The large sail area possible on a low mast reduces the heeling movement of the boat (tendency to tip) without sacrificing performance. This rig is fast and easy to set up. The free-standing mast requires no stays or wires and simply lifts out to stow within the boat. The mainsail on this standing lug style rig can be tacked across in full control using only the mainsheet. Reefing gear is standard, and the mainsail can be reefed while out on the water.
When there’s no wind or anytime a good fitness row is required, with the sailing gear and fixed seats removed, one or two optional slide seat sculling units with bronze hinging outriggers can be installed. This provides stability, comfort, and safety even while rowing in wind and waves. In sculling mode it is well suited for beginners, experienced or even hard-core competitive rowers, for fitness training or cross-training, for those who desire a low-impact, full-body workout. In slide seat sculling mode, the layout is virtually identical the Whitehall Spirit® Slide Seat Sculling Model.
This model features built-in buoyancy forward and aft and is shown here with the optional removable solid teak floorboard system. An “Ocean Tender Floor” is available as well, which adds substantial extra reserve buoyancy (an important safety feature) to the boat, perfect for when the boat is used as a ship’s tender or shore boat on a large yacht.
This model is also available as an expedition model, which features all of the available options including the slide seat sculling gear.
Like all of the Classic Whitehall Spirit® models this boat is impeccably custom constructed by our master craftsmen in our shop in Victoria, BC. It is built to easily last for 100 years or more providing sailing and rowing pleasure for generations. 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.
Owner Dave Wagner in Chicago reports:
“We continue to receive ooh’s and ahh’s of praise from seasoned boaters.”