Devlin Design Catalog

This is it! The whole enchilada. A four decade epic of artful boat design. Prepare to spend some time here. This list is for your meandering exploration of the work of Sam Devlin. New boats will be added until this is complete.

Amak 26 Tugboat

The Amak Tugboats are a series of concept designs, born of a lifelong love of the tugboat form, and they are just waiting for an excuse to be developed. They range in size from 26 to 44 feet. If a tugboat calls to you, there's an Amak to do the job.

Amak 32

The Amak Tugboats are a series of concept designs, born of a lifelong love of the tugboat form, and they are just waiting for an excuse to be developed. They range in size from 26 to 44 feet. If a tugboat calls to you, there's an Amak to do the job.

Amak 38

The Amak Tugboats are a series of concept designs, born of a lifelong love of the tugboat form, and they are just waiting for an excuse to be developed. They range in size from 26 to 44 feet. If a tugboat calls to you, there's an Amak to do the job.

Amak 44

The Amak Tugboats are a series of concept designs, born of a lifelong love of the tugboat form, and they are just waiting for an excuse to be developed. They range in size from 26 to 44 feet. If a tugboat calls to you, there's an Amak to do the job.

Archimedes 22

You want your boating with an even more broad blending of classic and high tech? Want to explore power systems from 3 centuries? Check out the Archimedes 22!

Arctic Tern 23

The Arctic Tern is a seaworthy and versatile cruising sailboat with enough cabin space to make the trip worthwhile.

Bay Skipper 18

The Bay Skipper is an interesting design. It converts from a two person paddler to a sliding seat rower in minutes.

Bella 10 Skiff

Originally designed to teach boatbuilding technique, the Devlin Bella 10 is an easy building, elegant design that comes together in a fast rowing, lightweight skiff.

Bella 12

The Devlin 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.

Bella 16

The Bella 16 is the largest in the Bella series, designed to build easily to row well with a load, and to look good while doing it.

Black Brant III 15

If you need a duckboat to operate in shallower water, are traveling quite a distance from launch-ramp to the hunting area, and a couple of inches more of sitting blind height doesn't hurt, then by all means choose the Devlin Black Brant III 15.

Black Crown 27 for Sale!

When Sam designed and built this Black Crown 27 the purpose was to create a perfect small cruising boat for a couple. Currently she is located on the Chesapeake. When conceived she needed to be perfect for cruising the Northwest. Her sturdy build works well on both the East and West coasts and she just became available! Click on the photo above to learn more.

Black Crown 30

The Black Crown 30 is the latest in a long line of high quality power cruisers. Conceived for speedy or leisurely travel in comfort. Designed with the classic Devlin style. The best of the past built for the future.

Blue Blazer 25

The Blue Blazer was a design wrestling match for Sam. I recommend that you check out his design notes. I’ll let him describe the happy result below. — Jim   Starting at the stern is a teak swim platform to help board the boat from a harbor taxi and just...

Blue Fin 48

The Blue Fin 48 is an exception to the idea of stuffing as much into a boat as possible. She is intended for allowing a couple or a few friends to really stretch out on an efficient long range power cruiser.

Blue Fin 54

he Blue Fin 54 is an even more spacious version of the Blue Fin 48. Her hallmark is efficiency and smooth, easy running, proven out in practice by a customer built boat. She will take you as far as you want to go in comfort and style.

Bluebill 13

The Bluebill is a sneakbox style duckboat designed for a 20hp outboard, with a few key innovative features for better performance and utility.

Broadbill 11

The "Broadbill" is intended for the solo hunter, being small enough and light enough to fit into the back of a pickup or you might even consider cartopping.

Bullfrog 20

The Bullfrog 20 is a compact, outboard powered fishing boat with a high volume hull and the ability for some extended cruising.

Cackler 14

The Devlin Cackler is a new generation hunting skiff designed for hunting in areas where seaworthiness is essential and at a time of year when great distances may need to be covered in a hurry to avoid cold nasty weather.

Devlin Cackler 14 DIY hunting skiff

Camarone 34

The Camarone 34 is a motorsailer for extended cruising and spacious accommodations, designed to operate equally well under sail and diesel power.

