Devon Wooden Boats Ltd.
April 2017 - Moving again - Even larger premises!

We moved to a rented workshop at Dolphin Haven Boatyard in April 2015 with one full time shipwright and two part-time employees and have experienced considerable growth. The current team now consists of six full time and two part-time people, including own full time Marine Electrical Technician who is fully qualified in marine AC and DC systems and experienced in rewiring traditional wooden boats. Over the last year we have struggled for space and have now decided to move as it seems likely that it will be several years until there is additional space available for us at the yard.

We will be moving from our current workshop in May/June 2017 to a 3700 SQ FT industrial unit - more than doubling our current space. We realised very little comes to us by water so took the decision to have an environment that is more temperature and humidity stable for the type of work we do. Most of the boats we work on will fit inside the new workshop which will save us time and our customers money as we will no longer need to build or maintain tents nor set-up and pack away tools daily. We will have a much cleaner working environment, no more mud and puddles and much better road access. We plan to use the local yard at Baltic Wharf (just 5 miles away) for any boats that do not fit inside the new units.

Our new workshops will also allow us the space to start building new wooden dinghies, launches and day sailors (up to 30 feet) which has always been the intention since the company was founded in 2010. Some of these will be our own designs, others to class/historic designs along with any custom commissions. We will also continue with the restoration work that we have become known for.

It has come to our attention that some people think we run the whole of Dolphin Haven Boatyard, Galmpton Creek. We have only ever been tenants there - in the grey and white building halfway along the yard with a little bit of the top floor in the adjoining brick building. The yard is owned by a local man who is also a keen yachtsman with a very nice collection of boats.

We will of course miss the view at the yard, arguably the best on the river Dart.

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 December 2013 - Devon Darlin’ 11 at the Aston Martin Showroom in Exeter!

The first week of December saw the Devon Darlin’ 11 in some very prestigious surroundings, next to a rare Jaguar XKR-S GT (1 of only 10 in the UK), the next neighbour along was the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, then the Jaguar XKR-S and finally the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, quite the line-up.

I would like to thank all the guests and everyone at Grange Exeter for a lovely evening, from the pictures you can see how the Devon Darlin’ 11 really looks at home alongside all those stunning cars.


For more information on Grange Exeter and the cars, please see the links below:

Grange Exeter – Aston Martin & Jaguar Showroom

The only information online for the Jaguar XKR-S GT

My Favourite, the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

The Jaguar XKR-S

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

All trademarks acknowledged…


Now in the final full working week before Christmas, if you require any maintenance or restoration work for next season, please be sure to book your time slot early.

I would like to wish all my customers a Very Merry Christmas and an even more Prosperous New Year!


 September 2013 - Post Southampton Boat Show

I would just like to start by saying how lovely it was talking with all the visitors on our stands A46 & A47. Both the Devon Darlin’ 11 and our NEW dinghy design, the fibreglass easyLAUNCH 9 Dinghy were really well received and we kept a list of peoples quotes, please see below.

Quotes for the Devon Darlin’ 11
“Work of art”
“So stylish”
“I’m in love”
“That would look nice in our dining room”
“Never seen anything like that before – it’s brilliant”
“It’s nicer than the furniture in our house”
“This has got to be the highlight of the show”
“Classy” - retired Lallows Shipwright of 30 years
“You have too much time on your hands” – four separate retired cabinetmakers
“So elegant” from a Frenchman
“5 gold stars” from a well known epoxy manufacturer's representative

Quotes for our NEW easyLAUNCH 9 Dinghy
“Ooo look a pink boat” – unsurprisingly this was one of the most frequently said ones
“What a great idea”
“So practical”
“Wheels for filing your boat into a toast rack – clever”
“Why has nobody thought of this before?”
“At last someone has built a boat which meets people’s needs”
“This will be the next big thing”
“Incredible level of innovation”
“Nice to see something so innovative”
“A perfect tender”

I have also launched a new website for easyLAUNCH Dinghies:
And a new Facebook page just for the fibreglass range:

The new easyLAUNCH dinghies designed as a utility version of our beautiful wooden amphibious dinghies and at a very competitive price.

Back to the workshop now to finish and test the prototype, then polish the production tooling ready for the first dinghy to leave at the end of October.


Yes, we really did make it those colours! However, you can be as conservative or outlandish as you wish, as you have a choice of 76 different colours!
 July 2013 - Southampton Boat Show and booking winter projects

In my January update, I mentioned “Tempus fugit”, and it really has! All of a sudden it’s early July and summer is in full swing. The shipwright services side of the business has really taken off this year. If you are thinking about having some work done I am now booking in winter projects starting from October onwards.

Southampton Boat Show 2014 – Stand A046 & A47
Stand booked - tick
Accommodation booked - tick
New dinghy - in build!!! - tick

The above list gives a good clue to my most exciting news that I will be exhibiting at Southampton Boat Show September 13-22 in the Arena on Stand A046, with a new Dinghy design that I am currently building the plugs and moulds for; don’t want to say too much about it just yet, so please watch this space.

Time for a nice Ice Tea and back to the workshop I think!


Southampton Boat Show 2014 - 13-22 Sept
 January 2013 - Devon Wooden Boats also offers Shipwright Services

I would just like to start by wishing our customers and website visitors a Very Happy & Prosperous New Year! I was so glad that the first week back was only 3 days, bit of a shock to the system after a 2 ½ week break from work.

There is an old saying “Tempus fugit” (Time flies!) before we know it, April will be upon us and the boats will be getting wet again. Knowing how much of a mad rush it always ends up being getting the boat ready for the new season, I would just like to highlight that along with the new builds, we also offer a broad range of 'SHIPWRIGHT SERVICES’ for yachts and motor boats up to 60ft or £250,000 in value. Please see the ‘Shipwright Services’ link for more details. We also offer free estimates and are very competitive in our fixed job or hourly rates; we are happy to take on small jobs right through to major restorations and are more than happy to work alongside the boats owner.

In other news, Devon Wooden Boats has now become a member of the Newton Abbot Chamber of Commerce; I am looking forward to getting to know the other members and being involved with the Chamber’s activities.

Clinks tea mug to the New Year!


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