Site last updated - 21/09/2023
Welcome to STANLEY SmallCraft
Build your own dinghy or canoe for your holiday or as a spare time family activity.
Start now and working just at weekends you can 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.
*Depending on design and build method.
But that's not all we do.
Peasemarsh 8 Canoe
Winchelsea 10 Dinghy
Winchelsea 2.2 Dinghy
Free 1m Paddle with all Canoe Kits
Rother 2.5 Mini Gaffer
Rye Bay 228 Dinghy
Peasemarsh 14 Canoe
*** Although we don't expect you to, if you experience any problems on our site, please let us know. Thank you. ***
It's Autumn again so, why not build a small boat and explore the inland waters of the UK, or anywhere when the weather improves again.
It's not as difficult as you might think. There are no complicated joints and our boats are designed to be as easy as possible to build. Plus, we are always on hand to answer your questions if you need it.
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.
The designer of our boats started STANLEY SmallCraft in 1990 developing his own designs and built each one.
We only sell plans we've selected from his tried and tested designs with many sold over the years.
*Not all designs available as full size patterns packages
Please Note - We will use other delivery options duiring any Royal Mail strikes.
Rye Bay 228
Peasemarsh Basic Kit - Hull Parts
Dengemarsh Canoe Kit in build
Dengemarsh Canoe Kit in ready to launch
Karun Pram 8 Kit in build
Or Build Your Boat from one of our
FULL PLYWOOD & EPOXY KITS
Plywood Only kits
If you want to go rowing, motoring, sailing, fishing, maybe a tender for a bigger boat or just pottering about on the water in a small boat, we have may have a design for you.
Choose a design and we cut all the plywood hull parts on our CNC machine for accuracy and we only use a high quality Okoume/Gaboon BS1088 Lloyds registered marine plywood.
All required stitch holes etc drilled so that your kit arrives ready for assembly with the epoxy resin materials supplied. A simple but strong plank butt joint system is used to keep things easy.
The Full Kits include all the epoxy materials, trim, hatches, yoke, seats, etc as required to build the complete dinghy or canoe ready for painting and launching.
Or, you can now opt for the Plywood Only pack. It is just the plywood panels CNC cut with stitch holes etc drilled if required.
(Plywood Only - all plywood parts. No wood or epoxy resin materials supplied).
As a cheaper option for some designs we now also offer kits using a cheaper plywood. This is not suitable for some dinghy designs but is for most canoe designs.
Spend some quality time building a boat as your own or a family project. It is enjoyable and you have something to enjoy on the water when it's finished.
Full build instruction manuals are included.
Our kits have been developed and udated over the years from the originals first produced in 1993.
wYou can now pay for your kit in 3 interest free instalments.
All our designs can be cut as kits.
Free Delivery to UK Mainland only.
Highlands & Islands add further £48.00
We can change some things with our kits to suit you.
Please contact us for details.
*Some kits are not included in some sales.
Not only did Paul design some great little boats but he also designed many other things too.
In Paul's Boatshed you will find some of those things such as our boat shaped shelf units and wine storage units all made by hand and finished to order and other small items made from the wood left over from our kit and build projects.
Have a look - Boat shaped items
*** New Style Shelf Unit for Halloween. ***
Our unique shelf units, 12", 24", 34" and 44" high, with or without multi coloured lighting strip to provide back lighting, Boat shaped wine or drinks station 24" or 34" high, garden/home display ornaments, kids boat rockers and other miscellaneous items.
These can be personalised too with laser engraved names or slogans.
Contact us for details.
Shipping to UK only.
44" Basic Shelf Unit
44"Dinghy Shaped Shelf Unit
34" and 44" Garden/House ornament boat
*** New Style Shelf Unit for Halloween. ***
COFFIN SHAPED SHELF UNIT - Great for Holloween
These hand made shelf units are the coffin style free standing model which you can be easily wall mounted.
in Other Items
We have a range of other items, some that can be personalised, from snack trays and Lazy Susans to trinket boxes boxes and storage chests etc.
Snack Trays/Lazy Susans
Seasonal Snack Trays
44" Boat Rocker
We are no longer running our own boat building courses but we are working with Birchcanoes based in Brooksby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. They offer our designs or their own for you to build and accomodation too at a lovely riverside location where you can test out your work.
Click the link above for more information.
Plywood, MDF, Plastic, Acrylic, Aluminium*
We are now able to offer a CNC sheet cutting service.
If you have a craft project or even your own boat design or somewhere in between, anything you have been working on and want the components cut etc. we might be able to help.
From basic sketches to CAD drawings, we could turn your ideas into reality from just £25.
More details can be found here.
Contact us to discuss your project.
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 but 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 five have been DIY built.
DIY Dinghy Building Plans & DIY Canoe Building Plans, DIY Plywood Dinghy & Canoe Kits.
Build it yourself with our plans or kits.
Unit A, Lammas Courtyard
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