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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Dipper 17

The Dipper 17 was designed for the fisherman and pleasure cruiser that wants to get in and out of the weather and for the diehards that want to be out no matter what the weather. The boat is built using the WEST Epoxy System utilizing the latest technology with quality marine materials. The result is a boat with good looks, excellent performance, low maintenance, and the warmth and individuality of a custom wooden boat. All of these things make the Dipper an ideal boat for inland and coastal waters.

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The wheelhouse is cozy, with room for a small galley, heating stove, refrigeration, double berth and storage. The aft cockpit is large, 64″ x 6’2″ with seating for three and stowage under the seats. The Dipper is easily trailered for fishing or pleasure cruising and at 2,460 lbs., it can be towed by almost any size vehicle. For power on the Dipper 17, we recommend an outboard in a motor well. A 10 hp Yamaha or a 15 hp Honda 4 cycle provide quiet, smooth power, and cruises Dipper at 7-8 knots speed with good range.

The Dipper 17 is available as study and full construction plans, and as a CNC cut kit.

 

Dipper 17 Specifications

Length 17 ft. – 0 in.
Beam 7 ft. – 0.5 in.
Draft 18 11/16 in.
Power Outboard
Displacement 2460 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-displacement
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Honker

The Honker is a lightweight, shallow draft vessel that, with a 60 horse outboard, can race along at 30 knots or idle for hours while trolling for salmon or bottom fish. It was designed as a great sporting platform, equally at home with fishing tackle and duck decoys. With its shallow draft, it is ideal for pushing into hidden corners of the wilderness in search of fun and adventure With its rugged construction, the Honker can be easily beached for hiking, hunting, and camping. As a flexible design, your Honker can be configured with dry, lockable storage for sleeping bags and long underwear.  Room for three people and a week’s worth of their gear is easy with the Honker.

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The Honker is a classic Devlin design. Read how Sam was inspired in his design notes.

The Honker is available as study and full construction plans. There is even a pilothouse option in the construction plans.

 

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Honker Specifications

Length 18 ft. – 3 in.
Beam 7 ft. – 0 in.
Draft 8.5 in. at full displacement
Power Outboard 70hp
Displacement 475 lbs.
Max Load 1580 lbs.

 

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Pelicano 23

Like the Pelicano 18, the larger Pelicano 23 comes in three distinct configurations. Bassboat, Center Console, and Shrimper.

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In every case, the Pelicano 23 offers the unique combination of real world durability mixed with the classic Devlin style. Every configuration presents a very practical boat for a wide range of needs. The Bassboat and Shrimper both feature good berth space for overnight adventures; the shrimper adds a sheltered helm for operating in harsher conditions. There is ample dry storage below the deck. The Center Console version provides open space for wrestling those big fish and hauling bulky gear.

No matter your needs in a mid-sized speedboat, the Pelicano 23 delivers a strong, durable, and versatile answer.

For more information, read Sam’s design notes.

The Pelicano 23 is available in study and construction plans for all configurations,

and as a CNC cut kit for the Shrimper.

Pelicano 23 Specifications

Length 22 ft. – 9 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 5 in.
Draft 12.625 in. at full displacement
Power Outboard 150hp
Dry Weight w/engine & battery 2300 lbs.
Weight at Load Waterline 3300 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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Cackler 14

The Cackler is a new generation hunting skiff designed for hunting in areas where seaworthiness is essential and at a time of year when great distances may need to be covered in a hurry to avoid cold nasty weather. The Cackler will carry a load in those conditions of two to three men and gear. I have been hunting in 40 plus knots of wind with four hunters, three dogs, and six dozen decoys. She performed admirably and still got up on plane. The Cackler has an ingenious outboard well that accommodates up to a 35 hp outboard. Six-gallon fuel tanks fit under the rear deck on both sides of the well. The Cackler can be enlarged to 16 or 18 easily and is an outstanding performer.

The Cackler 14 is available as study and full construction plans, as well as a CNC cut kit.

Cackler 14 Specifications

Length 14 ft. – 3.5 in.
Beam 5 ft. – 9.25 in.
Draft 7.75 in.
Displacement 775 lbs.
Max Load 805 lbs.
Dry Weight w/ Outboard 165 lbs.
Power Outboard 30hp

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Dipper 19

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Above, Nick Lee rests in his Dipper 19, after a lengthy build in a commercial parking garage.

Originally designed to fit in a 20′ shipping container, the Dipper 19 is roomy inside, with a couple of other noteworthy features. The first is her use of twin 4 cycle outboards on the stern. There is no burying of the outboards in a well or trying to disguise them they are mounted proudly on the stern. Part of this plan is to allow them to be de-mounted for the container stowage, but the other part is to allow them to be as efficient as possible and allows for the increased maneuverability of the twin engines. By placing one engine in the forward and the other in reverse the boat can be turned neatly in a tight circle and if you need the other direction to come into play, then reverse the process and she will turn about the other way. With twin 10hp outboards, the fuel burn at 6 knots speed will be something less than 1 gallon of fuel per hour for an efficiency of 1 gallon of fuel burned for 7 miles of travel. At top speed, the twin 10s will offer 10 knots of speed and twin 15s would offer 12 knots of speed.

The cockpit is left open and unencumbered by seats or other appendages. The whole idea is to have a couple of comfortable folding chairs that have the space of being used in the cockpit well without restricting one into one position or another. Flexibility is really the key! With this arrangement, it leaves enough open space for the two outboards to be laid on their sides for transport.

In the cabin, there is a standup galley that has all the ingredients necessary to function and forward under the trunk cabin, there is space for a porta-potti and twin berths on both sides really a remarkable amount of room inside and out for a boat under 20ft. in length. In the evening, the port-potti could be placed in the pilothouse or cockpit and the filler used in the berth area makes a large almost queen sized bed.

Read about the inspiration for the Dipper 19 in Sam’s design notes.

The Dipper 19 is available as study and full construction plans, and as a precision CNC cut kit.

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Dipper 19 Specifications

Length 18 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 7 ft. – 2 11/16 in.
Draft 15 in.
Displacement 2545 lbs.
Power Dual Outboards 10 – 20hp
Max Speed 10 – 12 knots @ 10hp

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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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Egret

The first Devlin design, the Egret is a proven 15′ 3″ open sail-and-oar adventurer. Easily singlehanded, she is stiff, stable, and comfortable in a breeze. A little too much breeze? She’s also easily rowed, or for those of us who dislike excessively mixing labor and leisure, she can be built with a motor well.

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Read Sam’s design notes about his original design.

The Egret is available as a DIY set of study or construction plans, or a precision CNC cut kit.

Egret Specifications
Length 15 ft. – 3 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 11 in.
Draft   Up/Down 9.5 in. / 32 in.
Displacement 850 lbs.
Dry Weight Hull 280 lbs.

 

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