“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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Store Update

*** Update Monday Morning ***

We seem to have the download issues ironed out. That said, there may be some minor mistakes in linking products to their respective downloads. I went through them quickly on Friday night. Please let me know if you get the wrong file for your order, and I will fix it.

I’m also aware that we are delivering insecure images alongside secure content. It’s because the images were added before we moved to our new secure server. I can assure you that it does not compromise your security; there are 6 layers of security protecting your account and transactions. But, I can understand if makes you nervous. I’ll be looking for a way to secure those images today.

***Update Friday night***

I fixed all the download links and updated all the orders to make (pretty) sure the downloads work. For those of you who ordered as guest, I sent out new emails, with updated links.

 

***Update ¬†Friday afternoon***- Ok, we figured out the download problems. It will take a few hours to fix. For those of you who had trouble downloading, I believe I have sent out plans, but if I haven’t, please let me know. I will also go back and fix the existing orders with new download links. If you ordered with an account, you can go to your account and get fresh links soon. If you ordered as a guest, I can send you a new order email with updated download links.

It came to my attention that people are trying to sign in with old store credentials. In short, they are gone with the old store. It’s an entirely new system. There is no way to incorporate them into the new store without making a mess, so please sign up for an account on the new store if you wish. That way, you can get back to your purchases any time.

 

The store is up. At long last.

The old store links will no longer work. You can reach the new store through the main menu link on the site.

The designs in the catalog with plans are linked directly to the correct products.

You can also find products through the main site search as well as the store search. I may separate the site and store searches. Site search returns a lot of results.

Plans are grouped by boat design. There are three types of products right now. Downloadable study plans, downloadable construction plans, and printed construction plans. The downloads are in zip files that contain pdf files. You can read pdf files on anything, or easily have them printed. Printed files are the plans we print for you and ship.

Everything is linked back to the catalog entry for that boat. You’ll find the return links in the product description.

– Jim

 

 

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Happy New Year Site Update

Hi Folks,

We just finished moving devlinboat.com to new hosting company to fix some ongoing problems, to improve performance, and to update the store to something a lot less creaky. It was not the smoothest site move I’ve ever done, if I’m being honest. What this means is that we lost some site activity in the process. If you signed up or made a comment recently, it probably got lost in the shuffle. Please feel free to repost anything. The good news is that we’re now on a much more solid foundation and what we do from now on will work. The site came up just a few minutes ago. I see that the new store is not up yet, so I’ll be working on that until it’s right.

I appreciate your patience through all of the changes. Feel free to contact me with any site issues. More information always helps.

Thanks,

Jim

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Site Update #3

Ok, we’ve worked far too long to solve some relatively basic problems on our host, so we are moving the entire site to a company that understands our technology stack. What this means is that devlinboat.com will disappear for a couple of days, give or take, depending on where you are in the world. When it comes back up, the features we have not been able to deploy will come with it. We apologize for the hassle and inconvenience in recent weeks. – Jim

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Site Update Again

Hi folks. Yes, we are aware of the issues with site and store access. The plan is to replace the store with a more modern set of technology. You will be able to use the store with phones and other devices. It may require a change of hosts. We are looking at the options to make the store as seamless as possible. At the moment, the store is using a different security key, which is a hosting change in policy. If you can’t access the store, try deleting the cookies associated with devlinboat.com. Click on the “i” icon next to the address bar, or use the main menu to delete all cookies. The bottom line is that current cookies use the old SSL certificate, and we have been forced to use a new one. In the near future, we will do the whole shuffle over again, but once we do it, the store will work the same for the foreseeable future.

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Security Error

Update 11/6: The site and the store are working with security in place. If you get a “Too many redirects” error, please clear out your cookies on your web browser. You can delete just the devlinboat.com cookies from the little info button next to your address bar. Or, you can delete ALL your cookies from the options menu for your browser. I tend to delete all my cookies fairly often just to keep advertisers from tracking me for months.

 

My apologies for those of you encountering a security error on the store. We got caught by a change in policy from our hosting service involving security certificates and how they are implemented on their system. The fix is underway and the host has assured me it will take less than 24 hours to straighten it out.

 

 

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Site News – August

Hi folks! Two major changes have been happening on devlinboat.com.

The first is Sam’s Sketchbook. You can find the link in top left corner of the site. This is the place to dip a toe in the endless stream of design work that happens behind the scenes. It’s easy to look at a Devlin Boat and see a lovely boat. It’s another thing to look at the same boat and see all the human handiwork and craftsmanship that go into the build of that specific boat. Even harder is to get a sense of the design process that lies at heart of a boat that eventually drives so many adventures and experiences. Sam’s Sketchbook will help us all look behind his artistic curtain get a sense of what it takes to start with an idea and turn that into a vessel for you particular nautical dreams.

