Fairlight Open Canoe


LOA   4.064m  (13' - 4")
Beam  .914m   (3' - 0")
Dry Weight  25kg  (55lbs)
Height fwd  .508m   (1' - 8")
Height aft  .508m   (1' - 8")
Height midships .343m   (1' - 1.5")
Crew  2 or 3 adults

This canoe was used as the base design for the Fairlight design.

Originally designed for a client to use for fishing his local water, he later had us fit an engine well for an electric outboard motor and then asked us to make it sail. These changes came to mind when the family asked me to design a boat for our upcoming holiday. So with this canoe on the drawing board I came up with the Fairlight Sailing canoe and the Fairlight dinghy so, I made a few changes this design and got the first one built. It proved to be a great canoe for it’s size.

It is built using 6mm plywood for the bottom and first plank then 4mm for the next 3 planks so weight is kept to a minimum while still being quite sturdy. The fore and aft bulkheads and decks form buoyancy tanks at both ends which are fitted with hatches to store valuables while paddling.

It is light enough to be carried on the roof rack of an average family car and two can carry it to the water with ease. Once in the water, it will carry those two and another one, comfortably.

I like to kneel when paddling and have a good kneeling pad for it but seats could be fitted. Other modifications can be made too.

The plans detail building in either Clinker Ply or Stitch & Tape.


Build your own FAIRLIGHT Open Canoe.

The plans package is comprehensive with 7 A3 workshop drawings and step by step instructions.

D1. General Lines Drawing
D2. All Plank Dimensions & Details
D3. Plank End Templates
D4. Build Frame Construction
D4a. Build Frame
D5. Centre Support, Bulkheads, Decks & Paddle
D6. Stitch & Tape Planks 2,3 & 4
A full 40 A4 page step by step build manual in both methods
and an 8 page guide to the materials used to build it.

This Plans Package is only £60.00
including postage and our free after sales help and advice while you build.

Basic Materials List

2.5 x 4mm Marine Plywood – hull planks 2-4 and decks
1.5 x 6mm Marine Plywood – hull bottom & first plank
4 x 2.4m x 12mm x 30mm Wood
1 x 1m x 20mm x 100mm wood (Yoke)
6kg Epoxy Pack
40m x 75mm  Fibre glass tape (Stitch & Tape)
700g Fillet additive approx. – West System 405 (Clinker Plywood)