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.