Pelicano 20 Incoming

Adeline float

Update: Small Boats Monthly is releasing their review of the Pelicano 20! It goes online at noon today! June 1.

The oft-requested Pelicano 20 is coming in every possible way. Study plans are available now on our store.

Full construction plans and a CNC- cut kits are due on June 16th. The kit will sell for $6999 and solves the problem of all those accurate curved cuts on the hull construction. The plans will list for  $325 and will enable you to build your own unique version of this beautiful, versatile boat.  Finally, our Pelicano 20 catalog page is here. It contains the specifications so you can go out and measure your garage. It’ll fit!

Adeline at the dock


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“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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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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Means of Grace

MeansOfGraceSideMeans of Grace was designed for a friend that has owned one of our Surf Scoters for the last 5 years. He has found himself at a career crossroad that allows him to contemplate extensive cruising. Originally I thought that a 38′ ketch would handle his needs most efficiently. After months of sketches and discussions, he became concerned that 38′ would be too large for him to handle alone and that an interim design would be appropriate. The smaller boat, Means of Grace, would be more manageable short-handed which reminds me that the most important function of a boat is its usability. If a boat is not usable from both a physical and mental point of view, then it is not successful.

“Cush” was quite taken with the Lyle Hess-designed, Bristol Channel Cutter, and so Means of Grace shares several similar concepts. The footprint is that of a small, heavy displacement boat with a true cutter rig. The interior is similar, and from an inspirational point of view, the Bristol Channel Cutter served as a nice starting place for the design.

MeansofGraceMagI consulted in depth with Carol Hasse of Port Townsend Sails on the sail plan. Carol has extensive off-shore sailing experience and she and her partner manufacture a most lovely sail.

As a result of Carol’s suggestions, we have an inventory of 7 sails. This covers every wind speed in approximately 10 knot increments from 0 to 80 knots. The final sail plan is a main tri-sail, either alone, or with a heavy storm stay’-sail. With this much possibility in sail combination, Cush can sail on his own beloved Maine coast, or off-shore on long ocean passages. — Sam Devlin

The Means of grace is available as study and full construction plans.


Means of Grace Specifications

Length on Deck 28 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 0 in.
Draft 60 in.
Power Inboard diesel
Sail Area 537 sq. ft.
Hull Type Displacement
Displacement 12900 lbs.
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Sockeye 45

Sockeye45CoverThe Sockeye 45 is a full displacement type boat with an almost workboat type appearance. It has enough room inside to be comfortable with two couples. Its draft is modest enough to allow it to cruise in almost any waters you might encounter on the West or the East Coasts.

The profile is straight West Coast Tug type yacht with a heavy portion of fishboat thrown in. With twin masts in a Ketch configuration, this boat would allow a variety of deck boats to be handled on and off the deck.

Sockeye45SamThe Sockeye 45 is powered by a single 145 HP John Deere marine engine is recommended. This engine weighs in at 1,500 pounds and runs at a top speed of 2,400 rpm. The hull itself features a fantail configuration and is very seakindly in the full displacement range of performance. Top speed is 9 knots and cruising speed of 8 knots at about 3 – 4 gallons of fuel per hour. The engine is below the pilothouse and is sound insulated. — Sam Devlin

The Sockeye 45 is available in study and full construction plans, as well as a custom build from Sam Devlin.




Sockeye 45 Specifications

Length 45 ft. – 10 in.
Beam 13 ft. – 2 in.
Draft 55 in.
Power Inboard diesel, 145hp
Displacement 38000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
Speed 8.5 knots cruise/9.7 knots max
Range 1500 miles @ 8.5 knots
Fuel Capacity 580 gallons
Water Capacity 80 gallons


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Topknot 10 Meter

Topknot10MLiftThe Topknot 32 was designed for a customer from the New England area that wanted a comfortable boat for day trips around his home in Connecticut. Not a bad way to go in today’s hectic world, spending a quiet afternoon poking into coves and simply enjoying the company of good friends with proper refreshments in a good looking “modern idic” boat. These boat types are called “Picnic Boats” and the name fits the intended use very well. The Topknot is our first attempt at the type.

Take a look at the very large cockpit (necessary to handle all of those friends) and the daybed aft for lounging on when at anchor. The cabin has a galley capable of preparing the meal that will be enjoyed and with the settee area forward, the whole group can lounge below on days of inclement weather. Head is clear up in the bow of the boat affording the maximum amount of privacy when the boat is underway.

Topknot10MDockedThe helm and co-helm areas are huge, comfortable seats for the skipper and mate with all other passengers either safely in the cockpit or forward in the fo’c’sle. At a pause in the day’s explorations, the anchor can be set in some quiet cove, lunch brought out and the entire crew can move about either sunning on the daybed or sitting in the shade in the covered cockpit.