Camarone 40 – The Perfect Motorsailer!

Sam's newest Passagemaker Magazine article (September Issue) describes the fan-tailed ocean capable motorsailer - Camarone 40. Read more about the design clients' ambitious goals and how this 40 foot boat will be their home base once built for the next several years.

Candlefish 13

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.

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.

Candlefish 18

The Candlefish 18 is an open design based on the proven Pelicano 18 hull with a variety of features to make her a rugged and highly usable boat.

Chinook 21

The Chinook is wonderful little cruiser, inboard diesel powered and trailerable, with several cabin configurations.

Devlin Chinook 21 cruise diy boat plan

Curlew 20

The Curlew 20 is an open design fishing powerboat that can be tailored easily to your specific needs.

Curlew 24

The Curlew 24 is one of Sam's last hand drawn concept designs, squarely aimed at the goals of comfortable and stable cruising.

Czarinna 30

The Czarinna 30 is a leisurely cruiser that leans in favor of cabin space and economical range. She displays graceful lines from a golden era of yachting and carries you where you want to go with plenty of room to stretch out, stay warm, and enjoy the ride.

Czarinna 35

The Czarinna 35 shifts the balance in favor of cabin space, comfort, and livability in a graceful long range cruising yacht. A traditional expression of nautical grace with the cruising range to enjoy your travels.

Czarinna 43

The Czarinna 43 is a long range, economical cruiser, carefully planned for comfort to bring the family along for the adventure.

Devlin 37 Full-displacement Cruiser for Two!

Sam’s most recent article in Passagemaker Magazine features the Devlin 37. Usually he designs for a customer with a list of requirements. What if he did a design just for himself? The result of doing just that is a 37 foot long full-displacement, fuel-sipping, diesel cruiser with a fantail stern. Click on this box to read more and get links to the article and study plans.

Dipper 17

The Dipper 17 was designed for the fisherman and pleasure cruiser that wants to get in and out of the weather and for the diehards that want to be out no matter what the weather.

Dipper 19

Originally designed to fit in a 20' shipping container, the Dipper 19 is roomy inside, making for a comfortable, economical cruiser.

Drifter 15

The Devlin Drifter 15 is a rugged, easy build design for a classic drift boat, waiting for your fishing adventures.

Duck Boats are Also Fishing Boats?

Many of our small boat designs were originally done for the Duck Hunting market but these are very capable boats and have much versatility in crossover applications like fishing, exploring, or skiffs.

Duckling 14 Sail

If you want the clean design of the Duckling 14, but you prefer to have the wind do all the work. A sleek sailboat in a compact package.

Duckling 17

Sleek lines and a beautiful sheer make the Devlin Duckling 17 a delight to row and own. She is light and responsive and easily handled, providing great exercise for the single oarsman.

Devlin Duckling 17 rower featured image

Dunlin 22 Cruiser

The Dunlin 22 has the soul of a workboat and the comfort of a classic Devlin design. Cruise the waters or tow something inordinately large, in one of two configurations.

Dunlin 22 Pilothouse

The Dunlin 22 has the soul of a workboat and the comfort of a classic Devlin design. Cruise the waters or tow something inordinately large, in one of two configurations.

Dynamo Too 38

The Dynamo Too is a concept design from Sam Devlin that hides a luxurious cruiser in the clothes of a traditional working boat. Plus you can catch a whole lot of fish!

Dynamo Too 45

Dynamo Too 45 study plans include 4 pages showing both a motorsailer and powerboat version of this ocean going cruiser, inspired by the designs of the late Bill Garden.

Egret 15

The first Devlin design, the Egret is a proven 15' 3" open sail-and-oar adventurer. Easily singlehanded, she is stiff, stable, and comfortable in a breeze.

Eider 17

The Devlin Eider is a wonderful 17' 3" cabin sailboat. It is a great step up in size and function from the 15' Nancy's China, yet is still compact and trailerable.

Electric Philosophy 40 Study Plans Are Now Available!

