Articles and Awards

As a pioneer in wooden boat building technique and a boat builder with a distinct sense of traditional style, Sam Devlin and his boats have been the subject of many articles over the years. In fact, there have been so many that it’s actually hard to track them all down. As we find them, they’ll appear here.

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When the founder of West Marine wanted a commuter boat, he turned to Sam Devlin. The result is Sally Christine, a unique mix of tradition and performance.
By Neil Rabinowitz, September 14th, 2014
Yachtworld.com
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Moon River, designed and built by Sam Devlin, combines the classic profile of a Lake Union Dreamboat with a shallow draft, twin engine semi displacement lobster-style underbody. Sam’s signature stitch and glue construction, sheathed in epoxy, forms a lightweight monococue motoryacht, one of a diverse fleet of 400 hand-built wooden boats from treasured seven-foot dinghies to 65’ $1.5 million cruisers.
By Neil Rabinowitz, August 26th, 2014
Yachtworld.com
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When you think of stitch-and-glue construction you might think kayaks and dinghies. Well, Moon River ain’t no dink. She’s a 48-foot twin-screw motoryacht with two staterooms and all of the equipment for extended cruising.
By Chris Landry, June 13, 2013
Soundings Publications LLC
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Whether consciously or not, a wooden-boat builder taps into of nature, relying on its inherent order to guide the builder to a thing of beauty. It is, in fact, the underlying order and its reflection of the natural world that makes the boat so compelling.
By Lawrence Cheek, May 2010
Seattle Times
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The master of stitch-and-glue will build you a boat or show you how to do it yourself.
By Dieter Loibner, May 2010
Soundings Publications LLC
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Peter Poanessa, an East Coast native living 100 miles from the ocean in Keene, N.H., chose a traditional West Coast fishing design for his first boatbuilding project.
By Katlyn Conkey, April 2010
Soundings Publications LLC
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“When I started out, wood-epoxy boat construction had the worst possible reputation,” Sam Devlin explains.
By Dieter Loibner, March 2010
Soundings Publications LLC
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Watch the evolution of Peter Poanessa’s 26-foot Sam Devlin-designed Surf Scoter, Alsek.
By Katlyn Conkey, March 2010
Soundings Publications LLC
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In the new reality, people are finding that fun on the water isn’t measured in boat size or amenities.
By George Sass Sr., December 2009
Soundings Publications LLC
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14 Days Up the Inside Passage by Wooden Boat
By Mark Bunzel
Fine Edge Nautical and Recreational Publishing
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Surf Scoter 26 – A Stout Devlin Design
by Robert M. Lane
Passage Maker
June 2007
Text Only Version
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The Tailoring of a Stitch-and-Glue Boat
by Eric Sorensen
Wooden Boat
January / February 2006
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Devlin Sockeye 45
by Robert M. Lane
Passage Maker
April 2004
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By Robert M. Lane
Passage Maker
July 2001
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One Of A Kind – John D. Bosler (Sockeye 45)
by Robert M. Lane
Passage Maker
June 2001