Mallard

MallardBeauty1This is an old and venerable design by now with the first design and boat built more than 20 years ago as I write this. She is of the “SneakBox” type of boat with the transom accommodating up to a 15 hp outboard motor, but she also rows or poles very well. In fact, of all the “SneakBox” types of boats that we design and build, the little Mallard is the best at rowing. Now all that good rowing performance does cut down into her top speed under power and if you envision blasting around the duck marsh at something exceeding the frostbite limit of the end of your nose then you would do well to search on to another of our designs. But if you are looking for a very fine little duckboat that will power well under oar and will hunt with you and a buddy in a safe and efficient manner then the “Mallard” is a fine selection.

There is positive foam 3 point flotation that allows the boat to float level and upright even if the cockpit were full of water. There is a lot of piece of mind to this flotation and we use it on all of our hunting boats. The hull is built of high grade marine plywood covered with epoxy resin and sheathed on the exterior with epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth. The result is a lightweight, durable boat that isn’t as noisy as straight fiberglass or metal boats and the hull itself is more insulative and on a cold day in the marsh, that makes a lot of difference in comfort.

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Our “Mallard” is a great boat for the hunter that likes to occasionally hunt alone, or with a buddy and a good dog. She accommodates up to about 3 dozen decoys with two hunters on board and is very concealable (low profile). This is a good, quality duck hunting boat, designed for the marsh and her purpose in life is to place you in circumstances and situations that might just be life memories. — Sam Devlin

The Mallard is available in study and construction plans.

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Mallard Specifications

Length 12 ft. – 11 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 10 in.
Draft 5 in.
Power Oars, 15hp Outboard
Displacement 155 lbs.
Speed 15 mph (medium load)
Max Load 580 lbs.
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Bella 12

Boat classification is a daunting area of study. Just ask L. Francis about the proper definition for a yawl boat or a cutter. In differentiating between a dinghy, a tender, and a skiff, it’s incredibly easy to get turned around a couple times. To compound this, the definitions are sometimes regional! I’ve distilled my own interpretation and then drank to it with a nice cigar, thank you very much. This boat is a skiff, and to Davy Jones and the Kraken for those who would argue with the designer!

What matters more than the type of vessel this handy little craft is called, are what she is intended for and how efficiently she does her job. So many ponds and quays these days are rife with oar-powered craft that are no more suitable for a person to row than for a person to try and sail a 30 foot cigarette boat. These Jon boats and aluminum skiffs are an offense to the art of rowing and to those captaining them even more so. What I have strived for in the Bella 12 is a boat that will row nicely with one or two aboard, yet be able to accept a very small outboard for those longer trips. Instead of a dead flat run aft, the buttocks sweep up gracefully into a shape that is far more easily driven by oars. I recommend going no larger than a 2.5hp outboard – she’ll simply squat with more – and an even better option would be for a small electric motor on her stern.

Many would likely be surprised at the smart clip she will show with even so small a motor; this is where the shape of this boat shines. No, she won’t jump onto a plane – we have other boats for that. If one is looking for a little skiff that’s a true pleasure to row, as well as the versatility afforded by the option of an outboard, the Bella 12 is the sensible choice. — Sam Devlin

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The Devlin Bella 12 is available in study and construction plans. Also as a CNC cut kit.

Bella 12 Specifications

Length 11 ft. – 7.25 in.
Beam 3 ft. – 9.75 in.
Draft 6.5 in.
Power Oars, Outboard, 2.5 hp max
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Peeper

PeepersDesigned along the lines of an old duck-hunting skiff, with few modifications, the Peeper has become a very tidy little vessel. Her size is alluring, just under 12 feet in length and almost 4 feet wide. Her generous sheer creates a delightful profile on the water. Grace and motion says it all when describing the Peeper. She is a pleasure to row, light, responsive, and fast enough for good transportation. The unique wooden oarlock bracket has two rowing positions so the boat can be trimmed for different loads.

The Peeper is a terrific skiff or yacht tender,  easy to build, easy to row, maneuver, and a pleasure to own. — Sam Devlin

The Devlin Peeper is available in study and construction plans.

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Peeper Specifications

Length 11 ft. – 11 in.
Beam 3 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 4 in.
Power Oars
Displacement 83 lbs.
Max Load 425 lbs.

