The Whitehall Spirit® 17 Expedition rowboat is the flagship of the Whitehall Spirit® line.

It comes as a package, with almost all options included.

This extraordinarily beautiful boat is intended for exploring, camping, heading out for a nice row, fitness session, or a delightful day sail. Wherever it goes, it draws a crowd admiring its fine lines and elegant appearance.

This boat float in only 6 inches of water with its bronze centerboard and kick up rudder fully retracted. This means it can sail or row into quiet, unexplored, uncrowded spots that are not accessible by large craft. It’s totally beachable for landing and exploring the shoreline or setting up camp. It’s easily towed by a larger vessel or on a small trailer behind almost any car for highway or off-road travel.

Sailing the Expedition Model

As with all Whitehall Spirit® models, the sailing gear is quick and easy to set up or remove without the need of specialized tools. The mast simply lifts out or into its reinforced support socket. The mainsail boom includes a bronze clew outhaul fitting. The mast is two-part Sitka spruce, meticulously varnished and fitted with a carbon fiber sleeve. The two parts enables compact stowage inside the boat. The Expedition mast is 6″ longer than the standard 17’ sailing model’s mast to accommodate a roller furling light air jib. This light air jib mounts on the removable teak bowsprit and furls from the cockpit.

The boat can be sailed with the mast set up free standing, however included is a pair of leathered Dyneema running backstays with custom deadeye tensioners that provide better headstay stiffness, sail shape, and windward sailing ability. Jiffy reefing gear on the mainsail is standard. The mainsail can be reefed while out sailing. The fixed seats are removable to provide more space when sailing if desired.

Here is a link to the video showing How to Setup & Rig the Whitehall Spirit® Expedition 17 Sailing Rowboat


For those who desire a low-impact, full-body workout, the slide seat sculling layout is identical to the Whitehall Spirit® Slide Seat Sculling Model. The Expedition 17 package includes two slide seat sculling units with bronze hinging outriggers. The slide seat units can be removed or installed in minutes. Slide seat sculling is an activity that owners enjoy for years on a regular basis for keeping themselves fit and healthy. This package includes two pair of Club Style carbon fiber sculling oars.

Traditional Rowing

With the fixed seats installed the boat can be rowed by one, two or three people.

Included in the package are two pair of Spruce/Carbon Traditional Oars with Leather collars and pressure cast bronze oarlocks.

These will be delivered along with your boat. The aft or center fixed seat rowing stations are best for rowing alone. This boat cruises along at 5 to 6 knots (10-12K), while amazing bystanders.

This Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 is at home on the deck of a yacht, at the cottage, on a trailer in the garage or parked on a dock. If stored and exposed to the elements, on a Dock Bunk, Boat Dolly, or a small boat trailer, use of the Lexan battens and a fitted Sunbrella cover is recommended to keep it pristine.

The Whitehall Spirit® 17 Expedition is custom built by master craftsmen to impeccable standards at our shop in Victoria, BC. It is a rowing sailing boat built to last 100 years. Our commitment to the highest quality and superior design makes this the ultimate boat of its type in the world. It is CE certified, US and Canadian Coast Guard approved. Built-in buoyancy makes it virtually unsinkable.


A fully buoyant floor and a teak floor are both included in the package.

Two removable slide seat sculling units, a two-part carbon fiber sleeved Sitka spruce mast, spectra adjustable running backstays, spruce boom with leathered jaws, mainsail with jiffy reefing, jib, detachable teak bowsprit, roller furling light air jib, jib jammer racks, custom teak blocks, sheets and halyards, solid teak floorboards and fully buoyant ocean tender floor.

At Whitehall Rowing and Sail we have over thirty years of experience with thousands of happy owners. If you have specific questions or requirements do not hesitate to contact us.

We are available by phone or email to provide information or a quote. We offer custom delivery by Company truck and driver to your driveway, cottage or marina in southern Canada or mainland USA. We offer certified custom crating for offshore deliveries. We have shipped worldwide for over 30 years. Thousands of Whitehall Spirit® boat owners are located in over 52 countries.

Call for more information toll free in North America at 1-844-880-5151 or email

Marie Hutchinson and Harold Aune entered the Raid Finland Regatta in 2005 with one of the early Expedition 17 models and raced for a week with a fleet of 21 boats from all over the world sailing and rowing through the Finnish Skerries. The rules were simple with no motors of any kind, only wind and human power allowed. They produced the one-hour documentary movie Whitehall Rowing & Sail at Raid Finland that shows the Whitehall Spirit® Expedition 17 in action.

Harold Aune says:

“At one point in the Raid we were sailing downwind in heavy wind gusts and we had the Whitehall surfing and planning at over 14 knots! We were outrunning the waves in a wild roller coaster ride but managed to stay in control. It was a blast to zoom past the heavier keelboats which were faster than us beating upwind.”

Terry Mutter says:

“To me the Whitehall Spirit 17 Expedition is the epitome of adventure. I love that I can configure the boat for an afternoon picnic cruise for 4 with several folks rowing, going out for a sail, getting some exercise sculling, or combine all 3 configurations and adventuring out on a weekend camping trip to an island.”

Price Before Options:

$74,495 USD

More info and to place your order:

Phone 1-844-880-5151 or email to receive a comprehensive quote that covers fully insured custom curb side delivery via our company truck and driver. This service is available for most locations in the USA or Canada. We also offer worldwide shipping and have shipped Whitehall Spirit® boats to over 50 countries.

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.

The woodwork is hand-picked solid teak, usually bookmatched. It is hand-rubbed with three coats of our special outdoor oil – teak does not require varnish finish. The mast and boom are made from clear, tight-grained Sitka spruce and coated with three coats of marine-quality varnish.

This boat can achieve speeds that are considerably greater than its hull speed when sailing off the wind.

Mainsail Area 80 sq ft, 8 sq m Jib 25 sq ft, 2.5 sq m
Length 16’11” (5.2 m) Weight 319 lbs (145 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)
Centerboard Down 22″ (56 cm) LOA incl. Bowsprit 20′ (6.1 m)
Light Air Jib 45 sq ft, 14 sq m
Choice of either the Solid Teak Floorboards or a Ocean Tender Fully Buoyant Floor Included ($3500.00 USD value)
Stern motor pad $182.00 USD
One Single Slide Seat Sculling Unit (available) (Call or email for details)

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