Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Sailing Rowboat with Optional Sculling Slide Seats

The pleasure of sailing a Whitehall Spirit® 17 is enhanced by the ease of handling a classy and efficient sail rig. This sailing rowboat delights everyone from the beginner to the most ardent sailor with its ability to sail comfortably with three or four adults aboard, carry picnic supplies or camping gear, and sail in shallow water due to its kick-up rudder and bronze centerboard. All the midship fixed seats are removable for ease of crew movement while sailing and can be replaced easily if the wind drops, converting it back into an efficient rowboat.

The large sail area possible on a low mast reduces the heeling movement of the boat (tendency to tip) without sacrificing performance. This rig is fast and easy to set up. The free-standing mast requires no stays or wires and simply lifts out to stow within the boat. The mainsail on this standing lug style rig can be tacked across in full control using only the mainsheet. Reefing gear is standard and the mainsail can be reefed while out on the water.

With the sailing gear and fixed seats removed, the optional silde seat sculling gear can be installed, turning the boat into a double position “all water” scull. See the Slide Seat Whitehall 17 model.

This model features built-in buoyancy forward and aft, and is shown here with the optional removable solid teak floorboard system. An “Ocean Tender Floor” is available as well, which adds substantial extra reserve buoyancy (an important safety feature) to the boat, perfect for when the boat is used as a ship’s tender or shoreboat.

This model is also available as an expedition model, which features all of the available options including the slide seat sculling gear.


Owner Dave Wagner in Chicago reports:

“We continue to receive ooh’s and ahh’s of praise from seasoned boaters.”


Complete boat with solid teak woodwork, bronze fittings, lapstrake fiberglass hull, bilge drain/plug, maintenance kit, bronze builder’s plaque, three fixed seat rowing stations, pivoting bronze centerboard, kick-up rudder, Spruce mast, boom and lug, mainsail, jib, sailing gear & How to Row & Sail DVD – ready to row or sail.

Pricing PDF: Whitehall Spirit 17 SAIL Model with Optional Slide Seats

Accessories PDF: Classic Whitehall Models Accessories Pricing

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.
Length 16’11” (5.2 m) Weight 319 lbs (145 kg)
Beam 52″ (132 cm) Power 2-8 hp LS-OB
Depth 18″ (46 cm) Persons 1-5 (825 lbs/375 kg)
Draft 6″ (15 cm) Floorboard 80 lbs (36 kg)
Mainsail Area 80 sq ft, 8 sq m Jib 25 sq ft, 2.5 sq m
Centerboard Down 22″ (56 cm)
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Teak floorboards $3245.00 USD
Ocean tender fully buoyant floor $3400.00 USD
Stern motor pad $122.00 USD
Stainless steel keel strip $588.00 USD
Jiffy reefing $528.00 USD
Single slide seat unit (two positions) $2976.00 USD
Double slide seat unit (two positions) $4512.00 USD
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We encourage you to contact us by phone or email when placing a boat order to ensure that details are handled in the best manner possible.

In Canada and the US (excluding Alaska & Hawaii) we can provide custom curb side delivery of your Whitehall Spirit® boat.

We arrange for worldwide shipping by sea and have provided shipping quotes, crating and export assistance for thirty years.

In North America call 1-800-663-7481. If you are located elsewhere in the world, call 00+1-250-361-2628 or email sales@whitehallrow.com for general inquiries.

You may also email directly to Michael@whitehallrow.com for boat sales. To see our ordering policy, click here.

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