Westcoast Lifeguard Rowboat

Back in 90’s designer Harold Aune was asked to help design and produce a rowboat specifically for use as a lifeguard patrol boat. This was to replace an aging fleet of wooden rowing boats used by the City of Vancouver Lifeguards to patrol the waters of English Bay. They required a boat that handled well in rough, shallow water.

The Westcoast rowboat was designed by Rudy Kirmshe in 1971. His design called for a rowing boat ideal for family use, with ease of rowing and handling. The Westcoast 11.6 has an “untucked” transom rather than the “wineglass” shape of a Whitehall. The fuller hull shape adds buoyancy, making the boat suitable for carrying a heavier load or towing a distressed swimmer back to the beach.

The Westcoast 11.6 is almost identical in size to the old “woodies” the lifeguards had used for over thirty years. Minor modifications make it ideal for lifeguard patrol duties. It features extensive built in buoyancy in two side tanks and eliminating the danger of swamping or sinking. A stainless steel through-bolted keel strip with a teak backing piece elevates and protects the keel itself from countless beach landings.

The gunnels are built extra tough to handle continuous heavy rowing loads. There are two sets of oarlocks for both shorter or taller lifeguards plus another rowing station forward for use when passengers are carried.

The Westcoast 11.6 Lifeboat has some serious advantages over the fine old wood boats. They never require painting and the teak woodwork is weatherproof. Repairs and maintenance are both minimal. Plus they are gorgeous to look at, with sweet lines and their lap-strake style hull.

BASE PRICE: $13,500.00 USD

Complete boat with solid teak woodwork, bronze fittings as shown, lap-strake fiberglass hull with red topside strake, lifeguard lettering on both sides and on the transom, stainless steel teak wood backed through-bolted keel strip, bilge drain/plug, and the bronze builder’s plaque.

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 gunnels, and the bow and transom fittings are custom-cast bronze. The Attention to Detail photos below show close-up views of the impeccable workmanship. The woodwork is of hand selected solid teak. 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 305 lbs (138 kg)
Beam 52″ (132 cm) Depth 18″ (46 cm)
Draft 6″ (15 cm) Persons 1-5 (825 lbs/375 kg)
Ocean tender fully buoyant floor $3400.00 USD
Stern motor pad $122.00 USD
Stainless steel teak backed keels strip Standard
Slide seat option not available with this model

Attention To Detail

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