Ed and Eileen Pauley had a dream. In the words of Eileen  “Every boat has a mission. And you need to pick the right boat for how you want to travel. And for us, if we’re going to live on it, it’s going to do what we want it to do and be comfortable.” And as Ed points out regarding the propulsion system, “What do we have to do to start? No warm up…We just go.” Study plans are now available for the Electric Philosophy 40 catamaran cruiser!

Electric Philosophy in Soundings Magazine 2024!

When we completed the build of Ed and Eileen Pauley's perfect all electric boat we could only dream of what awaited her in her travels. Now the Pauley's have been to Alaska and back on just the solar power provided by their roof panels. Journey through the build and travels with them in the February 2024 issue of Soundings Magazine. Click on the photo above for the link to the Soundings Magazine article..

Fairhaven Flyer 20

The Devlin Fairhaven Flyer 20 is an expedition rowing dory, designed for multiple approaches to adventure in human powered form.

Devlin Fairhaven Flyer 20, a DYI easily built dory featured image

Gannet 25

The Gannet 25 is a twin outboard speedster for blasting around the waterways or settling in for a long day of cruising with friends.

Devlin Gannet 25 power cruiser featured img

Godzilla 22

If you have ever thought that you want your very own tugboat, one made with rugged Devlin technology, the Godzilla 22 is where the fun - and the work - begins.

Godzilla 25

The Godzilla 25 is still a mini-tug, but it's a bigger mini tug, if that makes any kind of sense. More power, more space, and more comfort in case you want to do more than just tug things.

Godzilli 16

The Devlin Godzilli 16 is a small workboat with undeniable charm and character, like a Yorkie that thinks he's a Rottweiler.

Gollywobbler 38

The Golly Wobbler 38 is a big boat, big enough to offer most of the comforts of home in a boat that will get up and go when you need to cover some ground. Enjoy the voyage.

Gollywobbler 43

A boat that can easily handle two couples cruising with comfort (built-in berths), a cruising speed of 18 knots and fuel consumption of about 10 gallons per hour, make the Golly Wobbler 43 a fine platform for your West or East Coast wanderings.

Guppy 9

The Guppy is a fine candidate for the all around dingy/skiff/small sailboat, without vice, she does her job efficiently and smoothly.

Honker 18

The Honker is a lightweight, shallow draft vessel that, with a 60 horse outboard, can race along at 30 knots or idle for hours while trolling for salmon or bottom fish.

Honker H.B. 20 – New Design!

The Honker House Boat 20 is a crossbreed! She has a Millie Hill 20 shanty boat interior placed into Honker 18 utility pram hull that has been lengthened and widened. The best of both worlds! She allows us to get on the water in a towable small boat with the interior of a much larger boat. Downloadable study plans are now available.

Hope of Glory 38

The Hope Of Glory is another of our fantailed stern hulls with a lovely balance to her lines and a ketch rig for proper and easy sail handling by a short-handed crew.

Island Time 33

The Island Time 33 is Sam's newest design. A shallow draft outboard cruiser for two that Sam introduces in the current issue of PassageMaker Magazine. Available as study plans.

Josephine 40

Born of a man's love affair with an antique boat, the Josephine 40 is a modern adaptation in many configurations. All the charm with the ease, convenience, and low upkeep of a modern boat.

Josephine 47

The Josephine 47 expands the idea of a relaxed cruiser with the space for some friends, the privacy to stay friends, all in a rugged, seaworthy vessel with very long legs.

Kestrel 26

The Kestrel 26 is a concept design exploring the evolution of the Arctic Tern sailboat. If you need a bigger Arctic Tern, please contact us.

Kingfisher 26

The Kingfisher 26 is smallest of Devlin's series of double-ended workboat style cruisers. She'll take 3 passengers just about anywhere.

Kingfisher 28

The Kingfisher series of study plans welcomes a new member into the under 30 foot diesel cruiser category.

Kingfisher 30

The Kingfisher 30 is a working boat, the design driven by the needs of actual working fishermen. Given that mandate, Sam has conjured up a fair amount of comfort in a vessel that will see terrible weather and sea conditions.

