Peregrin 36

Peregrin36SideThe “Peregrine 36” is designed in particular for the cruising grounds of the North West and the North East. With a low and lean profile and a sail plan and keel configuration suited to sailing comfortably and fast in the wide variety of conditions that one might encounter in these two areas.

She accommodates a crew of between one and six sailors. And at the conclusion of the days sailing the crew can retreat below to comfortable seating for conversation or refreshments. If the “Peregrine 36” is used as a cruising boat then the interior can accommodate up to five in comfort.

A couple of features make this design interesting, and in its own way make a lot of sense in todays world. With the raised doghouse with glass on all sides, the interior of the cabin and in particular the galley and chart area will allow good light and excellent visibility through 360 degrees. The interior has very comfortable seating in the port and starboard settees just forward of the galley area. With a table just aft of the mast a fair sized group can eat and converse with a fair degree of comfort. Forward of the main salon is a head to port with shower built in and a large hanging locker on the starboard side. Forward of that is a double berth and chain locker.

Peregrin36renderBack in the main cabin the galley has the sink very near the center line of the boat which can be used on either tack. And to starboard is a chart table area for electronics and a quarter berth for the skippers berth.

Up on deck aft of the raised doghouse is an interesting two level cockpit. The upper cockpit is 5 ft. long and the Peregrine can be steered with either a tiller or with optional wheel. Sail controls and working of the cockpit winches is right at hand. But where this cockpit gets really interesting is in the forward sections just aft of the raised doghouse. There are two seats, one port and the other starboard that are 9 inches lower than the after part of the cockpit. The reason for this lowering of these seats is to allow for the helm person to see over the heads of the other sailors better and to allow these two seats to be sheltered for night watch or sailing in inclement weather. With these two lower seats one can see out or through the doghouse out of the wind and rain. If a dodger is fitted to the boat the sailer can sit below a very low profile dodger in more comfort than most boats can manage.

All sail controls on the Peregrine 36 can be lead aft into the cockpit along the extension of the cockpit coamings. These coamings extend forward from the cockpit to up past the mast with a 5″ shelf alongside the raised doghouse. Halyards and sheet leads run on this shelf and don’t have to run on the side decks of the boat cluttering up the walkways and causing ones feet to trip up while going forward. The shrouds are lead aft at an angle that allows the rig to be set up firmly enough to not need the addition of runners to hold head-stay tension.

The “Peregrine 36″ is truly intended to be the type of boat that sails six, drinks, four and sleeps two, with the proviso that on occasion she can accommodate more for periods of time with comfort. She has a long enough waterline to give comfortable speeds in a variety of weather and with her long and lean look she will most likely turn heads where ever she sails.

The Peregrine 36 will be built in wood epoxy/composite with the stitch and glue building method. She is multi-chined and in section presents almost a round bottom. The keel is a fin type with Stainless-steel fin and lead bulb at the base. With six foot draft the keel will help hold this relatively narrow boat up to her sail plan. A 15 hp. Yanmar diesel saildrive engine will help out when the wind is being finicky, and with a hand held autopilot control night watch within the confines of the raised doghouse or under the dodger will be much more pleasant than on the typical boat fully exposed to the elements. The Peregrine 36 will be built with high grade marine plywood with the hull skin coldmolded to a thickness of 1” and with an additional coating of epoxy resin and glass cloth sheathing for the exterior she will be a tough but beautiful boat. With her varnished mahogany interior and dark green leather cushions balanced by a beautiful shaped exterior the “Peregrine 36” should fairly take ones breath away with simple elegant beauty. — Sam Devlin

The Peregrin 36 is available as study plans, and as a custom build from Devlin Boats.



Peregrin 36 Specifications

Length 35 ft. – 10 in.
Beam 10 ft. – 6 in.
Draft 72 in.
Power Inboard diesel 15hp/Sail
Hull Type Displacement
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Whimbrel 32

WhimbrelBeauty2A couple from Olympia came to us looking for a boat to cruise in the Northwest. The cruising would consist of voyages of three months in the Summer and week-long jaunts in the Winter. A cabin would be needed to accommodate two comfortably in the Summer and four for shorter trips. Being fans of the schooner rig and wanting an inside steering station, this pilot house schooner was the result.

