“Thank You for Your Patience Sale” Just Ended

***Update*** There was a hitch with the sale timekeeping system. Apologies to anyone who tried to shop when the sale was accidentally down.


*** Update*** Thanks to Igor for pointing out a really should-have-been-obvious flaw! There was really no way to to get to the Shopping Cart. Now, the Store link has sub-links to go directly to your Cart and to Checkout. Also, if you have something in your cart, you’ll see a list on the right hand side of the page. My bad… We’re extending the sale until midnight to make up for it.


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Store Update

*** Update Monday Morning ***

We seem to have the download issues ironed out. That said, there may be some minor mistakes in linking products to their respective downloads. I went through them quickly on Friday night. Please let me know if you get the wrong file for your order, and I will fix it.

I’m also aware that we are delivering insecure images alongside secure content. It’s because the images were added before we moved to our new secure server. I can assure you that it does not compromise your security; there are 6 layers of security protecting your account and transactions. But, I can understand if makes you nervous. I’ll be looking for a way to secure those images today.

***Update Friday night***

I fixed all the download links and updated all the orders to make (pretty) sure the downloads work. For those of you who ordered as guest, I sent out new emails, with updated links.


***Update  Friday afternoon***- Ok, we figured out the download problems. It will take a few hours to fix. For those of you who had trouble downloading, I believe I have sent out plans, but if I haven’t, please let me know. I will also go back and fix the existing orders with new download links. If you ordered with an account, you can go to your account and get fresh links soon. If you ordered as a guest, I can send you a new order email with updated download links.

It came to my attention that people are trying to sign in with old store credentials. In short, they are gone with the old store. It’s an entirely new system. There is no way to incorporate them into the new store without making a mess, so please sign up for an account on the new store if you wish. That way, you can get back to your purchases any time.


The store is up. At long last.

The old store links will no longer work. You can reach the new store through the main menu link on the site.

The designs in the catalog with plans are linked directly to the correct products.

You can also find products through the main site search as well as the store search. I may separate the site and store searches. Site search returns a lot of results.

Plans are grouped by boat design. There are three types of products right now. Downloadable study plans, downloadable construction plans, and printed construction plans. The downloads are in zip files that contain pdf files. You can read pdf files on anything, or easily have them printed. Printed files are the plans we print for you and ship.

Everything is linked back to the catalog entry for that boat. You’ll find the return links in the product description.

– Jim



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Happy New Year Site Update

Hi Folks,

We just finished moving devlinboat.com to new hosting company to fix some ongoing problems, to improve performance, and to update the store to something a lot less creaky. It was not the smoothest site move I’ve ever done, if I’m being honest. What this means is that we lost some site activity in the process. If you signed up or made a comment recently, it probably got lost in the shuffle. Please feel free to repost anything. The good news is that we’re now on a much more solid foundation and what we do from now on will work. The site came up just a few minutes ago. I see that the new store is not up yet, so I’ll be working on that until it’s right.

I appreciate your patience through all of the changes. Feel free to contact me with any site issues. More information always helps.



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Site Update #3

Ok, we’ve worked far too long to solve some relatively basic problems on our host, so we are moving the entire site to a company that understands our technology stack. What this means is that devlinboat.com will disappear for a couple of days, give or take, depending on where you are in the world. When it comes back up, the features we have not been able to deploy will come with it. We apologize for the hassle and inconvenience in recent weeks. – Jim

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Site Update Again

Hi folks. Yes, we are aware of the issues with site and store access. The plan is to replace the store with a more modern set of technology. You will be able to use the store with phones and other devices. It may require a change of hosts. We are looking at the options to make the store as seamless as possible. At the moment, the store is using a different security key, which is a hosting change in policy. If you can’t access the store, try deleting the cookies associated with devlinboat.com. Click on the “i” icon next to the address bar, or use the main menu to delete all cookies. The bottom line is that current cookies use the old SSL certificate, and we have been forced to use a new one. In the near future, we will do the whole shuffle over again, but once we do it, the store will work the same for the foreseeable future.

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Security Error

Update 11/6: The site and the store are working with security in place. If you get a “Too many redirects” error, please clear out your cookies on your web browser. You can delete just the devlinboat.com cookies from the little info button next to your address bar. Or, you can delete ALL your cookies from the options menu for your browser. I tend to delete all my cookies fairly often just to keep advertisers from tracking me for months.


