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Westcoast 11.6 – Lifeguard Patrol Boat

In the 1990s, designer Harold Aune was asked to help design and produce a rowboat specifically for use as a lifeguard patrol boat that is easily handled by one person. This was to replace an aging fleet of wooden rowing boats used by the City of Vancouver Lifeguards to patrol the waters of English Bay. They required a boat that handled particularly well in rough, shallow water. Whitehall subsequently built and sold them close to 20 boats over a period of a few years.

Click here to download a printable pdf of this case study on the Westcoat 11.6 Lifeguard model.

In August 2017 the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) published a news article about Vancouver lifeguards in which they showcased our boats in action through a couple of images within the article.

The Westcoast rowboat was originally designed by Rudy Kirmshe in 1971. His design called for a rowing boat ideal for family use, with ease of rowing and handling. The Westcoast 11.6 has an “untucked” transom rather than the “wineglass” shape of a Classic Whitehall. The fuller hull shape adds stability and provides more carrying capacity, making the boat suitable for carrying a heavier load or towing a distressed swimmer back to the beach.

The Westcoast 11.6 is almost identical in size to the old “woodies” the lifeguards had used for over thirty years. Minor modifications make it ideal for lifeguard patrol duties. It features extensive built-in buoyancy tanks, one on each side, eliminating the danger of swamping or sinking. A stainless steel through-bolted keel strip with a teak backing piece elevates and protects the keel itself from countless beach landings. This, in addition to two parallel hull-mounted strakes, protects the fibreglass hull from repeated beaching.

The gunnels are built extra tough to handle continuous and heavy rowing loads. There are two sets of oarlocks for both shorter or taller lifeguards plus another rowing station forward for use when passengers are carried.

The Westcoast 11.6 Lifeguard Patrol Boat has some definite advantages over the fine old wood boats. It never requires painting and the teak woodwork is weatherproof, so maintenance is minimal. And finally, it is gorgeous to look at, with its sweet lines and lap-strake style hull.

Base Price $17,469.00 CAD

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Complete boat with solid teak woodwork, bronze fittings as shown, lap-strake fiberglass hull with red topside strake, lifeguard lettering on both sides and on the transom, stainless steel teak wood backed through-bolted keel strip, bilge drain/plug, and the bronze builder’s plaque.

CAD Boat Pricing and Options PDF: Westcoast 11.6 – Lifeguard Patrol Boat

Accessories PDF: Classic Whitehall Models Accessories Pricing (CAD)

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 gunnels, and the bow and transom fittings are custom-cast bronze. The Attention to Detail photos below show close-up views of the impeccable workmanship. The woodwork is of hand selected solid teak. 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 305 lbs (138 kg)
Beam 52″ (132 cm) Depth 18″ (46 cm)
Draft 6″ (15 cm) Persons 1-5 (825 lbs/375 kg)
Ocean tender fully buoyant floor $3400.00 USD
Stern motor pad $122.00 USD
Stainless steel teak backed keels strip Standard
Slide seat option not available with this model

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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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