The pleasure of sailing a Whitehall Spirit® 17 is enhanced by the ease of handling it’s classy and efficient sail rig. This sailing rowboat delights everyone from the beginner to the most ardent sailor with its ability to sail comfortably with three or four adults aboard, carry picnic supplies or camping gear. It can and sail in very shallow water due to its kick-up rudder and bronze centerboard. All the midship fixed seats are removable for ease of crew movement while sailing and can be replaced easily if the wind drops, converting it back into an efficient rowboat.

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.”


Base Price $44,595 USD

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

    Pricing PDF: Classic Whitehall Spirit® 17 Sailing Rowboat

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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 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 $3450.00 USD
    Ocean tender fully buoyant floor $3600.00 USD
    Stern motor pad $200.00 USD
    Stainless steel keel strip $588.00 USD
    Jiffy reefing $528.00 USD
    Single slide seat with two positions $3040.00 USD
    Double slide seat with two positions $4600.00 USD
    Jib Jammers (one pair) $320.00 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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