The sail plan is well divided with no sail being larger that 185 sq. ft. All the sails are self tending for effortless tacking. The boomkin allows a permanent backstay and a good place to store or tow the dinghy. The cockpit is tee-shaped and self-bailing.

Inside the pilot house there is a settee to port and a hanging locker and space for electronics to the starboard. Stepping down into the main salon, the galley and head are to port. On the starboard side is a large settee that converts to a double berth with a fold-down dinette table and wine rack placed on the central bulkhead. The double berth forward is roomy and comfortable. There is full standing head room throughout the pilothouse and main salon.

Auxiliary power is a 27 hp diesel set in the centerline. The long keel with the cut-away forefoot allows good tracking and makes for quick tacks. With her well-proportioned rig and good lines, Whimbrel cuts a clean wake and turns heads whenever she sails. — Sam Devlin

The Whimbrel is available as a custom build from Devlin Designing Boat Builders, and currently as a a pre-loved boat.



Pamlico 32 Specifications

Length on Deck 31 ft. – 6 in.
Beam 9 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 4 ft. – 10 in.
Power Inboard diesel 27hp
Ballast 15000 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
Sail Area 481 sq. ft.
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The Kestrel design resulted from having owned and sailed “MALISH”, an Arctic Tern sloop, for the past five years.

While actually using MALISH, I didn’t think much of modifications or redesigns because she sailed so very well, but during her time at the dock and during my reflective visions of what her replacement would be, I often considered the same Arctic Tern-type boat with the ends elongated. The freeboard and headroom would be only slightly increased. The cockpit would be tightened up and the mid-boom sheeting for the mainsail would make her easier to sail short-handed.

An enclosed head in the interior would allow for a modicum of privacy. The galley would be mid-ships in the cabin with sink and stowage to starboard. Just to port of the main companionway is a quarter berth, the engine box for a 10 hp. diesel in the bridge deck and a small box seat extension forward.

Forward are port-and-starboard settees turning into a double berth. This type of arrangement would allow seating for drinks after a brisk sail, or dinner guests.

The changes are not so great from the Arctic Tern, just more tailored to my needs.

“Malish” now has a new home with a couple from Marblehead, Mass. With time allowing, “Kestrel” will move from paper to shop floor and some day I expect my two boys and I will have some fine adventures on her. — Sam Devlin

The Kestrel is available as study plans. Contact Sam if you would like to see the design developed.

Kestrel Specifications

Length 26 ft. – 4 in.
Beam 8ft. – 1 in.
Draft 3 ft. 10 in.
Power Inboard diesel 10-20hp
Ballast 2500 lbs.
Sail Area 346 sq. ft. sloop
Hull Type Displacement
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Sooty Tern

Drawing on the experience with our 23 Arctic Tern Sailboat the Sooty Tern design was an extension of a similar concept with the biggest change being the Gaff Rig design and a 2 foot longer boat. SootyTernSide

A diesel engine was planned for in the design and a 3/4 length full keel allows shoal draft capability with the easy balanced helm of a fully separate rudder system. This Keel/ rudder combination allows a very sensitive helm that tracks extremely well and has a bit more efficiency than a normal full keel/transom hung rudder arrangement. And with the transom hung rudder a very strong rudder connection is possible and servicing and maintenance is easy and quick. A large cockpit was planned to accommodate up to four adults for sailing with comfort, and single winches for headsails are right at hand and convenient to use.

All sail raising and lowering is done from the mast base with a bronze belaying pin type gooseneck allowing organizing of the halyards and easy non fouling access to raising and lowering of the sails. With her traditional rig, and idic lines but yet very simple and easy to set up and take down sails the Sooty Tern should be a breeze to go out for a quick daysail or if time allows you can go out for a more extended cruise. The Gaff rigged sloop sailplan is remarkably easy to use and sail and the Gaff rigged mainsail can be boomed out for downwind sailing almost obviating the need for expensive hard to handle down wind headsails. With her traditional appearance but yet crisp, pure performance the Sooty Tern harkens back to a time when sailing meant personal enjoyment and intimacy with the boat and the water.

Going below there is a very small head to starboard, double berth forward and quarter berth to port extending slightly under the cockpit seats. The small galley is more than adequate for a boat of this size where food preparation is simple and basic. Good space, comfortable berths, and a warm dry cabin can make a good days sailing complete, and with the company of a couple of good friends what more could one ask for.

