The Westcoast 11.6 rowboat was designed by Rudy Kirmshe in 1971. Rudy’s design criteria called for a rowboat ideal for family use, or a yacht tender and specifically good for ease of rowing and handling in calms, wind or waves with three or four adults aboard.
The Westcoast 11.6 has an “untucked” full transom rather than the “wineglass” shape of a Whitehall. The fuller hull shape adds buoyancy aft, making the boat suitable for carrying a heavier load and if desired, a small motor such as the Torqeedo electric outboard.
Two rowing stations enable a choice of rowing position depending on the load aboard. With no load aboard, it is usually rowed from the aft position, but the forward and aft position enables a choice and the ability to trim the boat effectively. It is not designed for tandem rowing (two persons rowing at the same time) though there are two stations.
Many have been built as lifeguard patrol boats and have proven to be very successful.
We recommend 8’ oars for this model, set up for non-overlapped use.
It is available with an optional solid teak floorboard system or a fully-buoyant “Ocean Tender Floor” which adds substantial extra reserve buoyancy to the boat. The forward storage locker enables gear such as small gas tanks, tackle boxes, or lifejackets to be left aboard, dry and secure.
This Classic Whitehall Spirit® Westcoast 11.6 model is also available with slide seat sculling gear or as a sailing model. It has also been used extensively as a lifeguard patrol rowboat.
Here are links to videos on How to Sail and How to Slide Seat Scull and How to Row Fixed Seat available for those who may want to teach themselves to row sail or scull.