Topknot10MTrailerPower on the Topknot is a diesel sterndrive of 250 HP giving a cruising speed of 18 knots burning just under 4 gallons of fuel per hour and a top speed of 24 knots when you need to get home in a hurry. We will be doing several lengths of these vessels with the first being 32′ and the second in the series being 36′ long.

The Topknot is available in study and construction plans.


Topknot 10 Meter Specifications

Length on Deck 33 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 26 in.
Power Inboard diesel/stern drive
Displacement 14900 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
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Pamlico 32

Pamlico32FrontThe Pamlico design was commissioned by Bruce Mierke, an accomplished and very skilled boatbuilder from the shores of North Carolina, for his own use as a potential stock model design that his shop could offer and as a vessel he’s dreamed about for his own personal use. She is really nothing more than a shallow water cruiser that almost serves the function of being a live-aboard boat. Highlights of the design are bracketed around the hi-thrust 60 HP outboard that should be more than enough power to allow her to run at her maximum hull speed of 7.5 knots and most likely be capable of providing her with bursts of speeds to 10 knots when called for. She is long and lean and will move thru the water without much fuss and or wave making action, an attribute that helps keep neighbors and other boaters in good spirits. The outboard is done in a semi-well type configuration which serves the purpose of allowing the outboard to be somewhat sheltered from the side view and when rotated to the lock up position, it does not allow the lower unit to extend beyond the end of the boat very far. You would be surprised at how often outboards get banged up by extending beyond the ends of the stern of the boat. The cockpit is 7’-2” wide and 5’-3” long and has room for a couple of folding deck chairs while still having enough space to move around. The side decks are only 6” wide back here and with the cockpit coaming extending up beyond the decks, they won’t serve the dual function of seating but there always are the two sponsons on either side of the outboard that can be sat on if necessary. One of the really neat features of the Pamlico design is that she is not restricted to just the aft cockpit area for socializing as she has a bow cockpit also. This one measures about 6ft long by 6ft wide, obviously narrowing at the bow, and is accessed by a hinged door on the front of the pilothouse. A bow facing cockpit like this works on the calm and protected waters that the Pamlico 32 was designed for but it would not be a feature I would look forward to on the more boisterous waters of Puget Sound or waters north. We tried that on the Czarinna 30 design years ago, originally built as a cruiser for Lake Union waters in the middle of Seattle, Washington but she was resold into the application of being a cruiser and she was very quickly converted to a flush raised deck type boat. The forward door would never seal up like I wanted and when running her in any kind of a sea, inevitably some green water would lap over the bow and squirt disconcertedly into my lap at the helm. But in this application, cruising on rivers and the protected inlets of the Carolinas, the Pamlico’s arrangements will work really well and allow us to have passengers on the bow deck, looking out at the waterways well separated from the outboard at the stern of the boat. With a cool breeze in the face, the day is always more pleasant.

Pamlico32BackMoving from the aft cockpit into the cabin of the boat, there is a hinged or sliding hatch in the overhead allowing crew to walk upright forward into the cabin without ducking into a doorway but there is a single step down to the cabin sole level. In the aft area of the cabin, we gave her one of the features that win high marks from customers and friends with a head to the starboard side and opposite the full headroom shower compartment on the port side. With the doors opened, there is room for dressing in the morning with privacy standing in the middle of the boat and with a full length mirror on the backside of the head door, you can run a comb thru your hair and look very presentable before the rest of the crew sees your morning face. Just forward of the head on the starboard side is a fore and aft dinette with room to seat two but by adding a folding leaf to the table, there is space to seat another two on the portside settee itself. The same settee can be used as a day bed type lounging area if one is inclined to take a quick nap in the afternoon and with the table hinged down on the starboard side, the sleeping areas are defined port and starboard. With some cleverness, the portside settee can be built as a slide out type configuration which would make up into a queen sized bed but Bruce insisted on not needing this feature in the plans. His statement about that was if the customer needed that feature he could certainly work that out on his own which is one of the benefits of working with an experienced builder.

Moving forward, the galley is to port with a hanging or storage locker on the starboard side just behind the helm seat. The whole idea of this type of cruising is so very different than the saltwater type of cruising that I am more used to. Here the boats need helm and co/helm seats configured so all can face forward and help the skipper see obstructions in the water and help with navigation. In the waters where Pamlico will make her home, the importance of having facing forward seating is diminished and the importance of other deck and lounging areas increases in value. Headroom in the houses is 6’-3” minimum and there is the feeling of room, space and great visibility from the house areas. Windows can be done as hinged or sliding types to keep lots of air moving about the cabin. Keeping the boat and its systems simple is really one of the keys to keeping her loved and used.


