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Some of the folks involved in the Polk County Community Boatbuilding Project

Community boat building in Polk County, North Carolina, is flourishing, according to Katherine Korth, who is involved with the project. 30 students had signed up by July to build a series of 5×10 skiffs. These skiffs are designed by Sam Devlin of Devlin Designing Boat Builders in Olympia, Washington who graciously provided the plans without charge. So far the group has launched four boats, and have more on the way. Don Rausch is leading the program, which has become a real community project.

Launching Date:
Sat, 09/14/2013

Hoiin Jung from Korea wrote to tell about his launch of a new Pelicano 18, designed by Sam Devlin. His father named it MY WAY 18 after one of his favorite Frank Sinatra songs. They built the boat from mahogany plywood, and made the deck and cockpit sole from Nu-Teak. The hull is covered with Awlgrip 2000 snow white paint. MY WAY 18 makes her way through the water in front of a Mercury 4-stroke, 40-hp outboard. She's smooth and powerful, running about 28 knots at 5000 rpm. Hoiin adds that his father is very happy to have this beautiful boat.

Launching Date:
Sat, 10/13/2012

Posted: August 20, 2012
Tags: Sam Devlin, stitch and glue, powerboats

Sam Devlin's PowerboatsDesigner-builder Sam Devlin has refined the stitch-and-glue method of boatbuilding over the past 30 years. In the September issue, we present his line of small powerboats and examine how they’ve evolved over the years.

Return to WoodenBoat 228, September/October 2012


BULLFROG is a Sam Devlin Godzilla 22′ tug boat design built by Denman Marine Tasmania, Australia. She was constructed from Lloyd’s certified Okoume plywood, fibregalss and WEST System epoxy resins. Structural timbers and trim timbers were Tasmanian Celery Top pine.

She is powered by a reconditioned 20hp Yanmar diesel which pushed her along at an easy 5.5-6 knots in the cruise.

BULLFROG was commissioned as a boat to do a spot of fishing in Victoria.

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Launching Date:
Wed, 04/18/2012

Sprit-rigged catboat

This 12′, sprit-rigged catboat was laid out by Sam Devlin as his MudPeep design. We built her using the stitch and glue method. Sam’s plans were easy to follow (he even changed the larboard/centerboard design for a shallow draft keel, which functions very well in these shallow Texas bays and lakes). The MudPeep is a pleasing, easy-to-build, easy-to-sail little catboat with a beautiful sheer line. Holds two adults very comfortably, and could accommodate two kids and an adult equally easily. Christian and Chris Seger, builders, Houston, Texas

Launching Date:
Sun, 08/05/2012

Built on Sam Devlin Godzilla 22 plan, by Andrew Denman in Kettering, Tasmania.

Soon to be fitted with bow pudding. She will be a bearded lady.

Moored at Warneet. A coastal village on Western Port Bay. Victoria.

Picture 1. while undergoing sea trials in tasmania. Photo from Denman Marine.

Picture 2. arrival at Warneet.

Launching Date:
Mon, 05/14/2012
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