Pete Markantes sent us some photos of his Honker. Aptly named ‘Dawn Patrol’, Pete’s boat is a beautiful build that serves as a great general purpose boat, excellent for fishing, and can be fitted out with a full set of blinds to turn it into a serious duck stalking machine. Nice job, Pete!
I just wanted to point out the secondary menu at the very top of the site. The green bar breaks down the Devlin design catalog into a more use-oriented set of designs. Hopefully, it will help you to drill down to the design that works for you. If you can think of a breakdown we are missing, please let us know.
Meantime, the Login/Logout has appeared on the same menu, and a search button has been added to the main menu. Please register, login, and join the discussion about anything you see on the site. We put a few security measures in place to keep the bots from taking over the site, which means that you have to put in the picture text when you login. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it’s a necessity in the modern web. I pay attention to all of it, and much more importantly, Sam does too. You can help us by telling us what matters to you. And finally, we have sharing buttons on every post on the site. Help us out by sharing anything you believe is worth sharing. Sam is a very responsive business leader, and your voice matters in how he works. And as always, every Devlin boat has a story. Telling those stories is one of my favorite things to do. Send me your photos and stories, and I’ll make sure they show up on the site.
Sam Devlin spent the weekend in Portland. I’m sure that many positive things happened while he was there. After all, the photo above shows us a picture of a peaceful boat builder in front of the beautiful Adeline, the first build of the Pelicano 20. However, evidence suports a theory that not all is quiet back East. Turns out, there is a political controversy over the venue, and Sam found himself on the news, right in middle of the fight. The phrase, “Can’t take this guy anywhere,” comes to mind.
So, in a long awaited milestone, the Devlin site now encompasses the entire Devlin Design catalog. Well, the entire design catalog that I know about anyway. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Sam has a baker’s dozen more designs tucked into a folder somewhere. In any case, it is with profound satisfaction that I point out the completion of the biggest chunk of the data on this site. I’d like to offer a few tips on how to zero in on the boats you want and explain the next steps for the revamping of Devlin’s online presence.
First off, search is your friend. If you know the model of the design, search will pin it down in one step. If not, every design is tagged with good descriptors. Try searching for “outboard” or “fishing” for example. That said, nothing is perfect, and if I missed an obvious tag for a particular boat, please let me know.
Second, we have some top level links to take you to lists of boats in basic categories of how they are powered. We also have availability lists for plans and kits. I am aware that these can yield very long lists, which is fun in a “browsing through boats” way, but We have plans to subdivide into more specific categories groupings and lists, so that you can easily find boats that work for your ideas of how you want to use a boat.
If you care to sign up and log in, you can comment on anything on the site. I ask that you keep those comments topical and clean. The first comment you post will need to be allowed by me. After that, your posts will appear immediately. We do reserve the right to revoke your permission to post for any reason, but if you are not posting all the usual “bad things” of the modern internet, you have nothing to worry about. If you find yourself removed from the site for no apparent reason, feel free to contact me to make your case. Odds are that it happened because you a) looked like a spammy Russian, or b) I did something stupid.
As many of you have noted, the current store is completely useless on a smartphone. To fix this problem, I am planning to rebuild the entire store on a platform that is completely responsive to tablets and smartphones. In fact, that is the very next step on my list. The store as it exists must die!
Sam has produced an enormous amount of work in the past 4 decades. You can see that easily here. The logical outcome is that there are probably about 10 bazillion errors on the site. I am happy to fix anything you find. On the other hand, anything Sam finds will get fixed first, and he is picky, picky.
That same 40 years of work has produced over 76000 photos. I am not claiming that I rooted out all of the photos that apply to any given boat, or even the best, so if you want your boat to stand as an example of a particular design, I am happy to oblige. I need some info, anything you think is relevant, and some photos with enough resolution to post. The old site had many tiny images. I like big images. Maybe because I’m getting old, and I have bifocals. The new site is standardized on 1200 pixels of resolution. Anything at that size or bigger is perfectly fine. If you don’t know, right-click on your image and select properties/details.
And finally, one of the most compelling things about Devlin’s work is the stories that seem to sprout without any deliberation. We are starting a customer showcase that allows you to share your stories, and I hope that you will choose to do so. Devlin boats allow people to step outside the normal bounds of life into grand adventures, family togetherness, a handing down of tradition, or just good old fashioned adventure. Please feel free to share. If you are not comfortable with the technology, please email me for help or to translate for you. I’m happy to help.
Sam is heading east for the Main Boatbuilders show in less than two weeks. He’ll be out there with ‘Adeline’, Henry Clews’ fabulous Devlin built Pelicano 20. He probably has some other trouble in mind for the show as well, like possibly eating some delicious lobsta or some tag team wrestling with other boatbuilders. The only way to find out is to visit him at the show. In all seriousness, boat shows are a great time to meet Sam, to see some of his work, and to ask questions of a leading veteran boat designer. See the show site for the details.Share This:
Hi, folks. I’m planning some big changes to the site this weekend, and I just wanted to let you know that there may be some disruptions. The end result will be a much smoother and more complete look at Devlin Designing Boat Builders. including the entire design catalog from Sam’s four-decade body of work. Thanks for your patience!Share This:
Hi, folks. ‘Adeline’ is a Pelicano 20, a custom designed version of the Pelicano Bass Boat that Sam and crew built for Henry Clews and Nancy Chandler in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I spoke to Henry a few days ago, and he graciously agreed to write up his experiences with Adeline. He did such an excellent job that I’ll just hand it over to Henry…
Denny Heck, our 10th District Congressman, stopped the Devlin shop by for a visit today. He and Sam discussed a number of issues related to the state of doing business in our current economic environment. I was not part of the discussion, but I believe it was a good one, because the Congressman’s staffer, David, was fully stressed out by trying to keep his boss on schedule.
Devlin Designing Boat Builders is proud to announce the launch of the ‘Anne Elise’, the first of Sam Devlin’s Red Salmon Fishing Cruiser design. Along with the classic lines and wooden construction of Devlin designs, the ‘Anne Elise’ brings a package of new technology to the world of wooden boats. Using the state-of-the-art Mercury Marine joystick maneuvering system, the boat is capable of moving laterally in any direction and pivoting within the length of the boat. The joystick system allows for unprecedented ease of docking, particularly in challenging conditions.