The Minto 9 is prized for its use as a dinghy, tender, or simply a small rowboat. It rows exceptionally well with one, two or three adults on board.
In the late 1950s, the “original” wooden Minto was found washed up on the grounds of “Our Lady Minto Hospital” on Saltspring Island by builder Ed Hoppen who named it the “Minto”.
It was estimated to have been built by an unknown builder at the turn of the century. In the late 1950s, Ed took the hull down to his shop in Gig Harbor, Washington. where he built the fist fiberglass models using the original as a pattern. Years later it several hundred more Mintos were produced by Ranger Yachts based in Seattle, Washington.
‘Pelagic Pacific Boatbuilders’ owned by Les Curley purchased a Minto mold from Ed Hopen in the early 60s. Over the next ten years, he built over a thousand hulls at his shop in Victoria, British Columbia.
Whitehall Rowing & Sail first produced the Minto 9 in 1988. The elegant fiberglass teak and bronze ‘treatment’ given to this little classic makes it popular for adorning the decks of sailboats, on transoms of motor yachts, or being towed smoothly along behind. It’s also popular as a small rowboat lakes and ponds all across America.
Where the Minto really excels is how it handles, rowing exceptionally well with one, two, or three adults on board. Due to generous freeboard, well-positioned seats and oarlocks, this boat performs efficiently in light wave conditions and is also renowned for stability when boarding.
One curious thing about the Minto is that the third strake down at the bow is a little narrow. It’s been faithfully reproduced that way ever since it was first reproduced.
The full bow shape and tracking keel allow for safe and easy towing. The Minto 9 handles a small outboard very well with its reasonably flat aft bottom proportions and robust transom.
After a few years out of production it is available once again on a build-to-order basis, complete, ready to row, with a fiberglass hull, teak woodwork, bronze transom & bow caps, and bow eye suitable for towing plus stern eyes suitable for hoisting. Options include custom lift rings or snap davits for transom mounting along with other custom features. Like all Whitehall Spirit® boats it is impeccably hand made by our master craftsmen in our shop in Victoria BC and is a rowboat built to last 100 years.
The complete boat includes an impeccable fiberglass hull, teak woodwork, bronze transom & bow caps, bow eye suitable for towing plus stern eyes suitable for hoisting. Custom features are available and contact us by phone or email to discuss details.
|Length||9’1” (2.7 m)||Weight||130 lbs (58.9 kg)|
|Beam||50″ (127 cm)||Power||2-4 hp LS-OB|
|Depth||17″ (43.18 cm)||Persons||1-3 (480 lbs / 217.7 kg)|
|Draft||6″ (15.24 cm)||Floorboard||Add 28 lbs (12.7 kg)|
|Teak floorboards||$1616.00 USD|
|Ocean tender fully buoyant floor||$1485.00 USD|
|Stern motor pad||$122.00 USD|
|Stainless steel keel strip||$552.00 USD|
swipe table left to right.
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
Please read complete details by clicking here.
Take the next step and obtain a no-obligation quote:
Call toll free in (North America): 1-800-663-7481
Outside North America: +1-250-361-2628
We are located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia Canada on the Pacific side of North America. If you call outside of our normal business hours of 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and get our message machine, please let us know the best time and way to reach you.
Find Your Classic Whitehall Spirit® Boat
All 18 boat models can be ordered in different configurations to suit your needs.