The Whitehall Spirit® Minto 9 rowing model is prized as a ship’s tender, pond boat, traditional rowboat, and as a sailing dinghy. It easily handles rowing in stiff chop or moderate waves and is delightful to row anywhere in calm water. One Minto circled the planet as the ship’s tender to the ocean cruising sailboat ‘Sunlight” and was appropriately named “Sunbeam”.

The Minto rows well with one, two, or three adults aboard. It has generous freeboard and is also renowned for its stability when boarding. The full bow shape and tracking keel are great for towing behind a larger boat. The strong bow eye is suitable for towing and used together with the stern eyes is great for hoisting it aboard.

The Minto 9 handles a light, small outboard very well when with the optional motor pad. The Minto 9 Sailing model is fitted with an efficient, practical standing lug rig. Its large sail area, possible on a low mast, reduces the heeling moment (tendency to tip) while maintaining good sailing performance. This rig sets up fast and easy. The freestanding mast requires no wires or stays and simply drops into its socket or lifts out to stow right inside the boat along with the mainsail and boom.

The Classic Whitehall Spirit® Minto sailing model is a joy to sail and enjoy the skills of sailing by salty, experienced sailors or those wanting to learn the art of sailing or introduce kids to the sport of sailing and the skills of small boat handling.

The History of the Minto 9

Retired West Coast boat builder Les Curly maintains that in the 1950s, the “original” wooden Minto 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 in wood by an unknown builder at the turn of the century. In the late 1950s, Ed took the hull down to his shop in Gig Harbor, Washington, USA. where he built the first several fiberglass models using the original as a pattern. Years later, several hundred more Mintos were produced by Ranger Yachts based in Seattle, Washington.

‘Pelagic Pacific Boatbuilders’, owned by Les Curley, purchased a Minto mold from Ed Hoppen in the early 60s. Over the next ten years, Les built over a thousand hulls at his shop in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Whitehall Rowing & Sail first produced the Whitehall Spirit® 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 popular as a small rowboat on lakes and ponds across North America.

One curious thing about the Classic Whitehall Spirit® Minto 9 is that the third lapstrake down at the bow is a little narrow. It’s been faithfully reproduced that way ever since it was first reproduced in fiberglass.

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Minto 9' Rowing Tender Whitehall Rowing and Sail Rowboat

Classic Whitehall Spirit® Minto 9’ Dinghy, Tender, Pond Boat

If you require a pair of oars, there is a choice of Spruce/Carbon Traditional Oars with Leather collars and pressure cast oarlocks or all Carbon Fiber Traditional Oars with plastic collars and offset oarlocks.

The Minto can be stored outside on a Boat Dolly, a small boat trailer or a rack exposed to weather. Use of Lexan battens and a fitted Sunbrella® cover is highly recommended. If tying up to a dock is part of the scenario, consider adding a set of tie-up lines and fenders to your order.

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

The Classic Whitehall Spirit® Minto 9 is usually available in inventory or on a custom build-to-order basis. Custom features and gelcoat colors are available. Options include custom lift rings or snap davits for transom mounting.

All Whitehall Spirit® boats are impeccably hand built by our master craftsmen in our shop in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Call or email for a firm quote including delivery with accessories to your driveway or cottage anywhere in Canada or the mainland USA or shipped worldwide. Whitehall Spirit® rowboat owners are located in over 52 countries.

Minto 9' Rowing Tender Whitehall Rowing and Sail Rowboat with Teak Floorboard

Classic Whitehall Spirit® Minto 9’ Dinghy, Tender, Pond Boat with Teak Floorboard

Row Model
Price Before Options:

$11,995 USD

Includes complete boat ready to row, fiberglass hull, teak woodwork, bronze transom and bow caps, and bow-eye suitable for towing plus stern eyes suitable for hoisting and forward rowing station (extra set of oarlock bases for rowing from the forward seat).

Sail Model
Price Before Options:

$15,995 USD

Includes all rowing features plus mast step, teak daggerboard, well cap and well, gudgeons and pintels, teak rudder/tiller, solid spruce mast, boom and lug, mainsail, running rigging and teak blocks.

Other options and accessories are available.

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More info and to place your order:

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 52 countries.

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)
Stainless steel keel strip $775.00 USD
Forward rowing station (extra set of oarlocks for rowing from the forward seat) $275.00 USD
Teak floorboards $2160.00 USD
Ocean tender fully buoyant floor $2380.00 USD
Stern motor pad $310.00 USD
Lift rings (Note that: this boat can be hoisted using the existing bow and stern eyes) $600.00 USD

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