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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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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Nancy’s China

Nancy’s China is probably the most popular design in the Devlin Catalog. The name is a tongue-in-cheek observation that the finished boat should cost about as much as one new place setting of the then-new White House China. Bear in mind this design dates back to 1980.

The original design had a stayless spirit sail sloop sail plan and a dagger board type hull. The result was easy to handle, easy to set up from trailer, and an enjoyable boat that was an instant success for Devlin Designing Boatbuilders. Recently, Sam dusted off the old drawings and reviewed the design to add a couple of different sailing rigs for her.

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The idea here is an economical day sailor with enough cabin to provide some shelter if the weather turns. It’s small enough to store in the garage, light enough to tow with almost any vehicle, and easy enough for anyone to sail.

Nancy’s China is a true classic in the Devlin catalog. Read his design notes from the early days to learn the details.

Nancy’s China is available in study and construction plans, and as a CNC precision cut kit.

 

Nancy’s China Specifications

Length 15 ft. – 3 in.
Beam 6 ft. – 2 in.
Draft   Up/Down 16.75 in. / 34.5 in.
Dry Weight 850 lbs.
Ballast 300 lbs.
Sail Area Varies by rig
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Eider

The Eider is a wonderful 17′ 3″ cabin sailboat. It is a great step up in size and function from the 15′ Nancy’s China, yet is still compact and trailerable.

Her small cabin has good room to sleep two with a bit of extra space for gear to be stowed out of the way of your unrolled sleeping bags.

The self-bailing cockpit allows her to live on her mooring throughout our rainy spring and fall (and all-to-often our summers as well).

For deeper insights on the Eider, check out Sam’s design notes.

Eider study and construction plans. Eider CNC cut kit.

 

Eider Specifications

Length 17 ft. – 3.75 in.
Beam 6 ft. – 11.5 in.
Draft   Up/Down 1 ft. – 7 7/8 in. / 2ft. – 11.5 in.
Displacement 1636 lbs.
Ballast 630 lbs.
Sail Area 169 sq. ft.
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Lit’l Coot

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The Lit’l Coot is a wonderful little pocket cruiser, ideally suited to the waters of Puget Sound or the inside passage.

She is trailerable on a small powerboat style trailer, and compact enough to store in the average residential garage. The bilge keels allow her to beach out level and upright if caught by the tide.

A 9.9 4 cycle outboard is about ideal, economical and quiet. Unlike most small sailboats of this size, the outboard is offset to clear the rudder. The result is that on either tack, the motor is not in an ideal position. Sam has solved that problem by fitting dual rudders. Superior.

The tabernacle hinged mast makes rigging at the boat launch a breeze. Simply raise the mast, attach the forestay to the anchor roller and pin the tabernacle. Easy.

For the details, check out Sam’s design notes for the Lit’l Coot.

Lit’l Coot 18 study and construction plans available. It’s also available as  a CNC cut kit.

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