And second, I am very close to launching the new Devlin web store. I had to travel to Tennessee for some family issues, which has put a kink in the rollout. (Turns out my dad hasn’t even heard of the internet, much less connected himself to it, no matter what his wife has to say on the matter..) On the other hand, we’ve built a store that works on modern standards, which means you will recognize the payment system, you can shop it on your phone or other devices, and we can manage it quickly and efficiently behind the scenes. For you, that means that we will be able to add sales, coupons, and other promotions, so be sure to keep an eye out for the deals!

Jim

 

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Site Update – April 1st Without the Fools

Hi folks,

I just wanted to point out the secondary menu at the very top of the site. The green bar breaks down the Devlin design catalog into a more use-oriented set of designs. Hopefully, it will help you to drill down to the design that works for you. If you can think of a breakdown we are missing, please let us know.

Meantime, the Login/Logout has appeared on the same menu, and a search button has been added to the main menu. Please register, login, and join the discussion about anything you see on the site. We put a few security measures in place to keep the bots from taking over the site, which means that you have to put in the picture text when you login. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it’s a necessity in the modern web. I pay attention to all of it, and much more importantly, Sam does too. You can help us by telling us what matters to you. And finally, we have sharing buttons on every post on the site. Help us out by sharing anything you believe is worth sharing. Sam is a very responsive business leader, and your voice matters in how he works. And as always, every Devlin boat has a story. Telling those stories is one of my favorite things to do. Send me your photos and stories, and I’ll make sure they show up on the site.

Thanks!

Jim

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Site Update March 2016

So, in a long awaited milestone, the Devlin site now encompasses the entire Devlin Design catalog. Well, the entire design catalog that I know about anyway. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Sam has a baker’s dozen more designs tucked into a folder somewhere. In any case, it is with profound satisfaction that I point out the completion of the biggest chunk of the data on this site. I’d like to offer a few tips on how to zero in on the boats you want and explain the next steps for the revamping of Devlin’s online presence.

First off, search is your friend. If you know the model of the design, search will pin it down in one step. If not, every design is tagged with good descriptors. Try searching for “outboard” or “fishing” for example. That said, nothing is perfect, and if I missed an obvious tag for a particular boat, please let me know.

Second, we have some top level links to take you to lists of boats in basic categories of how they are powered. We also have availability lists for plans and kits. I am aware that these can yield very long lists, which is fun in a “browsing through boats” way, but We have plans to subdivide into more specific categories groupings and lists, so that you can easily find boats that work for your ideas of how you want to use a boat.

If you care to sign up and log in, you can comment on anything on the site. I ask that you keep those comments topical and clean. The first comment you post will need to be allowed by me. After that, your posts will appear immediately. We do reserve the right to revoke your permission to post for any reason, but if you are not posting all the usual “bad things” of the modern internet, you have nothing to worry about. If you find yourself removed from the site for no apparent reason, feel free to contact me to make your case. Odds are that it happened because you a) looked like a spammy Russian, or b) I did something stupid.

As many of you have noted, the current store is completely useless on a smartphone. To fix this problem, I am planning to rebuild the entire store on a platform that is completely responsive to tablets and smartphones. In fact, that is the very next step on my list. The store as it exists must die!

Sam has produced an enormous amount of work in the past 4 decades. You can see that easily here. The logical outcome is that there are probably about 10 bazillion errors on the site. I am happy to fix anything you find. On the other hand, anything Sam finds will get fixed first, and he is picky, picky.

That same 40 years of work has produced over 76000 photos. I am not claiming that I rooted out all of the photos that apply to any given boat, or even the best, so if you want your boat to stand as an example of a particular design, I am happy to oblige. I need some info, anything you think is relevant, and some photos with enough resolution to post. The old site had many tiny images. I like big images. Maybe because I’m getting old, and I have bifocals. The new site is standardized on 1200 pixels of resolution. Anything at that size or bigger is perfectly fine. If you don’t know, right-click on your image and select properties/details.

And finally, one of the most compelling things about Devlin’s work is the stories that seem to sprout without any deliberation. We are starting a customer showcase that allows you to share your stories, and I hope that you will choose to do so. Devlin boats allow people to step outside the normal bounds of life into grand adventures, family togetherness, a handing down of tradition, or just good old fashioned adventure. Please feel free to share. If you are not comfortable with the technology, please email me for help or to translate for you. I’m happy to help.

 

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