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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Polliwog

With the Polliwog, it is our intention to offer the amateur builder the opportunity to build a lightweight and strong dinghy or tender. Polliwog’s performance is crisp, clean and efficient – you won’t be disappointed. Building the Polliwog can be a wonderful family project or build one with a friend. A minimum of tools are required; plywood scarfing and building molds are not required. Using the latest stitch-and-glue technology, when finished, you have a great boat in need of minimal annual maintenance.

Scan the enclosed materials list and you’ll see this is a quick and thrifty project you can complete in just a few hours with results you can be proud of.

— Sam Devlin

  • 2- 4 x 8 sheets of plywood, 1/4″ thick
  • 1/2 – 4 x 8 sheet of plywood, 1/2″ thick for longitudinals and stern knees, breast hook and rear bulkhead
  • 12- mahogany 1″ x 12″
  • 1- gallon epoxy resin
  • 1/2- gallon epoxy hardener
  • 1- 50 yd. roll 4″ x 8 oz. fiberglass cloth
  • 7- yard 38″ x 6 oz. fiberglass cloth
  • 2- pounds wood flour
  • 2- #4482 Wilcox-Crittenden oarlock sockets
  • 2- quarts primer
  • 1- pint varnish
  • 1- quart enamel

The Polliwog is available as study and construction plans.

***For those of you coming to the Polliwog from the construction video on YouTube, please be aware that the video refers to older version of the plans. The transition notch has been replaced by a different method of construction. It’s also worth noting that the video on YouTube is unofficial and not posted by Devlin Boats. We have no way to update it.

Polliwog Specifications

Length 7 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 7 in.
Power Oars or 2 hp outboard
Useful Load 450 lbs.
Dry Weight 58 lbs.
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