She is relatively lightweight despite her length and with the beam at 8’-4”, she is legally trailerable without any special permits in all states and at all hours of towing. This type of boat use is really tempting to any person that loves the water. Imagine the adventures one could have with a boat of this volume and with these capabilities. We are offering the building plans set at $225 dollars for the download version and $255 for a paper set printed for you. There are a total of 13 sheets of drawings in the set with panel expansions done for you and everything designed for the stitch and glue building method. She is planked up with ½” marine plywood in the hull and has an additional layer of ¼” plywood cold molded on her bottom to keep her stiff and able for trailering. — Sam Devlin

The Pamlico 32 is available as study and full construction plans.


Pamlico 32 Specifications

Length 32 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 13 in.
Power Outboard 60hp
Ballast 5500 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Kingfisher 32 Troller

Kingfisher32TrollerFAcropThis design uses the same semi-displacement hull that the Kingfisher 32 Cruiser has but it also has a longer working deck and an innovative outside head. Let’s start at the stern — the typical trolling cockpit aft with engine controls and steering enables the fisherman to work from side to side with safety. There are checker boxes in front of the trolling cockpit and lots of good space on the deck. Up against the pilothouse, there is an outside accessed head compartment with a shower included in the space, and doors, fore and aft, for access to either the engine room or the salmon hold. This outside head really allows it to be used for its primary purpose and provides some privacy without taking too much space from the rest of the boat.

Going forward into the pilothouse, you encounter a galley to starboard and a nice dinette/settee to port.  Helm and co/helm seats are also included and windows on all sides give good visibility and a feeling of spaciousness.  Forward are the typical vee berths with port and starboard berths and plenty of length and width to give a good night’s sleep.

Note the drum windlass on the bow, avoiding the taking of dirty, smelly chain below decks and with a simple hydraulic pump off the engine, this is the simplest and most functional approach.

The rest of the boat you can follow from the drawings and I look forward in working with you on your own version of her. – Sam Devlin (July 2015)

The Kingfisher 32 Troller is available in study plans. Contact Sam if you would like to develop her into your perfect custom boat.


Kingfisher 32 Troller Specifications

Length 32 ft. – 9 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 38 in.
Power Inboard diesel 110-300hp
Ballast 12700 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
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Kingfisher 32 Cruiser

Kingfisher32cruiseFAcropI have become intrigued with the smallest passagemaker type vessel that could really tackle some passages on the West Coast, even with the possibility of going up or down the coast from the Northwest to Alaska in the Spring and Mexico in the Fall. This design is my interpretation of the type and she provides all those capabilities. She has two staterooms, a covered afterdeck, dingy stowage above, drum windlass on the bow (so you don’t have to bring that dirty chain below decks), stabilizer poles using paravanes (the simplest and best form of stabilization), two head arrangement, and good room for use. Power can be anything from 110hp for an 8 knot cruiser to a 300hp diesel for a semi-displacement cruiser. Speeds will be matched to the power available and depend on how much gear you drag aboard. Range will vary from something in excess of 700 miles in the slow version to around 300 miles in the faster version. Take a look — she draws heavily from the Northwest Salmon fishing boats that used to populate our coast and I hope you agree that she looks like she wants to have the lines tossed off and head off on an adventure. – Sam Devlin

The Kingfisher 32 Cruiser is available as study plans. Contact Sam is you would like to see the boat developed.



Kingfisher 32 Cruiser Specifications

Length 32 ft. – 9 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 38 in.
Power Inboard diesel 110-300hp
Ballast 12700 lbs.
Hull Type Semi-Displacement
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Song Wren 21

SongWren21FullSideThe Song Wren 21 extends the Wren series in several ways. She’s a bit larger than the Winter and Marsh Wrens, with room for up to three berths, and plenty of cabin space for all the amenities of cruising. She maintains the light and balanced feel of the smaller Wrens and adds the performance of a larger gaff rig and cutter sail arrangement. Although she can be built with a traditional keel, Sam has designed a swing keel that allows the exploration of shallower waters. Perhaps more importantly, the swing keel allows the boat to be trailered on a powerboat trailer, which means simpler storage and the means to take her to new and isolated waters – new adventures in a Song Wren.

Read about the best place to make a BLT in Sam’s design notes.

The Song Wren 21 is available in study and construction plans.


Song Wren 21 Specifications

Length on deck 21 ft. – 3 in.
Length overall 26 ft. – 7 in.
Beam 7 ft. – 5 in.
Draft   up/down 24 in. / 47 in.
Displacement 2800 lbs.
Ballast 900 lbs.
Sail Area 302 sq.ft.
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