Site last updated - 15/01/2022

Welcome to STANLEY SmallCraft

Build Your Own Boat and be on the water in a few weeks after receiving your plans.

It takes just a few hours work a day to complete a dinghy or canoe in 1 to 5 weeks with our DIY plans or kits.

   January Sale   

  25% Off All DIY Plans   


  10% Off All Dinghy & Canoe Kits   

   Plus - save an extra 5% on you kit by phoning in your order and paying by card.

(Office hours Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm)

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Coronavirus update:

We are dispatching orders as normal for DIY Plans and Kits in 2022.

Sorry, but our workshops will remain closed to visitors except by appointment.

Digital plans and our email/phone/text help are unaffected and will operate as normal.

There have been some Royal Mail delays recently due to Covid staff shortages, please allow an extra day or two for delivery.

Rye Bay 228

DIY Dinghy and Canoe Kits Kit


Choose a design and have all the plywood hull parts cut out on our CNC machine for accuracy from a high quality Okoume/Gaboon registered marine plywood. Simple plank joint system with all required stitch holes drilled ready for assembly.

Full build instruction manuals are included.

We have developed and udated our kits over the years from the originals first produced in 1993.

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Dengemarsh Canoe

Rye Bay dinghy launched

Or build a boat from our DIY Plans

Our Dinghy & Canoe plans come in three different types


Digital Download Plans from £10.00

Printed A3 Workshop Plans from £20.00

Full Size Patterns* with Build Plans from £30.00

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

Rother 230 custom build

Rother 230

Winchelsea 2.2 built on a workshop course

Winchelsea 2.2

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Peasemarsh 12 Canoe


While going about our daily work cutting and producing kits and other projects, we produce quite a lot of offcuts. We can't use them in our normal day to day operation so we decided to find something else we could make from them. We were already making things for friends and family so our choice of items comes from those which, along with other Accessories and Chandlery, can be found at Paul's Boatshed.

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About Us

We've been doing what we do for over 30 years now.

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 help and advise 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 easily 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 also helps to keep costs down.

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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.

We have built all of our stock boats at least twice, most of them many times and they have all been built many times by our DIY builders - except the Ryemarsh which has only been built twice by us, once on a boatbuilding course and only four have been DIY built.

DIY Dinghy Building Plans & DIY Canoe Building Plans, DIY Plywood Dinghy & Canoe Kits, Custom Built Boats and Workshop

Build it yourself with our plans or kits.

Note to buyers in EU countries.

You may be liable for EU VAT and/or import tax.



STANLEY SmallCraft

Unit A, Lammas Courtyard

Lammas Road



NN17 5EZ





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