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Messing about in small boats is a lot of fun

Building your own boat to mess about in is even more rewarding




You could build one for this coming summer (2016)

with one of our DIY Plans Packages or one of our Plywood/Epoxy Kits

Since 1981, I have designed over 60 original dinghy and 25 canoe designs from 1.8m (6’)  to around 5m (22’) 

and developed them to be easier for DIY home builders to build their boat from plans or a kit.

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A selection of those designs, my favourites, we sell through my business, STANLEY SmallCraft, as comprehensive plans packages, plywood kits and complete, ready for the water boats, with a few more being added every year as we build and test them.

Choose from


Stitch & Tape Dinghies     Clinker Plywood Dinghies     Stitch & Tape Canoes



Our aim is to keep costs as low as possible so we can supply value for money, easy to follow plans and easy to build kits from our range small boats specifically designed for the DIY builder to build in plywood and epoxy using the two most common methods to build them - Stitch & Tape and Clinker Plywood. Both are quite easy methods to build with but Stitch & Tape is generally considered to be the easier option and probably a quicker way to get a boat but, Clinker Ply produces more traditional looking boats.

We have built all our boats, some many times and tested them. We use our experience along with feedback from our many DIY builders to help us improve them where we can. We don't sell plans or kits for our designs until they have been built by inexperienced DIY builders fiirst under our supervision in our workshop. But, even after that, we don't just sell you plans and kits, we are also available to advise you and help you through the build via email, text or phone.


Our plans are available in different formats. Choose from -


Study Plans from £3.50 - All our designs have study plans with model templates and assembly instructions for card or balsa, bass wood etc so that you can build a model of your boat. These give you information of the design build and an idea of how that particular design goes together which could highlight, for you, any problem areas you might encounter. It is something we always do during the design process.

That way, you can get any questions out of the way before you get started on the full size project.

Study Plans are posted out to you with A4 instructions and scaled templates on A3 sheet(s) or, you can download an A4 copy with some designs.


Download Plans - you can download  the "digital" version of any of our DIY plans after payment from £10.00  -  

PDF files with all information, hints and tips to build your boat or canoe in a download (You will get a link for the download which will be open for 24hrs and allow 2 downloads. If you need more time for any reason, please contact us. Thank you.)

 Note!! Our system asks for an address for all sales but we don't need your full address for download items.

 - - If you prefer, we can email any of our plans to you after payment, instead of downloading - - 


CD Plans - PDF files on a CD from £12.00  -   

As download with all the same files on a CD disc which can be viewed and printed off via your computer.

Note - CD Plans are being discontinued and this option will no longer be available by the end of this year, 2016. 



A3 Paper Workshop Plans - instructions and A3  drawings from £20.00  -  

Everything printed out with full A4 instruction manual and A3 scaled drawings making them easier to read in the workshop


Standard Large Sheet Paper (A1/A0) Scaled Plans from £30.00  -  

Large scale plans drawn out on paper with with just the information you need to build along with an A4 instruction manual.


Full Size patterns with Build Instructions from £20.00

An A4 instruction manual printed and sent with full size patterns sheets (A0/A1) and instructions on how to use the patterns


- -  All prices on this site include postage/delivery except where stated otherwise.  - -




Kits start at £245 for 10’ plywood only canoe kit. All Kiits are cut from Robbins Elite, LLoyds registered marine plywood.

See Kit page for full details


STANLEY SmallCraft designs have been built by professionals, school projects, charity projects and DIY home builders all over the world.


We Use PayPal for receiving all our online payments.

You do not need a PayPal account and can pay by debit/credit card through this checkout system and checkout as a guest.



Mobile payments may be used for DIY plans sales, without using the checkout, but your mobile number must be registered with your bank to use this service. (Most high street banks apply but some don't).

State plans required and option in notes or send back up text. 

Not available for download purchases.




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