Tango 17® Double Slide Seat Sculling Whitehall Rowboat

Rowing a Whitehall Spirit® “All Water” Tango 17® rowboat will change your life for the better.

  • Slide seat rowing is one of the best ways to get in perfect shape and stay that way.
  • This “all water” double scull rowboat offers stability, comfort, and safety that is not possible in any rowing shell and you can row the Tango 17 by yourself or row it with a partner. You can also take along a friend or your dog.
  • This rowboat is ideal for oceans lakes or rivers, It’s excellent for sculling in calm water and also handles extremely well in wind and waves. Built-in buoyancy makes it virtually unsinkable.
  • It’s ergonomically correct. Expert rowers and novices alike all love how it feels and handles.
  • The Tango 17® is the world’s first and only thermoformed co-polymer double position sculling boat. Tough, light and virtually maintenance free. It’s UV proof hull and interior requires no upkeep. Simply few wipe it down with a damp cloth when needed. Unlike fiberglass the high gloss shine lasts for life. (link with the care and maintenance solo tango article)

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Zeno Muller, (6’2” 240lbs) Olympic Gold Rower, holder of the fastest single scull 2000 meter event for 15 years says:

“When I row my Tango 17® three of my passions come together, family, health and rowing. It’s perfect for rowing in calms or wing and waves. An ideal training platform for beginners of any age and perfect for families to enjoy the art and sport of sculling while getting fit and staying healthy.”
The hull and deck are constructed from an ultra-strong co-polymer plastic using a heat/vacuum forming process called thermoforming. Co-polymer is rigid and stiff and will not change shape like rotocast polyethylene does when exposed to direct sunlight. Co-polymer is also much more impact-resistant than fiberglass hull construction and is virtually maintenance-free.

The exterior and interior have an acrylic coating called Solarkote® bonded to the surface that is UV-proof. That means the boat retains a glossy yacht-like finish and stays shiny and looking good for years. An ‘interdeck’ bonded between the hull and deck further stiffens the boat and reinforces the cockpit deck, track tower bases, and footstop mounts, which are subject to the major forces of the rowing process. The double hull construction makes the Tango 17® virtually unsinkable just like the Solo 14™ model.

The metals and copolymer plastic used in construction of the Tango 17® are 100% recyclable. See more details on the features page.

Length Overall : 17′ (5.18 m) Waterline Length : 16′ 5″ (5 m)
Height Overall : 26″ (66 cm) Weight Overall : 200lbs (90 kg)
Pin-to-Pin Width : 63″ (160 cm) Beam : 46″ (117 cm)
Draft : 6″ (15 cm) Depth : 18″ (46 cm)
Track Travel : 36″ (91.5 cm) Top Speed : 5.5 Knots (9.26 kph)
Carrying Capacity : 800lbs (364 kg) Person Capacity : 1-5
To keep the Tango 17® looking new, all that’s required is a few minutes spent wiping it down with a damp cloth when needed. This means there is much more time to spend actually using the boat.

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The Tango 17® comes equipped with all of the features shown below as standard and included. The only factory options to consider are the stainless steel keelstrip, motor pads and a custom boat name. These can be seen under “Factory Options” in the Accessories section of the website.


Sliding Seat
This slide seat design has been used for over a century. Seat holes and cutaway fit the coccyx and sit bones. Anodized tracks allow smooth sliding.


Adjustable foot stretcher fits any leg length. Velcro straps enable regular footwear to be worn by the rower. Heel cups adjust up or down for varying shoe sizes.


These cast aluminum outriggers create the correct span for 9’6” carbon fiber sculling oars. The rower can remain seated when the outrigger is hinged inboard.


Outriggers Inboard
Outriggers hinge inboard when coming alongside a dock or boat. By being closer to the dock, the boat is more stable, safer and easier to get into or out of.


Fixed Seat
The sliding seat removes easily and the fixed seat snaps into place. The fixed seat stows between the track risers, flush to the floor for convenient storage.


Traditional Oar Socket
Oarlock sockets cast into the outrigger bases allow traditional “oars on the gunnel” style rowing using either or both of the fixed seats.


Top quality nonskid located on the cockpit floor prevents slipping and makes it safer and easier to move around. Dog-friendly.


Drain plug
Pulling the plug when storing the boat out of the water keeps the hull from collecting rain water and makes draining easier when hosing the boat down.


Mushroom Cleat
Cleats are used for hanging fenders or spring lines when tying to a dock. The mushroom shape has no sharp corners to help prevent snagging on clothing.


Batten Ends
The batten ends come installed ready for battens. Battens enable a boat cover to shed rain water. See the accessories page for ordering a set of custom Lexan battens.


Sturdy Bow/Stern eyes
A recessed bow eye protects other boats from damage and takes the worry out of coming alongside. They are strong enough to lift or tow the boat.


Conveniently secure your cushions or gear using these durable plastic tie downs, suitable for webbing strap.


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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