Bella – Bella 10 Rowing Skiff

The Bella 10 could be considered the complete distillation of Sam Devlin’s design aesthetic. It’s small, rugged, efficient, and can serve multiple roles. As a recreation rower, it leans toward efficient transfer of human power, as a tender it makes life easier for your larger boat. As a way to get outside of daily concerns, it rewards you as an inexpensive way to get on the water. As a building project, it doesn’t get much easier.

The Bella 10, formerly known as the 5×10 skiff, is probably the easiest way to get started in boatbuilding in the entire Devlin catalog, if not the entire world.  Originally designed to teach the Stitch and Glue boatbuilding technique, the Bella is an easy building, elegant design that comes together in a fast rowing, lightweight skiff. She’s a great family project. At 52 pounds, she is easy to handle and launch. She will fit easily into a small pickup truck bed; no special requirements to transport or store the Bella 10. Finally, she is our least expensive kit. Building your own boat doesn’t get any easier.

Here’s a way to skip ahead, straight to the reward part of the process in a ready to go version of the Bella 10. This one is ready to carry on your car to the nearest water and to start exploring the world of  destination awaiting you. The asking price is $3490, which is a bargain against the time of building it for yourself.. Contact Sam for more information or to arrange a showing.

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Candlefish 13 – 2014

The Candlefish 13 is a versatile small fishing boat. Originally designed to be a cartoppable fishing skiff for high latitude rivers and lakes, she has also proven to be an excellent yacht tender.

With one person aboard, she only draws about 4.5 inches. On an ultimate hunting trip, loaded with gear, she could carry 1323 pounds, draw 10.5 inches  and still have over 13 inches of freeboard at the lowest point of the sheer.

Under normal loading, she planes at 20+mph with an 8hp outboard. Sam recently built one of these as a tender for his beloved Josephine, and reports that he loves it.

Overall, the Candlefish is the ultimate in small, simple boats with serious ruggedness in any environment.

For the full story, read Sam’s design notes on the Candlefish 13.

This Candlefish was built by the crack team at Devlin Boats in 2014. This is a boat that with minimum upkeep will last for generations. The asking price is $14,500, complete with 20hp Yamaha outboard and galvanized trailer. Contact Sam for more information or to arrange a showing.

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Duckling 14 Rower

Duckling14PassengerDesigned for one of my Sockeye 45 hulls owned by Henry and Holly Wendt of Friday Harbor, WA, the idea was for a proper rowing boat that could be carried on the aft house-top of the Widgeon (their aforementioned Sockeye 45). It was designed and built to receive a Piantedose sliding seat unit and with proper sweeps could provide the two of them exercise and joy while cruising the larger boat. We built her just in time for the launching of the Widgeon and she has lived happily on deck for the past several years.

She can carry the weight of a passenger lounging in the stern sheets and rows well either solo or with crew. I gave her a rather shapely hull 6 panels of plywood and it amazes me how nice a looking boat can be built with such a few number of parts. Later when I worked up the plans for home building, I was working on the design one fine Spring day with a nice breeze setting in and in a moment of inspiration, designed a neat sailing rig that could be fitted to her also with a daggerboard and sprit sail setting on a stayless mast. All the gear could be stowed in the hull and with just a few minutes of set up time, one could take advantage of those days much like the one that I experienced while working on the plans.

– Sam Devlin

The Devlin Duckling 14 Rower is available in study and construction plans.

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Duckling 14 Rower Specifications

Length 14 ft. – 4.5 in.
Beam 3 ft. – 5 in.
Draft 5 in.
Power Oars
Displacement 268 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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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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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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Micro Petrel

Micro Petrel CartopThe Micro Petrel is a great 8′ yacht tender. As the name implies, it is the little sister to the Lit’l Petrel. She is the design response to the need for a small, rugged, lightweight yacht tender, but she can be used in any situation that needs a small boat with the ability to carry a variety of loads while maintaining its balance and performance. She is another Devlin easy-to-build option, in terms of both space and cost. Her size makes her easy to handle, store, and transport. She makes a great cartopper.

Read the story of the Micro Petrel in Sam’s design notes.

Julian Swindell sent us a great set of build photos.

The Micro Petrel is available in study and full construction plans and as CNC cut kit.

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Micro Petrel Specifications

Length 7 ft. – 11.5 in.
Beam 4 ft. – 2.25 in.
Draft 4.5 in.
Useful Load 270 lbs.
Dry Weight Hull 57 lbs.
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