‘Daddy’ won’t worry about him using when he makes his journey. — Sam Devlin

The Small Fry is available as study and construction plans.

Small Fry Dinghy Specifications

Length 6 ft. – 11.75 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 6.75 in.
Power Oars
Useful Load 250 lbs.
Dry Weight 48 lbs.
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Duckling 17

Duckling17Sleek lines and a beautiful sheer make the Duckling a delight to row and own. She is light and responsive and easily handled, providing great exercise for the single oarsman. As a three-panel per side design, she’ll glide through the water nearly effortlessly.

At 95 lbs. the Duckling 17 is a very car-toppable boat, easy for one person to handle. Folding pattern oarlocks and eight foot spoon blade oars give her a lot of power.

A flotation seat compartment and the natural buoyancy of her wood make her unsinkable. For leisure rowing, or as an exercise machine, a more graceful and beautiful rowing boat would be hard to find.

The Duckling 17 is available in study and construction plans, and a precision CNC cut kit.

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Duckling 17 Specifications

Length 17 ft. – 3 5/8 in.
Beam 3 ft. – 5.75 in.
Draft 5.25 in.
Displacement with Rower 346 lbs.
Hull Weight 95 lbs.

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Lit’l Petrel

LitlPetrelMidBuildThe Devlin Lit’l Petrel is the big sister to the Micro Petrel. She has the same ease of use, the same easy build, and the same utility. While both Petrels are exceptional small tenders and load carriers, the Lit’l Petrel adds a great deal of useful load without adding much to the hull weight. She’s easy to handle, easy to store, and easy to transport. She’s rugged enough to spend her life on the back of a larger boat and small enough to hang on a wall of your garage. Maximum usefulness in a minimal package!

 

Read Sam’s design notes for the Lit’l Petrel.

Check out these Micro Petrel build photos. The build techniques are identical.

The Lit’l Petrel is available in study and full construction plans, and as a CNC cut kit.

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Lit’l Petrel Specifications

Length 8 ft. – 11.25 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 2.375 in.
Draft 5 in.
Useful Load 340 lbs.
Dry Weight Hull 63 lbs.
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Micro Petrel

Micro Petrel CartopThe Micro Petrel is a great 8′ yacht tender. As the name implies, it is the little sister to the Lit’l Petrel. She is the design response to the need for a small, rugged, lightweight yacht tender, but she can be used in any situation that needs a small boat with the ability to carry a variety of loads while maintaining its balance and performance. She is another Devlin easy-to-build option, in terms of both space and cost. Her size makes her easy to handle, store, and transport. She makes a great cartopper.

Read the story of the Micro Petrel in Sam’s design notes.

Julian Swindell sent us a great set of build photos.

The Micro Petrel is available in study and full construction plans and as CNC cut kit.

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Micro Petrel Specifications

Length 7 ft. – 11.5 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 2.25 in.
Draft 4.5 in.
Useful Load 270 lbs.
Dry Weight Hull 57 lbs.
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Oarling II

OarlingVertSleek lines and a beautiful sheer make the Oarling a delight to row and own. She is light, responsive and easily maneuvered, providing great transportation for the single oarsman or with passengers and cargo. Dory hulls with their characteristic flare pick up displacement very fast and lose little performance when loaded or in rough sea conditions.

At 95 lbs. the Oarling is a very car-toppable boat, easy for one person to handle. She is a little longer and much faster than the Gloucester Gull-type dory and the extra length seems to pay dividends in versatility. Folding pattern oarlocks and eight foot spoon blade oars give her a lot of power. In the Northwest, Oarling has made some respectable showings in rowing regattas and meets.

A flotation seat compartment and the natural buoyancy of her wood make her unsinkable. For leisure rowing, or as an exercise machine, a more graceful and beautiful rowing boat would be hard to find.

The Oarling is available in plans and CNC precision cut kit.

 

Oarling II Specifications

Length 17 ft. – 3 13/16 in.
Beam 3 ft. – 10.5 in.
Draft 6 in.
Displacement 331 lbs.
Dry Weight 85 lbs.
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Bella 10 Skiff

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The Bella 10, formerly known as the 5×10 skiff, is probably the easiest way to get started in boatbuilding in the entire Devlin catalog, if not the entire world.  Originally designed to teach boatbuilding technique, the Bella is an easy building, elegant design that comes together in a fast rowing, lightweight skiff. She’s a great family project. At 52 pounds, she is easy to handle and launch. She will fit easily into a pickup truck bed; no special requirements to transport or store the Bella 10. Finally, she is our least expensive kit. Building your own boat doesn’t get any easier. Available as plans or low-cost CNC cut kits.

Read Sam’s design notes on the Bella 10.

Bella 10 Specifications

Length 9 ft. – 8.5 in.
Beam 3 ft. – 8.75 in.
Draft 6.125 in.
Displacement 305 lbs.
Dry Weight 52 lbs.
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