Shoreside conversations come to a stop when a pair of rowers stroke into view rowing a Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 double-position ‘all water’ rowboat. With two sliding seat stations and two rowers on the sculling oars 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. This boat can be easily rowed by a single rower.

This Classic Whitehall Spirit® rowboat provides stability, comfort, and safety even while rowing in wind and waves. Beginners and experienced or hard-core competitive rowers all love rowing this boat. It’s totally suited for fitness training, rehab or cross-training for those who desire a low-impact, full-body workout. Or to simply enjoy the pleasure of getting out on the water sculling in a fine rowing boat while breathing fresh clean air.

Along with two rowers there is room for a third person and perhaps a dog and other gear. Whether rowing on lakes, rivers and oceans, this boat simply makes you feel good in body and mind. Three to 5 knots (6 to 10 km/h) can be maintained for hours.

Doctors and health professionals recommend slide seat sculling because it is a low impact, full body exercise. It uses up to 90% of your muscles, including both legs at once to initiate the stroke. It involves little to no stress on the knees and burns twice the calories as jogging. Perfect for joint conditioning, cardio and weight control. To learn more about slide seat sculling or perhaps how to teach yourself to row check out our How To Slide Seat Row by Olympic Gold Rower Adam Kreek.

This boat is fitted with two removable sliding seat units with hinging bronze outriggers. These ultra-tough manganese bronze riggers fold inboard and make coming alongside a high dock, seawall, or yacht, safe and simple. This also makes boarding and exiting the boat much easier. If tying to a dock is part of your plans, consider adding a set of tie-up lines and fenders to your order.

This boat is set up for any standard sculling oars but we stock and can supply Club Style carbon fiber sculling oars that can be shipped along with your boat. The slide seats can be removed or installed in a minute or two and the included fixed seats installed. This converts the boat into a three position fixed seat traditional rowboat that also can be rowed by one two or three people.

If you require traditional oars we supply the best available. There is a choice of Spruce/Carbon Traditional Oars with Leather collars and pressure cast oarlocks or all Carbon Fiber Traditional Oars with plastic collars and offset oarlocks.

Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Double Slide Seat Sculling Rowboat

Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Double Slide Seat Sculling Rowboat with Optional Solid Teak Floor

This Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 rowboat comes complete with solid teak woodwork, copper riveted gunnels, custom cast bronze fittings, an impeccably finished lapstrake fiberglass hull, two slide seat units, three removable fixed seats for traditional rowing that make way for the slide seat units to be installed or removed, hinged bronze outriggers, traditional bronze oarlocks, bilge drain/plug, and a bronze builder’s plaque.

Factory optional features include a removable Solid Teak Floor or the Ocean Tender Fully Buoyant Floor. Substantial extra reserve buoyancy to the boat is added with an Ocean Tender Floor, great for when the boat is used as a ship’s tender or shore boat. With no one aboard, simply pull the drain plug and the boat will self-bail. When it rains, with the plug pulled the boat self-bails. Other factory options include a Stainless-steel Keel Strip or a custom name.

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

This Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 sculling model is also available as a Traditional Fixed Seat Rowboat, a Sailing Model or the top-of-the-line Whitehall Spirit® Expedition Model.

Maintenance involves cleaning the teak and applying a coat of exterior teak oil and requires only about three hours per year. See the article on Care, Storage & Maintenance of your Classic Whitehall Spirit® boat.

This Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 is right at home on the deck of a yacht, at the cottage, on a trailer in the garage or parked on a dock. If stored outside and exposed to weather on a Dock Bunk, small boat trailer or a Boat Dolly, we highly recommended fitting it out with Lexan battens and a fitted waterproof Sunbrella cover.

Purchasers often require explanations or further information. We are happy to offer our assistance either by a voice phone call or by email. Please also call or email to get a quote for a Classic Whitehall Spirit® and accessories delivered to your driveway or cottage anywhere in southern Canada, the mainland USA, or shipped elsewhere. We offer certified custom crating for offshore boat orders and have shipped worldwide for over 30 years. At present there are thousands of Whitehall Spirit® boat owners located in over 52 countries.

Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Double Slide Seat Sculling Rowboat with Optional Ocean Tender Floor

Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Double Slide Set Sculling with Optional Ocean Tender Floor

Boat Only: $34,595 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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