The Whitehall Spirit® 17 Expedition model is our top-of-the-line sailing & sculling rowboat and available fully equipped including two slide seat sculling units, two-part mast, bowsprit, roller furling light air jib, a choice of either solid teak floorboards or fully buoyant ocean tender floor plus much more. Check out the PDF Order Form or call for details.
This boat is impeccably custom built by our master craftsmen in our shop in Victoria BC. It is a rowing sailing boat built to last 100 years or more providing sailing and rowing pleasure for generations. Our commitment to highest quality plus superior design makes this the ultimate boat of its type in the marketplace. It is CE certified and US Coast Guard approved. Built-in buoyancy makes it virtually unsinkable.
Perfect for fun day sailing, sculling or rowing while exploring coastal waters, lakes, or rivers. Needing only 6 inches of water with its bronze centreboard and rudder fully retracted, this boat can tuck into quiet, unexplored, and uncrowded spots. It’s trailerable for travelling and beachable, for landing ashore to camp or checking out the shoreline.
This boat is right at home stored on the deck of a yacht, at the cabin, parked on a dock, or on a trailer in the garage.
As with all our models, the sailing gear is fast and easy to install or remove without tools. The mast simply lifts out of its reinforced support socket. The mainsail boom includes a bronze clew outhaul tackle. The mast is two-part with a carbon fiber sleeve, enabling compact stowage inside the boat. It is 6″ longer than the regular 17′ sailing models mast to accommodate a roller furling light air jib. The light air jib furler mounts on the removable teak bowsprit.
The boat can be sailed with the mast freestanding, however, an additional included feature is Spectra running backstays, offering better sail shape and windward sailing ability. Reefing gear is standard and the mainsail can be reefed while out on the water.
There is a ‘Setting Up the Sail Rig’ video available here.
The Whitehall Spirit® Expedition model also includes two slide seat sculling units with bronze hinging outriggers providing stability, comfort, and safety even while rowing in wind and waves. Being stable it is well suited for beginners, experienced or even hard-core competitive rowers, for fitness training or cross-training for those who desire a low-impact, full-body workout. In slide seat sculling mode the layout is virtually identical the Whitehall Spirit® Slide Seat Sculling Model.
Please call or contact us for details and any further information. We have over thirty years the experience of thousands of happy owners to draw from regarding any specific needs or circumstances.
The woodwork is hand-picked solid teak, usually bookmatched. It is hand-rubbed with three coats of our special outdoor oil – teak does not require varnish finish. The mast and boom are made from clear, tight-grained sitka spruce and coated with three coats of marine-quality varnish.
This boat can achieve speeds that are considerably greater than its hull speed when sailing off the wind.
|Mainsail Area||80 sq ft, 8 sq m||Jib||25 sq ft, 2.5 sq m|
|Length||16’11” (5.2 m)||Weight||319 lbs (145 kg)|
|Beam||52″ (132 cm)||Power||2-8 hp LS-OB|
|Depth||18″ (46 cm)||Persons||1-5 (825 lbs/375 kg)|
|Draft||6″ (15 cm)||Floorboard||80 lbs (36 kg)|
|Centerboard Down||22″ (56 cm)||LOA incl. Bowsprit||20′ (6.1 m)|
|Light Air Jib||45 sq ft, 14 sq m|
|Choice of either the Solid Teak Floorboards or a Ocean Tender Fully Buoyant Floor||Included ($4400.00 CAD value)|
|Stern motor pad||$237.00 CAD|
|One Single Slide Seat Sculling Unit (available)||(Call or email for details)|
How to Order
Many customers first print the “Pricing and Accessories PDF”, in the “Pricing” tab above, for the boat they are planning to purchase, and then check-off the items they are interested in before calling or sending it to us. This is a good way to begin the process.
Alternatively, you can call to discuss your options, especially if you are unsure about what Whitehall boat model you are interested in. Your order may be as simple as a basic rowing model with oars, or as elaborate as a slide-seat rowing & sailing model with accessories, delivered to another continent.
Ordering/Delivery Details & Policies
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