Site last updated - 15/02/2020
Welcome to STANLEY SmallCraft
Build Your Own Boat for this season.
Be on the water in a few weeks after receiving your plans or kit.
It takes just a few hours work a day to complete a dinghy or canoe in 1 to 5 weeks with our DIY plans, kits or workshop courses.
15% All DIY plans packages and 10% off DIY kits
- Extended till 29/2/20 -
Rye Bay 228
Choose from either
Plywood Only Kits from £185.00
All the plywood hull parts cut out on our CNC machine for accuracy and quality. Simple plank joint system with stitch holes drilled ready for assembly.
Full Plywood/Epoxy Kits from £295.00
As above but with the epoxy materials to stick it all together.
Full build instruction manuals are included.
We have developed and udated our kits over the years from the originals first produced in 1993.
Our Dinghy & Canoe plans come in three different types
All of them come with a materials list, full step by step instructions and advice on plywood types, wood and epoxy.
We have been designing our own boats since 1990.
*Not all designs available as full size patterns packages
Choose a design, discuss any changes, colours etc. with us and we will build your boat.
All the hull parts will be CNC cut.
I started building my own designs in 1986 while building other designers' boats too. STANLEY SmallCraft was set up in 1990 to build my designs exclusively and develop our DIY kits & plans.
If you have no space to build in or like the idea of a professional boat builder on hand to take you through your build, come and build with us from £375.00.
Dinghy and Canoe Workshop Courses once a month.
Next available course 06/06/20
Canoe Building - Peasemarsh 10 or 12
(Places are limited. Please contact us for details)
We are coming up on 30 years of doing what we do in March this year.
Whatever you are looking for, DIY canoe building plans, DIY dinghy building plans, build materials or perhaps some chandlery for your boat, we can help by either supplying it or pointing you in the right direction.
We can even help you with your own project and even cut it for you.
A lightweight plywood dinghy or canoe makes for an easier and cheaper, boating experience.
In the 8' to 10' range of boats, fibre glass dinghies, moulded plastic canoes and inflatables are all heavy and/or cumbersome. They require trailers to move them about on land and larger powered outboard motors to move them on the water. Some canoes can be carried on a roof rack but are heavy to lift up there and carry to the water.
Our plywood dinghies and canoes are not so heavy, sometimes half the weight. A 12' or 14' plywood canoe can be carried on a roof rack and can often be put up there solo as can an 8' dinghy. 10' dinghies and larger canoes will probably need two to move them about.
Being lightweight, crew distribution is important to keep the boat balanced. They only need small, lightweight outboard motors which helps to keep costs down.
Peasemarsh 8 Canoe
A short history of STANLEY SmallCraft.
I have been around boats most of my life and started designing my own boats while still at boarding school in 1975. I soon had a small, basic portfolio of around twenty plank on frame designs based on the small boats I'd seen locally in Rye in the holidays while also helping and learning to build and repair boats. I built my first boat from an Edson I. Shock design, a simple pram dinghy and the first of my own designs came soon after, a 12' sailing dinghy, which was a great success.
STANLEY SmallCraft was started in 1990 designing and restoring small boats. I now have a portfolio of over 240 designs and some of those became our stock designs for the plans, kits and complete boats we have on offer from this website. All of them have been built and used many times by DIY builders and ourselves.
DIY Dinghy Building Plans & DIY Canoe Building Plans, DIY Plywood Dinghy & Canoe Kits, Custom Built Boats and Workshop Boat Building Courses.
Build it yourself with our plans or kits or come and build it with us.
If you don't want to build it, STANLEY SmallCraft could custom build it for you.
Unit A, Lammas Courtyard
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