Rye Bay Dinghy - Complete Boat


We build our Rye Bay 228 as our production boat and it is available as either a rowing dinghy (standard package), a motor dinghy or a sailing dinghy. You can choose to add various accessories to your boat, change the colours or the layout.* 

Our boats are built in a quality standard hardwood marine plywood that we select and buy in bulk allowing us to build these boats at a very low price including a warranty.
However, they can be built in a  high quality Gaboon, Lloyds registered plywood.


Custom Built to Order
Loa 2.28m (7’ - 6”)
Beam 1.2m (3’ - 11”)
Draft 0.14m (0’ - 5.5”)
Dry Weight  25kgs (Rowing Spec)
Maximum Load  225kgs (500lbs)
Crew 2 - 3 Adults
Various finish options available

Our RYE BAY 228 is a great little boat. It is equally at home on a private lake/pond, river or canal.
You can row it or motor it with an electric or petrol outboard.
Or you can opt for the sailing version.

Whichever option you choose, you will have a small boat that performs well for a boat of this size.
Our boats are built by hand, by a professional boat builder and finished to a high standard using a quality standard hardwood marine plywood for the hull and solid wood for the trim and seats. The bottom has a full length keel strip and two outer runners to protect the bottom when beaching. Rowlocks are fitted with a pair of basic wooden oars included. Other options are an outboard engine (electric or petrol) or the full sailing package. (See options list).

Our RYE BAY design has been around a long time and has been built from DIY plans, plywood kits and sold as complete boats for over 15 years (as a stitch & tape design) with many happy customers all over the world.
However, we have now improved on my original design and are able to offer this very popular dinghy as a complete boat for a low price starting at just £495.00 for a standard boat which is complete, painted hull - one colour outside (your choice), white inside with varnished wood trim and seats. Black nylon rowlocks, basic wooden oars, a 5m mooring rope are included so you are ready to launch.

Your boat will be ready in 14 - 28 days.* We build your boat to your specification on our standard hull build adding or omitting extras as you want it.
These boats don’t need a trailer and can be carried on the roof rack of an  average family car but, an aluminium trailer is also an optional extra.
As mentioned, they are built using a quality selected standard hardwood marine plywood and marine grade epoxy. The trim and seats are solid wood (Pine or Cedar). The finish is a craftsman finish with solid wood knees a stem brace (breast hook) shaped then fitted into the boat. Chine lines are smoothed and the whole boat painted and varnished to give a high quality finish for the price plus, a 1 year guarantee.

Any layout changes are limited and should be discussed with us before you order.
Contact us for more details or to discuss your boat.

*Build times may be longer during busy periods. This can be confirmed before purchase. 

RYE BAY 228 - Standard Package    

Complete boat painted one colour outside and white inside with varnished trim and seats. Rowlocks and mooring rope fitted with a pair of basic wooden oars. These boats are built to order in hardwood marine plywood and are ready for collection within 14 - 28 days of receipt of payment. However, we may have boats in stock which are painted white inside and outside with varnished trim and seats. From time to time we have some available complete and ready to go which are listed on the Boats For Sale page.
 Standard Hardwood Marine Plywood Hull Package
as above
Website Offer Price Only £450.00*

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*(Normal price is £525.00)
Boats will be built to order and ready for collection 14 - 28 days from sale date.
Collection Only from Northampton.

The Rye Bay 228 rowing and motor version can also be built in a top quality Gaboon/Okoume marine plywood for a varnished finish from £625.00. Contact us for latest price. 

More Package Options
RYE BAY 228 - with Electric Outboard Package    £750.00  

As in the Standard Package but with an electric outboard motor and battery (no charger).

RYE BAY 228 - with Petrol Outboard Package    £850.00
As in the Standard Package but with a new 2hp petrol outboard motor and stiffened transom.

RYE BAY 228 - Premier Sailing Package    £1245.00 
As in the Standard Package but built in a Gaboon, Lloyds registered marine plywood with dagger board, rudder and tiller, spars, sail and rigging. Ready to sail.
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We can build any of our designs for you and some from other designers.
Contact us for details and prices.
Accessories & Extras
(Prices below valid only when bought with the boat. Please call for normal prices.)
Wooden Oars (Plastimo or Lahna)  -  £65.00 a pair
Aluminium  Protectors (fitted to bottom runners and keel)  £35.00
5ltr Dry Bag  -  £9.00

15ltr Dry Bag  -  £15.00

Buoyancy Aids

Medium -  £25.00

Large   -  £25.00

XL  -  £30.00

XXL  -  £30.00

Contact us for latest deals on items below

New Aluminium Trailer  -  from £695.00
New Basic Trailer - from £395.00
Battery Charger to suit electric outboard motor  -  £70.00
Built-in Buoyancy fore and aft with hatches fitted -  £65.00

Terms & Conditions

1. Built to Order Boats  -  Full Payment for boats that will be built to order is preferred but we can accept 80% of the total, including any extras, paid with order and the balance must be paid before collection.
2. After purchase, we will contact you to discuss colours etc. Colour choice must be finalised at this point. As the boat is completed, we will send you a picture record of the build.
4. Collection  -  A date for collection will be arranged but collection can only be made if balance payment has been made. We cannot accept cash on collection.