Tyee Spirit®14 Fishing Rowboat

Campbell River is a small community on the east coast of Vancouver Island where in early fall a large run of Chinook Salmon return to the river to spawn. Those fish that have matured to over 30 lbs are called “Tyee” salmon. Around 1910 Ned Painter, a local boatbuilder, began building beautiful lapstrake cedar [...]

Minto 9’ Rowing Tender

Prized for its use as a dinghy, tender, small rowboat or even as a sailing boat, the Minto rows exceptionally well with one, two or three adults on board. According to retired boat builder Les Curley, in the late 1950s the “original” wooden hull was found washed up on the grounds [...]

What to Wear Rowing

Just like any activity, rowing is better if you’re properly dressed for it, and for the conditions you’ll be rowing in. Obviously, you’ll wear more clothes in cooler weather, and less in the warmer weather. In consideration of the weather, here are a few tips you can follow: Clothes (Upper Half & Lower Half) In [...]

History of the Whitehall Rowboat Part III

Moving ahead to the present day, the growing interest in fitness and clean, pollution free, outdoor recreation has created a growing resurgence of interest in Whitehall rowboats that are built lightweight, in state of the art materials, and fitted with efficient slide seat rowing/sculling gear. The largest builder of Whitehall rowboats in the word is [...]

History of the Whitehall Rowboat Part II

Captain Smith, born in Boston in 1869, tells us in a 1943 ‘Rudder’ magazine article, the story of a deep water boarding house owner and ships pilot named Captain Alfred Sorenson. “This man usually got what he went after, whether he was in quest of sailors for his boarding-house or to pluck a fellow being [...]

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