Kingfisher 32 Cruiser

The Kingfisher 32 Cruiser is a livable, long range cruiser, built and styled along the lines of a traditional Northwest salmon fishing boat. A boat built for adventure.

Kingfisher 32 Troller

The Kingfisher 32 Troller is the more work-oriented version of the Kingfisher. Shorter cabin, longer working deck, and a bundle of innovations to make this a boat worth owning.

Kingfisher 33

The Kingfisher 33 is a diesel powered inboard cruising boat with a large cockpit for fishing or hobnobbing with fellow boaters when you're out and about in the Pacific Northwest waters. 

Kingfisher 36

The Kingfisher 36 takes the balanced formula of the smaller Kingfishers and adds more space and range to make for a really great cruising platform.

Kokanee 36

The Kokanee 36 is a concept design aimed at true functionality as a working fishing boat under sail. It's both an homage to the fishing vessels of history, and the modern touches that make it a reliable and comfortable vessel.

Devlin Kokanee 36 diy boat plans featured img

Kokanee 38

The Kokanee 38 is a great power cruiser yacht powered by a reliable John Deere diesel. She provides a safe and comfortable platform for all your boating adventures.

Kokanee 43

The Devlin Kokanee 43 is a modern take on the classic halibut schooner. A cruiser with double cabin flexibility, she's smooth, seaworthy, and comfortable for the long haul.

Devlin Kokanee 43 diy boat plan featured image

Krista-x Rower 24 Build Kits are Available Now!

CNC cut build kits for the Krista-x Rower 24 are available now. Click on the photo above to find links to this couple's build of the rower and then photo journal of their row from Vancouver to Prince Rupert, British Columbia using the inside passage.

Lichen 20

The Lichen is a 20 ft. traditional sailboat with a leaning toward shallow draft and maximized interior space.

Lingcod 24

The Lingcod 24 is the perfect base for everything from a working utility skiff to a small houseboat.

Lingcod 27

The Lingcod 27 is a perfect base for everything from a working utility skiff to a small houseboat.

Lit’l Coot 18 Bilge Keel

The Lit’l Coot is a wonderful little pocket cruiser, ideally suited to the waters of Puget Sound or the inside passage. She is trailerable on a small powerboat style trailer, and compact enough to store in the average residential garage. The bilge keels allow her...

Lit’l Petrel 9

The 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.

Little Cod 21

The Little Cod 21 is a larger version of the Cackler design, and offers a stable, high volume base for a variety of boat styles.

Mallard 13

The venerable Devlin Mallard is a proven sneakbox style boat that can take a 15hp outboard, but also excels at rowing.

Marsh Wren 20

The Marsh Wren is a larger refinement of the Nancy's China, a 20' (LOD) sailboat with both open cockpit daysailer and cabin versions.

Means of Grace 28

The Means of Grace 28 is an older Devlin design that nonetheless leads to an excellent sailing cruiser. It has a stable and high performance hull and the room onboard to stretch out and enjoy the journey.

Micro Petrel 8

The Micro Petrel is a great 8' yacht tender. She is the design response to the need for a small, rugged, lightweight yacht tender.

Millie Hill 20

The Millie Hill 20 is the clever marriage of tiny house and houseboat. It's an ideal solution to an economical getaway on the water.

Millie Hill 28

The Millie Hill 28 is a houseboat, a shanty boat. It's designed to maximize living space like a stationary houseboat, but with the addition of an outboard motor, it is fully capable of moving from place to place. To be fair though, the cool boat kids would just go ahead and build a matching tug to tow her around and impress the ladies.

Moon River 48

The Moon River is another Devlin masterpiece. She's a spacious day cruiser with high end appointments and the power to cover the water at a rapid rate without sacrificing tight maneuvering finesse for ease of handling.

Mud Dauber 23

Part workboat, part heavy hauler, part landing craft, and a side order of hunting and fishing, the Devlin Mud Dauber may be one of the most amazing utilitarian boats in the whole catalog.

Mud Daubler 22 H.B. – What’s This?

