‘Pelagic Pacific Boatbuilders’ owned by Les Curley purchased a Minto mold from Ed Hopen in the early 60s. Over the next ten years, he built over a thousand hulls at his shop in Victoria, British Columbia.
Whitehall Rowing & Sail first produced the Minto 9 in 1988. The elegant fiberglass teak and bronze ‘treatment’ given to this little classic makes it popular for adorning the decks of sailboats, on transoms of motor yachts, or being towed smoothly along behind. It’s also popular as a small rowboat lakes and ponds all across America.
Where the Minto really excels is how it handles, rowing exceptionally well with one, two, or three adults on board. Due to generous freeboard, well-positioned seats and oarlocks, this boat performs efficiently in light wave conditions and is also renowned for stability when boarding.
One curious thing about the Minto is that the third strake down at the bow is a little narrow. It’s been faithfully reproduced that way ever since it was first reproduced.
The full bow shape and tracking keel allow for safe and easy towing. The Minto 9 handles a small outboard very well with its reasonably flat aft bottom proportions and robust transom.
After a few years out of production it is available once again on a build-to-order basis, complete, ready to row, with a fiberglass hull, teak woodwork, bronze transom & bow caps, and bow eye suitable for towing plus stern eyes suitable for hoisting. Options include custom lift rings or snap davits for transom mounting along with other custom features. Like all Whitehall Spirit® boats it is impeccably hand made by our master craftsmen in our shop in Victoria BC and is a rowboat built to last 100 years.
The complete boat includes an impeccable fiberglass hull, teak woodwork, bronze transom & bow caps, bow eye suitable for towing plus stern eyes suitable for hoisting. Custom features are available and contact us by phone or email to discuss details.