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.
Check out Jan’s build notes and photos of his Polliwog 8, the Johansson.
***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 The transition notch has been replaced by a different method of construction.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.
|Length||7 ft. – 6 in.|
|Beam||4 ft. – 1 in.|
|Power||Oars or 2 hp outboard|
|Useful Load||450 lbs.|
|Dry Weight||58 lbs.|