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5 Day Dinghy Building Workshop Course

We offer two options with the dinghy builds and, as with the canoes, the dinghy is supplied in kit form ready to start along with the epoxy glue and sundry items plus the use of any tools you will need. The course is structured to allow you to build your dinghy from the kit step by step over the 5 days and you will be able to make simple oars to use with your new dinghy. Whatever you choose, make sure it will fit on your car roof rack or trailer.

The Rye Bay 228
5 days hull build with seats fitted











or the Rother 230 

5 days hull build with seats fitted


You assemble and complete over the course term and you will normally build the dinghy hull in that time with a pair of oars, if time allows. By the end of Day 5 you will have completed the build with at least one seat (thwart) and trim fitted so that you can prepare and paint it when you take it home. On rare occasions, some of the build is not completed (a seat not fitted for example) but, in any event, we will get you to the stage where you can take it home and finish it along with any materials, epoxy and instructions.

The dinghies are built without buoyancy tanks and inflatable buoyancy can be fitted – but if you decide you want them the materials and hatches for them are an extra £80.


Dinghy - Sailing Option.

You can build the Rye Bay over 7 days and the Winchelsea over 8 - 10 days as a sailing dinghy. With this option, you will leave at the end of the 7th/10th day with the hull and all the extra parts – rudder with fittings, tiller, dagger board, daggerboardcase (fitted), mast, gaff, sail and rig.

We provide a heated workshop with free parking & toilet facilities.










The workshop has a takeaway cafe nearby. Other shops etc. and supermarkets are only a few minutes away by car. Free tea, coffee and squash with biscuits and crisps are available all day while at the workshop.

Your senior build guide on your course has over 30 years experience in boat building and repair plus, he designed your boat! The other staff who attend are also very experienced and will have built at least two of the designs on offer and other boats too.

A selection of hotels, guest houses, caravan and campsites etc. are all around us. We will help you find what you want if you need it.

Contact us to discuss any of our courses or for an e-brochure.
Phone 07910206881

The "Standard" build uses a good quality marine plywood and epoxy materials but you can opt for the "Premier" build to build your dinghy or canoe in a quality, Lloyds registered, Gaboon marine ply which can be varnished, a better finish with the Winchelsea.


4 Day Workshops - Rye Bay 228 (Row/Motor)

7 Day Workshops - Rye Bay 228 (Sailing version),  Winchelsea 2.2 (Row/Motor)

PRICES for 2019

Prices are for up to two people each day to attend and build one canoe or dinghy. This includes all materials and use of any tools required to build the boat you will take home with you. If you want more than 2 people to attend, please contact us. There is a small extra charge of £25 per person but, too many people around the boat at any one time can cause problems.

Your boat is built in a quality, Lloyds registered, Gaboon marine plywood and epoxy materials.

Prices do not include accommodation, meals or transport which you will need to arrange but we can help with information about local facilities.


Prices for Rowing/Motor Dinghy Building Workshops


Rye Bay 228

4 days - £625.00


Winchelsea 2.2

7 days - £875.00



Sailing Dinghy Building Workshops

These are longer sessions due to the extra work needed, after building the hull, to make the sailing rig – mast, gaff, rudder, tiller, dagger board and case. You will also receive the rudder fittings, rope, cleats and blocks as required plus, of course, the sail.

Rye Bay 228 Sailing Dinghy Build

7 days - £1190.00


Winchelsea 2.2 Sailing Dinghy Build

9 days - £1350.00

   Alternatively, if you have the space to build, our course instructor can come to you.   

   Contact us for details.    




Workshop sessions can normally be booked at any time throughout the year as long as booked at with least 1 months notice and a heated workshop is available in the colder months to allow epoxy to cure - and keep you warm of course.
Contact us for further details of other courses or discuss your course with us.

An e-brochure giving more details is available for the above Workshop sessions.


*Extra charge may apply for extended periods.

10 day courses can be divided into two 5 day sessions.
4 day courses can be divided into 2 weekends
Other options can be arranged.

Courses can be paid for via e-invoice for cards or offline via bank transfer, cheque etc.

Booking Deposit of £50 must be paid after we have confirmed the dates you want are available.

Full payment of the balance must be received at least 30 days before the booked dates.

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