Recently Sam offered study plans for the Honker H.B. 20 - a houseboat placed into an extended and widened Honker. The study plans sales response was amazing. Could we go one better? Introducing the Mud Dauber 22 H.B. based on the Mud Dauber 23 design. The parallel sides of the hull give more of a houseboat feel and the beach landing gear in the bow make her useable for extended beach cruising with all the luxuries of a tiny home on the water!  The Mud Dauber 22 H.B. offers a full-time queen-size berth, enclosed head, galley, dinette for two, wardrobe closet, settee - a true big sister to the wonderful Honker H.B. 20.

Mud Peep 12

Grace and motion says it all when describing the Mud Peep 12 under sail. She is a light, responsive, and fast enough for good transportation.

Devlin Mud Peep 12, DIY duck hunting skiff

Nancy’s China 15

Devlin's Nancy's China is easy to handle, easy to set up from trailer, and an enjoyable sailboat that was an instant success for Devlin Designing Boatbuilders.

Noddy 16

The Devlin Noddy 16 is a simple, versatile cabin fishing boat designed especially for use on the Puget Sound.

North Haven 24

The North Haven 24 shines at weekend cruising, and the huge, completely open cockpit is ideal for a flexible arrangement of folding deck chairs, a kayak or two, and/or a couple of four-legged friends. With a deep underbody and full-length spray rail, she’ll be a dry runner, and you won’t find many days when you have to throttle her back in rising seas.

Oarling II 17

Sleek lines and a beautiful sheer make the Oarling a delight to row and own. She is light, responsive and easily maneuvered, providing great transportation for the single oarsman or with passengers and cargo.

Onyx 28

The Onyx 28 is a capable sailing vessel for longer cruises and variable conditions. She incorporates a simpler overall design with a more elaborate hull form and the kind of interior cabin that will take you on new journeys in comfort.

Oolichan 13

Oolichan 13 is the Northwest Native American name for the Candlefish. Check out this new variation of the Candlefish 13 aimed at a wider, faster, more stable platform for fishing. Study plans and Construction plans available!

Oso Blanco 54

A 54 foot dreamboat motorsailor for traveling the world's oceans, rivers, and canals. A captain's suite aft, a generous bridgedeck with galley and ample seating midships, and a forward crew's quarters. Inspired by a trip to the coasts of Greenland, Sam has designed Oso Blanco as his dream vessel to get him through the Northwest Passage and back to the beautiful shores of Greenland.

Oysta 28

Sam has always loved this style boat.  In fact his love of the double ended Norwegian fishing troller resulted in his Oysta 28 motorsailor cruiser.  We hoped it would lead to full construction plans someday, but for now that’s on hold.

Oysta 30

This lovely boat was built here at the shop many years ago.  It found a wonderful life in British Columbia for many years with a documentary film maker and his family.  Sadly, one day while it sat at its mooring buoy, someone boarded and robbed all her valuables...

Devlin Oysta 30 Motorsailor

Oysta 42

The Oysta 42 is a true 50/50 motorsailer capable of motoring through any sea condition; with the sail-assist it's capable of doubling its useful cruising range.

Oysta 52

The Oysta 52 is the second largest of the Oysta lineup to date, a trawler style long distance cruiser capable of taking the entire Brady Bunch comfortably into the far corners of the world.

Oysta 62

The Ultimate Oysta, the big'un, the Oysta 62 is an aft-pilothouse dream cruiser for long duration adventures into almost any conditions in total comfort. Being a true 50/50 motorsailor, she's also capable of remarkable economy for such a big girl - not to mention reenacting battles from the age of sail with your friends or hosting an entire family reunion above the Arctic Circle...

Pamlico 32

The Pamlico 32 is a lean, shallow water cruiser filled with carefully considered livability and numerous design features.

Peeper 12

Grace and motion says it all when describing the Devlin Peeper. She is a pleasure to row, light, responsive, and fast enough for good transportation.

Devlin Peeper 12, DYI classic rower

Pelicano 18 Bassboat

The Devlin Pelicano Bassboat is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to maximize "livability" in a 18'-4" speedboat.