 

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Broadbill

BroadbillThis is the smallest of our offerings in the “SneakBox” type of hunting boats. The “Broadbill” is intended for the solo hunter, being small enough and light enough to fit into the back of a pickup or you might even consider cartopping. Its incredible low profile and small size make it an ideal candidate for hunting just offshore from the larger more established blinds in your hunting areas or you might use it as a layout type boat. In either case, a low blind setup is the best way to use her and with your favorite dog between your legs and up to a dozen high quality decoys set out, you will be amazed at how efficient she hunts. This little boat is the Holy Grail of hunting where your biggest problem will be how to raise up the ducks that sneaked up on you and are swimming in with your decoys. She accommodates up to 15 HP outboard on her stern and speeds under power can run up to 30 miles per hour. Many times I have hunted in areas where a lot of other hunters were having no luck and my biggest problem was in hitting the birds before they could land in the decoys. Ahhh…….life should be as simple as this! — Sam Devlin

The Broadbill is available as study and construction plans.

Broadbill Specifications

Length 10 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 6.5 in.
Draft 4.5 in.
Power Oars, or 15 hp outboard
Dry Weight 105 lbs.
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Guppy

GuppyThe “Guppy” is a cousin to our Polliwog and has a similar look and appearance but with an overall length of 19 inches longer, it has a greatly increased capacity to carry weight as a dingy and sail area as a small sailboat. The Guppy is a fine candidate for the all around dingy/skiff/small sailboat, without vice, she does her job efficiently and smoothly. It’s always hard to find a boat that is this versatile but the Guppy seems to do it so handily that it makes the job look easy.

With a small outboard on her stern, she makes a fine dingy for exploring a quiet anchorage and for ferrying people and pets ashore. We’ve had 3 adults and gear on board and she seems to handle it all in style. The Guppy has been designed to be easily and quickly built by amateur boatbuilders with a minimum of tools and experience.

The Guppy is available as study and construction plans.

Guppy Specifications

Length 9 ft. – 1 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 4 in.
Draft   Board up/Down 6 in. / 32 in.
Power Sail, Oars, or 2 hp outboard
Useful Load 585 lbs.
Dry Weight 80 lbs.
Sail Area 54 sq. ft.
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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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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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Small Fry Dinghy

My oldest son, Cooper, has a 34ft sailboat and dreams of one day sailing off on the big blue Pacific. He needed a small dingy that would mount on the bow of his boat. So we one afternoon tackled the design of a dingy that would share his life aboard and allow him, his dog, and his gear to be floated to shore on the rare occasions that he hankered a good walk ashore. The ‘Small Fry’ is the result. It fits nicely on the bow of his boat, doesn’t get in the way, is light enough to the lowered over the side without lifting tackle, can be towed if needed, and most importantly, is a good safe boat that his ‘Daddy’ won’t worry about him using when he makes his journey. — Sam Devlin

The Small Fry is available as study and construction plans.

Small Fry Dinghy Specifications

Length 6 ft. – 11.75 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 4 in.
Draft 6.75 in.
Power Oars
Useful Load 250 lbs.
Dry Weight 48 lbs.
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Duckling 17

Duckling17Sleek lines and a beautiful sheer make the Duckling a delight to row and own. She is light and responsive and easily handled, providing great exercise for the single oarsman. As a three-panel per side design, she’ll glide through the water nearly effortlessly.

At 95 lbs. the Duckling 17 is a very car-toppable boat, easy for one person to handle. Folding pattern oarlocks and eight foot spoon blade oars give her a lot of power.

A flotation seat compartment and the natural buoyancy of her wood make her unsinkable. For leisure rowing, or as an exercise machine, a more graceful and beautiful rowing boat would be hard to find.

The Duckling 17 is available in study and construction plans, and a precision CNC cut kit.

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Duckling 17 Specifications

Length 17 ft. – 3 5/8 in.
Beam 3 ft. – 5.75 in.
Draft 5.25 in.
Displacement with Rower 346 lbs.
Hull Weight 95 lbs.

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Lit’l Petrel

LitlPetrelMidBuildThe Devlin Lit’l Petrel is the big sister to the Micro Petrel. She has the same ease of use, the same easy build, and the same utility. While both Petrels are exceptional small tenders and load carriers, the Lit’l Petrel adds a great deal of useful load without adding much to the hull weight. She’s easy to handle, easy to store, and easy to transport. She’s rugged enough to spend her life on the back of a larger boat and small enough to hang on a wall of your garage. Maximum usefulness in a minimal package!

 

Read Sam’s design notes for the Lit’l Petrel.

Check out these Micro Petrel build photos. The build techniques are identical.

The Lit’l Petrel is available in study and full construction plans, and as a CNC cut kit.

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Lit’l Petrel Specifications

Length 8 ft. – 11.25 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 2.375 in.
Draft 5 in.
Useful Load 340 lbs.
Dry Weight Hull 63 lbs.
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