In the early days, back before small engines, Whitehall rowboats were considered the best working boats on the harbour. A 17′(5 m) long Whitehall rowboat was the favoured size. This was because a boat of this size could be easily handled by one person alone, and also carry five or six people plus cargo. In those days, Whitehall boats were used by everyone from the harbour police to water taxi operators rowing in harbour ports like New York City, Boston, and San Francisco. Read the three-part article The History of the Whitehall rowboat for complete information on the Whitehall rowing boat’s origin.

This Classic Whitehall Spirit® rowboat is custom made by our master craftsmen in our shop and these rowboats are built to last 100 years or longer providing rowing pleasure for generations of rowers. Our commitment to highest quality plus superior design makes this the best boat of its type in the marketplace. It is CE certified and US Coast Guard approved. Built-in buoyancy makes it virtually unsinkable.

As with all our models, this Whitehall Spirit® 17 is right at home on the deck of a yacht, at the cabin, parked on a dock, or on a trailer in the garage. This boat is practical and perfect for rowing in lakes, rivers, or on the ocean.

There are three fixed-seat rowing stations with on-the-gunnel oarlocks. The aft and center rowing stations are great for rowing alone. Three people rowing at once is a fun family activity and this boat will cruise along at 5 to 6 knots (10-12K), always looking quite amazing to any onlookers.

There is an optional solid teak floorboard available or a fully buoyant ‘Ocean Tender Floor‘ which adds substantial extra reserve buoyancy to the boat, particularly well suited for when the boat is used as a ship’s personal gym, tender or shore boat.

It is also available as a Double Position Side Seat Sculling Boat, a Whitehall Sailing Model or as the fully loaded Whitehall Spirit® Expedition Model.


Owner Steve Jorgenson reports:

“I think I’ve already exceeded the annual legal limit on fun. The Whitehall is so stunningly beautiful that whenever I’m parked somewhere.”


Owner Robert Dunshee reports:

“The boat rows like a dream. My wife and I row tandem, but the boat rows equally well (not as fast, of course) solo. It is beautiful and we take a not-so-well-concealed pride in all the approving comments we get. In fact, being in the boat is like being a part of a lovely piece of sculpture! It’s art that one can use. The boat is easy to trailer – very important to us because we want to use it frequently; at least once or twice a week.”

Base Price $37,370 CAD

Complete boat with solid teak woodwork, bronze fittings, lapstrake fiberglass hull, bilge drain/plug, maintenance kit, bronze builder’s plaque, & How to Row DVD – ready to row.

Boat Pricing PDF: Whitehall Spirit® 17 Traditional Row Model (CAD)

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    The hull is hand-laid fiberglass, impeccably finished inside and out. The woodwork is solid teak finished in hand-rubbed oil, meaning maintenance is not an issue, and will require only about three hours per year. Copper rivets and roves are used on the gunnel, and the metal fittings are custom-cast bronze. The photo album shows close-up details of the fine workmanship. 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.
    Length 16’11” (5.2 m) Weight 272 lbs (123 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)
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    Teak floorboards $4,485 CAD
    Ocean tender fully buoyant floor $4,420 CAD
    Stern motor pad $210 CAD
    Stainless steel keel strip $975 CAD
    Slide seat unit (includes hinged bronze outriggers) $3,955 CAD
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    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.

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    All 18 classic boat models can be ordered in different configurations to suit your needs.