The Westcoast 11.6 can row in conditions that are much too rough for a racing scull or even an open water shell. A steady speed of 3 to 4 knots (to 9 km/h) can be maintained for hours. As with all our models, this boat 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 custom made by our master craftsmen in our shop in Victoria, BC Canada. It is a row boat built to last 100 years or longer providing rowing pleasure for generations of rowers. Our commitment to the 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.

The Westcoast 11.6 rowboat was designed by Rudy Kirmshe in 1971. Rudy’s design criteria called for a rowboat ideal for family use, or a yacht tender and specifically good for ease of rowing and handling in calms, wind or waves with three or four adults aboard.

The Westcoast 11.6 has an “untucked” full transom rather than the “wineglass” shape of a Whitehall. The fuller hull shape adds buoyancy aft, making the boat suitable for carrying a heavier load and if desired, a small motor such as the Torqeedo electric outboard.

Two rowing stations enable a choice of rowing position depending on the load aboard. With no load aboard, it is usually rowed from the aft position, but the forward and aft position enables a choice and the ability to trim the boat effectively. It is not designed for tandem rowing (two persons rowing at the same time) though there are two stations.

Many have been built as lifeguard patrol boats and have proven to be very successful.

We recommend 8’ oars for this model, set up for non-overlapped use.

It is available with an optional solid teak floorboard system or a fully-buoyant “Ocean Tender Floor” which adds substantial extra reserve buoyancy to the boat. The forward storage locker enables gear such as small gas tanks, tackle boxes, or lifejackets to be left aboard, dry and secure.

This Classic Whitehall Spirit® Westcoast 11.6 model is also available with slide seat sculling gear or as a sailing model. It has also been used extensively as a lifeguard patrol rowboat.

Here are links to videos on How to Sail and How to Slide Seat Scull and How to Row Fixed Seat available for those who may want to teach themselves to row sail or scull.


Owner Dick Nobel says:

“June and I are still enjoying our Westcoast. We took delivery 12 years ago this coming September. It is still in fine condition and gives us much pleasure. We usually just go rowing in it, but we occasionally put a small Yamaha outboard on the stern. Either way, it gets us out on the water, which is just on our doorstep.”

Harold Aune says:

“Marie and I have used this boat for several years as our ship’s tender on our sailboat Physis for over 12 years. It is an amazing boat that has served us well in all sorts of conditions. Ours is also rigged for sailing and with slide seat sculling gear to keep us fit and healthy.”

Base Price $29,895 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 below 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 11’6″ (3.5 m) Weight 175 lbs (79 kg)
    Beam 54″ (137 cm) Power 2-6.5 hp OB
    Depth 18″ (46 cm) Persons 1-4 (650 lbs/295 kg)
    Draft 6″ (15 cm) Floorboard Add 36 lbs (16 kg)
    Teak floorboards $2,860 CAD
    Ocean tender fully buoyant floor $2,600 CAD
    Stern motor pad $195 CAD
    Stainless steel keel strip $845 CAD
    Slide seat unit (includes hinged bronze outriggers) $2,935 CAD
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