Shoreside conversations suddenly stop when a pair of rowers stroke into view rowing a Whitehall Spirit® 17 double-position “all water” sculling rowboat. With two sliding seat stations, this boat cruises right along. If there’s wave action or a chop on the water, no problem – that’s what these boats are designed to handle.

Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Double Slide Seat Sculling Rowboat

This Classic Whitehall Spirit® rowboat is impeccably built to last 100 years or more providing rowing pleasure for generations of rowers. Our commitment to highest quality plus superior design makes this the ultimate boat of its type in the marketplace. It is CE certified and US Coast Guard approved. Built-in buoyancy makes it virtually unsinkable.

As with all our models, this boat is right at home on the deck of a yacht, at the cabin, parked on a dock, or on a trailer in the garage.

This double position slide seat Whitehall provides stability, comfort, and safety even while rowing in wind and waves. Works equally well for beginners and experienced or even hard-core competitive rowers, for fitness training or cross-training for those who desire a low-impact, full-body workout.

Unlike a narrow rowing shell there is room for a friend plus your dog and gear. Whether rowing in calm water or wind and waves on lakes, rivers and oceans, this boat makes you feel good. It can be easily rowed by a single rower.

5 to 6 knots (10 to 12 km/h) can be maintained for hours with little strain on the rowers. Rowing with a sliding seat uses 800 calories per hour, about double that of jogging without stress on the knees, joints, or connective tissues. The long, smooth glide needs to be experienced and enjoyed.

It’s fitted with two removable sliding seat units, bronze outriggers, and 9’6″ sculls. The slide seat can be removed or installed in a minute or two converting the boat to a double fixed seat rowboat.

An optional solid teak floorboard system is available as well as a fully buoyant “Ocean Tender Floor” which adds substantial extra reserve buoyancy to the boat.

This Classic Whitehall Spirit® sculling model is also available as a Traditional Fixed Seat Rowboat, a Sailing Model or the top-of-the-line Whitehall Spirit® Expedition Model.

Owner Charlie Parks reports:

“I arrived safe and sound in Seattle in mid-August after rowing my 17′ Whitehall down from Skagway, Alaska through the Northwest Inside Passage. The Whitehall Spirit® 17 sculling rowboat proved to be the better choice over the 14′ only because it held more gear, enabling me to row the entire 1100-mile journey with another rowing partner.”

Base Price $29,995 USD

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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 below shows close-up details of the fine workmanship.
    Length 16’11” (5.2 m) Weight 305 lbs (138 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)
    Teak floorboards $3450.00 USD
    Ocean tender fully buoyant floor $3400.00 USD
    Stern motor pad $150.00 USD
    Stainless steel keel strip $750.00 USD
    Jiffy Reefing $528.00 USD
    Single slide seat (one in middle) -$2600.00 USD

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    How to Order

    Many customers first print the “Pricing and Accessories PDF”, in the “Pricing” tab above, for the boat they are planning to purchase, and then check-off the items they are interested in before calling or sending it to us. This is a good way to begin the process.

    Alternatively, you can call to discuss your options, especially if you are unsure about what Whitehall boat model you are interested in. Your order may be as simple as a basic rowing model with oars, or as elaborate as a slide-seat rowing & sailing model with accessories, delivered to another continent.

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