Brand New Design and Look!! – the Surf Scoter 23 – at the Seattle Boat Show

January 26th through February 3rd at the Century Link Event Center – Word Boat – Booth N134

Now Available – Construction Plans for the Outboard Motor Version of our Venerable Surf Scoter 26 Design

Downloadable version of these plans at 40% off


Older News

November 2017 Passagemaker Articles - Here’s a link to this wonderful article featuring Devlin Boat’s latest build, the Kingfisher 33, and on Sam’s lifelong quest to design the perfect boat. Share This:
The ‘Tiny House’ Concept Takes To The Water - Sam has been paying close attention to the current fascination with tiny homes.  He even made preliminary sketches for Devlin marine plywood and epoxy small footprint dwellings.  The next thing we all knew he had created an easily towable tiny home on the water and wonderful travel trailer on the road he chose to name the MugWump 21.  Check out this little gem in the ... Read more
Construction Overview - Sam prepared a construction overview presentation for one of his larger boats, It's more elaborate than some of the smaller builds for obvious reasons, but it will give you a good idea of how the Devlin building process works.
Adeline float Pelicano 20 Incoming - The popular Pelicano 20 is coming! It's available as study plans right now. The original Pelicano 20 is for sale in our Pre-Loved section, and full construction plans and a CNC-cut kit are coming on June 16th. Update: And, as of noon today, June 1, there is a brand new review in Small Boats Monthly magazine. Click through for links...
Sam’s Sockeye 62 Article in Soundings - Sam's latest Sketchbook article for Soundings Magazine has just appeared on shelves. Check out his latest thought on the Sockeye 62, a luxurious long range cruiser in classic trawler design. Read more for links...

Feature Article

Chip Hanauer on the Flipside of Boating - Legendary unlimited hydroplane racer, Chip Hanauer takes to the water in his Devlin Candlefish 16, 'Stanley'. In words, pictures, and video.

Featured Design

Candlefish 16 - The Candlefish 16 is a burdensome fishing skiff. Deep and seaworthy, it is wonderfully suited to life in our changeable weather and strong tides.

Getting Started

Polliwog - The Polliwog is a great entry into wooden boat building! 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.


Pelicano Custom

This is where we encompass nearly forty years of focused development on a wide range of designs and the boating experiences they deliver, a uniquely evolved set of techniques to ensure a high quality, enduring vessel, and a sense of classic nautical design that manages to anchor in tradition while bringing the best of modern technology into your next boat.

The site represents the three basic ways you can have a Devlin boat of your own.

SternviewSS26First, Sam and his team of top-notch craftsmen can design and build the boat of your dreams. Literally. Dream it up, and they can deliver it in every detail.

Second, you can build it yourself. You can start with our precision CNC-cut hull kits and build out from there. For the adventurous woodsmith, we have plans available to guide you through a build you can truly call your own.

And third, Devlin boats last a very long time, and life is full of changes. We typically have a selection of “Pre-loved” Devlin boats available for purchase here on the site. And for anything in between, please notice that Sam keeps his contact information on every page of this site. He is as hands-on and available as that implies.

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Those of you who have been here before probably understand how big the challenge has become, telling the story of Sam Devlin, one of the most prolific boat designers in the world, while distilling his huge body of work – 472 boats of great design variety, located all over the world, and a much debated number of designs in the catalog – into something understandable and accessible. As it stands, that job is only partially done.

A great deal of collecting, organizing, and learning has gone into this new version of the site, and the effort will continue until it reflects the depth and breadth of Sam’s work. The trick, of course, is to do that while keeping everything tidy. To that end, we ask you, current Devlin Boat owners and followers of the site, to give us your feedback along the way. In addition, we know that every Devlin boat has a story to tell. Please send in your feedback, boat photos along with your stories to

Also, we invite you to register on the site and join the Devlin family discussion as we all find our way into the best of boating experiences on a Devlin designed boat.