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, or 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.
They are now used as family rowboats, picnic boats, tour boats, or fishing boats by hundreds of owners worldwide. The Whitehall Spirit® 17 is also available as a Double Position Side Seat Sculling Boat, a Whitehall Sailing Model or as the fully loaded Whitehall Spirit® Expedition Model which combines all optional modes into one boat along with extra even more extra features.
There are three fixed-seat traditional rowing stations with on-the-gunnel oarlocks. It is set up for the Hybrid Spruce Leathered Carbon Shaft & Blade Traditional Oars or the all Carbon Fiber Traditional Oars we can supply. The aft or 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. If tying to a dock is part of your scenario, please consider adding a set of tie-up lines and fenders to your order.
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 suited when the boat is used as a ship’s personal gym, tender or shore boat. With no one aboard, simply pull the drain plug and the boat will self-bail. When it rains, with the plug pulled the boat self-bails. Other factory options include a stainless-steel keel strip or a custom name on the transom.