The Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 sailing rowboat delights everyone from beginner to the most ardent sailor with its ease of handling and its classy efficient sail rig. It sails comfortably with one, two, three, or even four adults aboard. It can sail in quite shallow water due to its kick-up pivoting bronze centreboard and rudder. The midship fixed seats are removable for ease of crew movement or more space while sailing.

This boat sails well in lighter wind and has jiffy reefing lines on the mainsail for shortening sail in higher winds. Reefs can be added while out sailing. If the wind drops it’s a pleasure to use the oars and enjoy a smooth row home. This boat rows at 3 to 5 knots (5k to 8k) and faster for brief periods. It sails much faster than when rowing. With the bronze centerboard and rudder retracted the boat will float in 6” (15cm) of water. It’s perfect for landing on beaches and exploring ashore.

The large sail area and low center of effort reduces heeling (tendency to lean) under sail. The rig sets up or lowers in minutes. The free-standing mast requires no stays or wires and slips into the mast socket or lifts out to stow within the boat.

With the mast, boom, sailing gear and fixed seats all removed one or two optional slide seat sculling units can be installed to slide seat row by yourself or with a friend. This boat is stable and safe even while rowing in wind and waves. With just the traditional fixed seats installed the boat can be rowed by one, two, or three people.

Three people rowing at once is a fun family activity and this boat will cruise smoothly along at 5 to 6 knots (10-12K), amazing any bystanders.

We supply the best traditional oars available with a choice of Spruce/Carbon Traditional Oars with sewn leather collars and pressure cast oarlock ,and, all Carbon Fiber Traditional Oars with plastic collars and offset oarlocks.

It is available with an optional Solid Teak Floorboard or a fully buoyant Ocean Tender Floor that adds substantial reserve buoyancy and with the drain plug pulled the empty boat will self-bail.

Other factory options include a stainless-steel keel strip or a classy custom name. Check out the sailing gear options on the sailing gear accessories page.

This Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Sailing model 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 outside on a dock bunk on a trailer, or boat dolly, exposed to weather, Lexan battens and a fitted Sunbrella cover are recommended to keep the boat pristine. If tying up to a dock consider adding a set of tie-up lines and fenders to your order.

This boat is also available as an Expedition 17 model, which is a package that includes most of the available options including the slide seat sculling gear.

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

Like all Classic Whitehall Spirit® boats it is impeccably constructed by our master craftsmen in Victoria, BC. It is built to last for 100 years providing sailing and rowing pleasure for generations. Our commitment to producing the highest quality and 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.

Phone 1-844-880-5151 or email for a quote for a Classic Whitehall Spirit® and accessories custom delivered by our truck and driver to your driveway, cottage, or marina, in southern Canada, mainland USA, or shipped anywhere in the world. We offer certified custom crating for offshore orders. We have shipped worldwide for over 30 years. Thousands of Whitehall Spirit® boat owners are in over 52 countries.


Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Sail Model with Ocean Tender Floor and also set up for Slide Seat Sculling Gear.

John Sund & Terry Gardiner say:

“The 17 foot Whitehall is a great boat for a long-distance rowing venture through the Inside Passage. With very little work adding a few devices to assist in a long-distance rowing venture, the Whitehall was ready to travel. It rows easily with two slide seats, carries the gear needed for a remote camping adventure, and has great stability to handle wind and waves. The drop keel helps maintain track and reduce roll. The Whitehall 17 is a fun boat for day trips or just going for a row!”

Plus another great comment from John & Terry:

“Great rowing adventure. We rowed for 20 days and 400 miles through the Inside Passage from Seattle, Washington, USA to Port Hardy, BC, Canada camping on the beaches. We anchored the boat or, using inflatable rollers, moved the boat up and down the beach when there was not a safe harbor. We traveled through incredible scenery and wildlife viewing.”

Price Before Options:

$39,995 USD

Complete boat with solid teak woodwork, bronze fittings, lapstrake fiberglass hull, bilge drain/plug, bronze builder’s plaque, three fixed seat rowing stations, pivoting bronze centerboard, kick-up rudder, Spruce mast, boom and lug, mainsail, jib, and sailing gear – ready to row or sail.

Pricing PDF: Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Sailing Rowboat

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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.
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)
Mainsail Area 80 sq ft, 8 sq m Jib 25 sq ft, 2.5 sq m
Centerboard Down 22″ (56 cm)
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Teak floorboards $4725.00 USD
Ocean tender fully buoyant floor $4320.00 USD
Stern motor pad $385.00 USD
Stainless steel keel strip $970.00 USD
Jiffy reefing $528.00 USD
Single slide seat with two positions $3200.00 USD
Double slide seat with two positions $5600.00 USD
Jib Jammers (one pair) $420.00 USD

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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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