Welcome to our website.

Messing about in small boats is a lot of fun

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

So, why not do something different and build a boat

or take one of our flexible canoe/dinghy building courses at our workshop in Northampton or Stevenage.




You could build one now with one of our DIY Plans Packages or one of our Plywood/Epoxy Kits

which includes our free, unlimited email/text/phone help and advice if you need it.

You might prefer one of our Canoe or Dinghy building courses.

Since 1981, I have designed over 60 original small boats 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 and those I consider more suitable for DIY Boat Building, we sell here, on other listings and on ebay, as comprehensive plans packages, plywood kits and complete, ready for the water boats, with a few more designs 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 our 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 -


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 - some 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.



*Text and Phone help for UK Only



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.

Sorry, we no longer take payments over the phone as we only get a few and it's not cost effective.



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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