Pelicano 20

The Pelicano 20 is a longer version of the Pelicano18. It add some cabin livability without sacrificing any of the easy trailerability or the garage storage option of the 18 footer.

Pelicano 23 Bassboat

The Pelicano 23 Bassboat features good seating in the cockpit and a cabin for sleeping overnight and staying comfortable on longer trips. It's a unique combination of real world durability mixed with the classic Devlin style.

Pelicano 23 Center Console

The Pelicano 23 Center Console version features a totally open cockpit, with open space for wrestling those big fish and hauling bulky gear.

Pelicano 23 Shrimper

The Pelicano 23 Shrimper features a covered helm area and large cockpit for fishing fun! It's a unique combination of real world durability mixed with the classic Devlin style.

Peregrine 36

The Peregrine 36 is a Devlin concept design for a long range sailing yacht with the long, low lines of crisp sailing performance and long term comfort for your adventures in northern waters.

Poleboat 13

The Devlin Poleboat 13 is a modern take on a traditional marsh hunting boat. A simpler boat from a simpler time...

Polliwog 8

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.

Pond Skipper 14

A small and easily launched kayak that combines Devlin's rugged stitch and glue construction with an efficient paddle explorer.

Sam Devlin's Pond Skipper 14

Pyladian 31

The Pyladian 31 is a luxury performance cruiser from Devlin Boats. Her 300hp diesel and relatively shallow draft allow you to travel far and fast. Her interior appointments and high level of finish take you there in comfort.

Red Salmon 33

The Red Salmon is a high performance cabin cruiser with solid fishing leanings. In addition to disappearing in a hurry on twin 300hp outboards, she features the Mercury joystick maneuvering system for incredible ease of docking and handling. Hang on!

River Crawler 22

The River Crawler is a concept design that combines a shallow draft with a proper cruising cabin. Perhaps it can explore a river near you.

Rover 29 Cruiser

The Rover 29 is a diesel powered, double ended, full displacement sturdy and seaworthy cruiser inspired by the little fishing trollers of Norway. The cruiser design sports a full girth saloon and forward pilothouse and a generous well appointed interior

Rover 29 Halibut

The Rover 29 is a diesel powered, double ended, full displacement sturdy and seaworthy cruiser inspired by the little fishing trollers of Norway. The Halibut design boasts a pilothouse with a cockpit in front and a separate cabin forward

Rover 29 Troller

The Rover 29 is a diesel powered, double ended, full displacement sturdy and seaworthy cruiser inspired by the little fishing trollers of Norway. The troller design is for the fisherman and minimalist boater

Sanddab 6

This lightweight 6 and 1/2 foot dinghy answers a boatowner's request for the most compact 2 person rowing ship to shore boat possible - now available in both study and construction plans.

Sandpiper 8

This 8 foot rowing and sailing dingy was designed as a day sailer and yacht tender. The ease of handling, large carrying capacity, and its versatility for rowing and sailing are accentuated by the fact that Sandpiper weighs only 63 pounds.

Scarlet Macaw 33

With over 500hp of diesel power under the throttles, the Scarlet Macaw 33 is the boating equivalent of a 7 series Beemer. Big, fast, agile, comfortable, and polished.

Scaup 16

The Scaup 16 is a sneakbox style duckboat with enough room for three hunters, 120 decoys, and a faithful canine companion.

Scaup 18

The Scaup 18 is the bigger sister to the 16. It allows a couple of more hunters aboard, or large dogs, or more decoys. The key difference is the considerably larger volume of boat that the increased length and beam give you.

Scout 20

The Scout 20 is the dream of John and Helen Carson. A compact motor cruiser with a lot of function in a small package.

Sculldugery 15

The Devlin Sculldugery is a purpose built boat for those of you who like to sneak up on your waterfowl.

Sea Bug 20

The Sea Bug is a more compact version of the Sea Chaser, an inboard fisher with enough cabin to live comfortably on fishing trips.

Sea Swift 19

The protected waters of the Northwest offer a myriad of uses for a seaworthy boat like Sea Swift.

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