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.
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.
BLUE HERON, a Mud Peep design by Sam Devlin, is a 12′ sprit-rigged catboat. Christian Seger and his father, Chris, built BLUE HERON in Christian’s barn, from plywood and epoxy using the stitch-and-glue method. They’ll sail her on West Galveston Bay, Texas. Here she is at Lake Summerville, Texas, on sea trials with Christian at the helm and his wife, Lisa, relaxing in the cockpit.
Designer-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.
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.