Prized for its use as a dinghy, tender, small rowboat or even as a sailing boat, the Minto rows exceptionally well with one, two or three adults on board.
According to retired boat builder Les Curley, in the late 1950s the “original” wooden hull was found washed up on the grounds of “Our Lady Minto Hospital” on Saltspring Island by builder Ed Hoppen who named it the “Minto”. It was estimated to have been built at the turn of the century. The original builder is unknown. Ed took the hull down to his shop in Gig Harbor, Washington USA where he built the fist fiberglass models using the original as a pattern. Les purchased the rights from Ed for producing it in the early 60s. Over the next ten years, he built over a thousand hulls at his shop ‘Pelagic Pacific Boatbuilders’ in Victoria, British Columbia. A curious thing about the Minto is that the third strake down at the bow is a little narrow and its been faithfully reproduced that way for all these years.
Whitehall Rowing & Sail first produced the Minto 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.
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 a variety of wave conditions and is also renowned for stability when boarding. The full bow shape and tracking skeg allows for safe and easy towing. The Minto handles a small outboard quite 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 and 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.
|Length||9’1” (2.7 m)||Weight||130 lbs (58.9 kg)|
|Beam||50″ (127 cm)||Power||2-4 hp LS-OB|
|Depth||17″ (43.18 cm)||Persons||1-3 (480 lbs / 217.7 kg)|
|Draft||6″ (15.24 cm)||Floorboard||Add 28 lbs (12.7 kg)|
|Teak floorboards||$1616.00 USD|
|Ocean tender fully buoyant floor||$1485.00 USD|
|Stern motor pad||$122.00 USD|
|Stainless steel keel strip||$552.00 USD|
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Many customers first print the “Pricing and Accessories PDF”, in the “Pricing” tab above, for the boat they are planning to purchase, and then check-off the items they are interested in before calling or sending it to us. This is a good way to begin the process.
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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