The Classic Whitehall Spirit® Tyee 14 Sailing Rowboat delights both experienced sailors and beginners. It offers a way to enjoy sailing connecting with wind and waves without the responsibilities and high costs that come with owning a much bigger boat. It gets back to the feel of wind on your face with your hand on the tiller making minute adjustments to every slight wind change. Should the wind disappear simply drop the jib, lower the mainsail, grab the oars and cruise home at 3 to 5 knots (5 to 9k) at the same time getting a smooth low impact full body workout.
Under sail, it handles superbly due to the large kick-up rudder. The centerboard trunk containing the ‘rock proof’ solid cast-bronze centerboard provides stability and ease of handling. It requires only 6” (15cm) of water to float with the keel and rudder fully retracted so the Tyee 14 can tuck into quiet uncrowded spots away from larger boats. It is fully bleachable, handy for exploring and for camping ashore.
The efficient, easily handled sail rig sets up in less than five minutes and when not in use. With the mast down all the gear stows neatly inside the boat. It accommodates three or even four people and can be smoothly rowed for hours at around 4 or 5 knots (8 -10 kph).
It evolved from the famous Tyee fishing rowboats designed and ‘clinker-built’ by Ned Painter back in 1910. These rowboats became very popular with local fishermen and famous for the way they carried a heavy load and comfortably handled the choppy tidal waters around Campbell River. An salmon fishing guiding industry grew up around them, Famous celebrities of the day including Zane Grey, Bob Hope and John Wayne plus thousands of others enjoyed rowing these boats and fishing for Tyee salmon at the world famous Painters Lodge. For the complete history of this famous rowboat see the article The History of the Tyee 14 Fishing Rowboat – A Century Old and Rowing Strong.
The Whitehall Spirit® Tyee 14 is custom built by our master craftsmen in our shop in Victoria, BC Canada. It features exquisite lapstrake-style planking exquisitely cast in hand laid fiberglass. It is built to last 100 years or longer providing sailing and rowing pleasure for generations. Our commitment to the highest quality plus superior design makes this the best boat of its type in the marketplace. It is CE certified, Canadian and US Coast Guard approved. Built-in buoyancy makes it virtually unsinkable.
The hull is hand-laid fiberglass, impeccably finished inside and out. The woodwork is solid teak finished in hand-rubbed oil. Copper rivets and roves are used on the gunnel, and the metal fittings are custom-cast bronze. Maintenance involves cleaning the teak and applying a coat of exterior teak oil and requires only about three hours per year. See the article on Care, Storage & Maintenance of your Classic Whitehall Spirit® boat.