My apologies for those of you encountering a security error on the store. We got caught by a change in policy from our hosting service involving security certificates and how they are implemented on their system. The fix is underway and the host has assured me it will take less than 24 hours to straighten it out.



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It’s Showtime!

Here we go! Sam is wrapped in the mad scramble it takes to prepare for two major boat shows in a row.

First up is the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival this weekend, September 9, 10, and 11th at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. This show is packed with events, boats, learning opportunities, vendors, food, and fun activities for the kids. If you’ve never been, it’s a great way to spend a day, or an entire weekend.

Sam will be there with lots of great Devlin boats, built at the the Devlin shop and by Devlin customers as well. You can talk to Sam about boats that work for you, to owners about what it’s like to own a Devlin boat, and even to those adventurous builders about how it works and how it feels to live with a boat you built with your own hands.

On Thursday evening, at 5PM, Sam is hosting the Wooden Boat Foundation & WoodenBoat Magazine Lifetime Achievement in Boatbuilding & Design. This is where the very best wooden boatbuilders are recognized for their excellence and contributions to the art of wooden boat design and building. As a recipient of this prestigious award, Sam is well placed to introduce the latest winners.

On Friday, he is also participating the in the Yacht Designers Q&A session. It’s safe to say that in the past 38 years, he has seen it all and has a great deal to contribute to the discussion.

For the rest of the show, Sam will be on the docks. Stop by, say hi, and ask him to show you his boats. Speaking of boats, he is featuring two very nice examples for sale. Both have recently undergone extensive renovation to make sure they are ready for immediate and long lasting boating pleasure.

First up is the Zelda Belle, a Surf Scoter 26. She is a full sized cruiser with carefully designed features for comfortable extended cruising and enough power to get to your destination in a hurry. At the show, she is offered for $119,500. She’s also a cover model.


Second is The Gooselodge II, a Surf Runner 25, which is designed to evoke the sporty classic lines of larger runabouts. In typical Devlin fashion, she incorporates many features to take her beyond a runabout into an entirely livable boat for longer journeys. She does it all with grace and comfort. The Gooselodge II is also available for $119,500 at the show.



Next week, Sam will attend the South Lake Union Boats Afloat show in Seattle. It runs from September 14 through he 18th. This show is a bit of different scene. The focus on wooden boats changes into a general boat show full of everything from assembly line sport and fishing boats to yachts made primarily from (gasp!) things like fiberglass. This a good way to compare a lot of styles and building techniques. You can read about the benefits of wooden boats here. If you are looking for a broad overview of the current boating options, Boats Afloat is a good show to attend.

You can see the Zelda Belle and Gooselodge II at this show too, but the feature showing from Devlin Boats will be the grand and stately Edwin S. Dawson, a Devlin Sockeye 45. This is major boat, a trawler-style displacement cruiser that can take you as far as you would ever want to go, in absolute roomy comfort. Bring the entire family or a bunch of friends. There’s room for everyone! She is show priced at $998,900. Built from scratch, she would cost at least twice that much.


Two shows, rapid fire. Come to see Sam and bring all your questions.

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Site News – August

Hi folks! Two major changes have been happening on devlinboat.com.

The first is Sam’s Sketchbook. You can find the link in top left corner of the site. This is the place to dip a toe in the endless stream of design work that happens behind the scenes. It’s easy to look at a Devlin Boat and see a lovely boat. It’s another thing to look at the same boat and see all the human handiwork and craftsmanship that go into the build of that specific boat. Even harder is to get a sense of the design process that lies at heart of a boat that eventually drives so many adventures and experiences. Sam’s Sketchbook will help us all look behind his artistic curtain get a sense of what it takes to start with an idea and turn that into a vessel for you particular nautical dreams.

And second, I am very close to launching the new Devlin web store. I had to travel to Tennessee for some family issues, which has put a kink in the rollout. (Turns out my dad hasn’t even heard of the internet, much less connected himself to it, no matter what his wife has to say on the matter..) On the other hand, we’ve built a store that works on modern standards, which means you will recognize the payment system, you can shop it on your phone or other devices, and we can manage it quickly and efficiently behind the scenes. For you, that means that we will be able to add sales, coupons, and other promotions, so be sure to keep an eye out for the deals!



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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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