One feature of the Sooty Tern that has been dealt with straightforward is auxiliary power. Instead of fooling with outboard brackets on the stern or a even less desirable a compromise outboard motor/well with its drag and loss of performance, the Sooty Tern has its own 10 hp. diesel engine in a proper engine box with sound insulation and room enough to keep the engine clean and well oiled. These small diesels can be one of the best shipmates imaginable, converting dying breezes or a short sail that needs to be terminated to get back to our busy normal schedules. With the engine always at hand and the turn of a key the only move necessary to get one out of an embarrassing moment this little diesel can be an important feature in a small personal cruiser such as the Sooty Tern.

The Sooty Tern is available either as a custom built boat from Devlin Designing Boatbuilders of Olympia, Washington or as full amateur building plans for the home builder using the Stitch and Glue boatbuilding method. — Sam Devlin


Sooty Tern Specifications

Length LOD 24 ft. – 7 in.
Beam 7 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 42 in.
Power Inboard diesel 10hp
Displacement 2850 lbs.
Sail Area 328sf Gaff Rig
Hull Type Displacement
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Curlew 24

Back in 2005, a customer came down to the shop to visit. He and his wife owned one of our Nancy’s China sailboats and loved her dearly, but they were getting older and wanted something that they could cruise in more comfortably.  This was just about the same time as I was starting to branch out from the tried and true paper on drafting table design to CAD or computer assisted design.  So what I ended up with was a hand drawn boat that had quite a bit of CAD backup, but not to the extent that we would have full computer files including the presentation, lines, sketches, and accommodation drawings; all these were done by hand.  It will be a good comparison to look at these drawings and compare to the newer CAD stuff that we do today.  The computer still has a really tough time with line quality and density; all those were good tricks to the hand drafting methods that I practiced for so many years.  With a hand drawn drawing, you can literally start with one end of the line being drawn and either make it heavier on each end of the line or conversely one can start with lighter pressure at the end of the line and as the pencil moves into the middle of the line press down heavier (for a more bold and slightly wider line) and then lighten back up as you reach the end of the line being drawn.  All this points to the idea that boat design can be for many of us fine art and one needs to practice for many thousands of hours with techniques that help give depth or lend perspective to the drawing.  Another hand drawn vessel, the Camarone 34, will illustrate more in depth this idea of line quality. That design was to my recollection literally my last hand drawn drawing, and while it may seem weird, there are many times that I think one day I will frame that drawing up and hang on the wall to remind me of another time in my now fairly long career of designing and building boats.

Enjoy the little Curlew Sailboat. It’s too bad the customer bowed out for another design because this one would have made for good viewing heeling to an afternoon breeze from the shore. – Sam Devlin

The Curlew 24 is available in study plans. Contact Sam if you would like to see the concept developed.


Curlew 24 Specifications

Length 24 ft. – 10 in.
Beam 8 ft. – 1 in.
Draft 40 in.
Power Inboard diesel 10-20hp
Displacement 3692 lbs.
Hull Type Displacement
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Arctic Tern

ArcticTernShowMany designs go through several stages before they finally turn into a boat. Arctic Tern is one of those designs. The latest and final version is a logical extension of the Winter Wren. The lines are similar but the Arctic Tern’s are finer in both the entrance and exit. The sheer is strong but not overstated, with reasonable freeboard for the sea conditions she is likely to encounter. The cockpit is self-bailing and has sea lockers and lazarette for gear storage. A large bridge deck can accommodate either a small inboard auxiliary or a storage locker. Its amazing how much gear accumulates on a boat this size and the more stowage the better.

Down below there is a hanging locker and galley to starboard, settee (quarter berth) to port with full sitting headroom. Forward is a 76″ long double berth. The outline of the cabin allows seating both on the settee and double berth, and easy access to the galley. Double portlights port and starboard provide ventilation and good lighting below.

The Bermuda sloop rig offers an all inboard rig of 262 sq. ft. The rig has double reefs to reduce the generous sail plan in heavy weather. Arctic Tern is truly in the cruising size range and will make good passages from port to port in a variety of weather. The long keel and balanced helm make her a single-handers dream whether sailing alone or with crew.

The Arctic Tern is available as study or full construction plans.


