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About Harold Aune

Harold loves rowing, sailing, diving, paddling and anything water related. He co-founded Whitehall Rowing & Sail with Marie in 1987. Together they founded the Whitehall Spirit® product line which now includes the Oar Board®. Read more on Harold at HaroldAune.ca “I’ve designed and produced a lot of boats and equipment over the years. The Oar Board has been the most gratifying project so far.”

A Freshly Minted Classic Whitehall Spirit® 14 Slide Seat Rowboat

Here’s a fly around view of a freshly minted classic Whitehall Spirit® 14 Slide Seat Rowboat fitted with a fully buoyant ocean tender floor. This boat also features optional lifting eyes to enable the owner to hoist it up onto the deck of a larger boat where it will rest in chocks on [...]

What is the Best Rowboat for Exercise and Fitness

This is a question we are asked often at boat shows and on social media. People are becoming more aware of the benefits of exercise and want to be active while they are outdoors. They already know that rowing is good exercise, but what they want to know is what kind of rowboat is the [...]

Whitehall Spirit® Rowboats – The Complete Collection

The Whitehall Spirit® brand includes an extensive line of unique, elegant rowboats produced since 1987 by Whitehall Rowing & Sail in Victoria, BC. These boats are built and delivered to discerning customers located worldwide. These are impeccably built boats that appeal to people with a spirit of adventure and particularly those who love being outside [...]

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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