Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Traditional Rowboat

Back in the early days before small engines, when Whitehall rowboats were considered the best working boats on the harbor, the 17′ Whitehall Traditional Rowboat was the favored size. This was the rowboat that could be easily handled by one person alone, but could also carry up to six people plus cargo. In those early days, Whitehall boats were used by everyone from the harbor police to water taxi operators in ports like New York City.

For the traditional rower, this model represents a boat that is practical and perfect for rowing in lakes, rivers, or on the ocean. There are three rowing stations with on-the-gunnel oarlocks. The aft or center rowing stations are great for rowing alone. Three people rowing at once is a family favorite. When taking a group of passengers for a ride, using only the forward rowing stations works well.

This fixed-seat traditional rowing model features built-in buoyancy forward and aft, and is also available with a solid teak floorboard system or a fully-buoyant “Ocean Tender Floor” which adds substantial extra reserve buoyancy to the boat (an important safety feature).


Owner Steve Jorgenson reports:

“I think I’ve already exceeded the annual legal limit on fun. The Whitehall is so stunningly beautiful that whenever I’m parked somewhere.”


Owner Robert Dunshee reports:

“The boat rows like a dream. My wife and I row tandem, but the boat rows equally well (not as fast, of course) solo. It is beautiful and we take a not-so-well-concealed pride in all the approving comments we get. In fact, being in the boat is like being a part of a lovely piece of sculpture! It’s art that one can use. The boat is easy to trailer – very important to us because we want to use it frequently; at least once or twice a week.”


BASE PRICE: $16,490.00
Complete boat with solid teak woodwork, bronze fittings, lapstrake fiberglass hull, bilge drain/plug, maintenance kit, bronze builder’s plaque, & How to Row DVD – ready to row.

Pricing PDF: Whitehall Spirit® 17 Traditional Row Model

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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 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 16’11” (5.2 m) Weight 272 lbs (123 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)
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Teak floorboards $3245.00 USD
Ocean tender fully buoyant floor $3250.00 USD
Stern motor pad $122.00 USD
Stainless steel keel strip $588.00 USD
Slide seat unit (includes hinged bronze outriggers) $2256.00 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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