Arctic Tern Specifications

Length 22 ft. – 8 in.
Beam 7 ft. – 6 in.
Draft 3 ft. – 6 in. fixed keel
Power Sail, Inboard diesel 10hp or outboard 9.9hp
Sail Area 262 sq.ft. Bermuda sloop
Hull Type Displacement
Ballast 1050 lbs.
Max Load 1500 lbs
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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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Marsh Wren

MarshWrenDaySideIt would be safe to call the Marsh Wren an evolutionary design in the Devlin catalog. She’s a refined synthesis of a long history of sailboat design in a form that is small enough for convenience and large enough for an entire family as a daysailer. In cabin form, she’s capable of longer cruises. In either form, the Marsh Wren is  a well balanced and efficient sailboat, light on the helm and easy to handle alone.

The Marsh Wren is the response to a body of customer feedback. Read about it in Sam’s design notes.

The Marsh Wren is available in study and construction plans.


Marsh Wren Specifications

Length 20 ft. – 2 in. LOD
Beam 7 ft. – 5 in.
Draft 34 in. fixed keel
Power 10hp Diesel sail drive or 6hp outboard
Sail Area 244 sq. ft. gaff sloop
Displacement 2050 lbs.
Ballast 700 lbs.
Max Load 1350 lbs.
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LichenBeauty2The goal with Lichen was to develop a smaller-sized sailboat (20 feet) able to comfortably cruise the backwaters and bays of the Northwest without excessive concern for draft. This vee-bottomed hull design is an answer to the challenge. The shallow draft can still yield a roomy comfortable interior suited for extended cruising. The Lichen features a retractable centerboard that draws 38″ down and just 17″ up, making shallow water navigation a snap. The shallow water draft combined with the medium light displacement (2500 lbs.) and moderately narrow beam, 7’8″, helps achieve another goal — trailerability.

On the water, Lichen has a very traditional look. The large barn door rudder and large open cockpit combined with her 237 sq. ft. gaff rig set the scene for outstanding versatility in a pleasing package. The mast is on a tabernacle, folding easily up or down, another plus when trailering.

Under sail Lichen is quite stable and sails well in a variety of wind and waves. It has always amazed me that these pram-bowed hulls sail as well as they do.

Interior accommodations include a large forward double berth, followed by opposing settee berth (centerline table attached to the centerboard trunk folding down to make even more bunk area.) To port is the galley, complete with ample workspace and storage, leaving the counter space uncluttered and visually pleasing. To starboard is a built-in wood stove serving as heater and dryer for wet gear. The portable head is under the companionway step. The most striking characteristic of the interior is the feeling of space and the visual freedom the large ports give you to view the beautiful scenery outside. — Sam Devlin

The Devlin Lichen is available in study and construction plans.



Lichen Specifications

Length 19 ft. – 7 in. LOD, 26 ft. – 1 in. LOA
Beam 7 ft. – 8 in.
Draft 1 ft. – 5 in. / 3 ft. – 8 in.
Displacement 2300 lbs.
Power Outboard 10hp
Sail Area 237 sq. ft. tabernacle gaff
Ballast 850 lbs.
Max Load 1400 lbs.
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Sea Swift

SeaSwiftBeautyTallThe protected waters of the Northwest offer a myriad of uses for a boat like Sea Swift. She has the stable sea-worthy qualities inherent in the dory, along with the strength-to-weight capabilities, ease of maintenance and cost effectiveness of stitch-and-glue construction.

This small, open boat is more than a fair cruising vessel. With the camping kit of the average backpacker, this cruiser can cook, eat, sleep and sail in fine fashion. In the dory tradition, she likes to sail on her ear, scary to some, exhilarating to others. Keep in mind that though initial stability is low, final stability is high, as exemplified by the use of the dory for fishing in rough waters throughout history. We have chosen the spritsail cat-ketch rig with its low center of effort to keep the heel to a minimum. When under sail she foams right along, on her ear, of course. Sea Swift was designed with these uses in mind, whether day-sailing or cruising, she is a well behaved, responsive boat.

— Sam Devlin

The Sea Swift is available in study and construction plans.




Sea Swift Specifications

Length 19 ft. – 3 in. Overall
Beam 5 ft. – 5 in.
Draft 3 ft. – 6 in. Dagger Board Down
Power Oars
Sail Area 126 sq. ft.
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