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Who Buys a Whitehall Rowboat?

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A good question, with many answers.

Whitehall Rowing and Sail sell our all-water rowboats to a variety of people that I’ve loosely categorized as the following. Some overlap categories, while others defy categorization:

“I Used to Crew in College”

At boat shows we get this a LOT! People in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s… all pining for the days of rowing sweep, port side, starboard oar, stroke, or sculling back in high school and or college. Many want to row again, and have thought about it for years but can’t afford the time, or their lives (i.e. families, kids, careers) don’t allow them the time to get back into a regimented club program, or they’re just not interested in being competitive any longer. But they DO want to row again.

Learning about the all-water, stable, high performance rowboats we offer makes them realize they can row again, at their leisure, anywhere, and with kids, or with novice rowing partners, and even with dogs on board. Hmmm, they think. Next thing you know, they’re relaying their credit card number over the phone for the deposit, and we know they’re wearing a big smile.

Expedition Adventure, R2AK, Race To Alaska, Diana and Peter 2015, Whitehall Rowing and Sail Rowboat

Expedition Types & Adventurers

Intrepid explorers of all sorts look at our boats and think “adventure!” We’ve had as many as three double crews in one year row our Whitehall Spirit Tango 17s the 40 or so miles from Port Townsend, Washington USA to Victoria, British Columbia Canada (yes, with their passports in a dry bag) in the first leg of the R2AK (Race to Alaska).

We had a boat specially ordered to row 1,200 miles down the Yukon River.

Our Tango 17 only weighs in at 200 lbs yet it can carry up to 800 lbs of crew and gear. Take it out for a day, a week, or on an extended expedition. The only limit is your imagination!

Fitness, Cross-Training, Triathletes, Design, Datoure, Whitehall Rowing and Sail Rowboat

Fitness Junkies

These might be hard-core cyclists, or triathletes looking to expand their cross-training regime with something like rowing to “keep it fresh.” Check out my recent blog on the many benefits of rowing for triathletes.

Others just live for the poetry in motion of a beautifully executed rowing stroke, and how doing that for an hour or four “strokes” their endorphins.

Healing Sports, Chris Crowley, Fitness, Whitehall Rowing and Sail Rowboat

Subscribers to the “Healing Sports”

Ever read the book Younger Next Year? The author embraces the benefits of participating in what he calls the “healing sports” as we age. These are the activities that typically make us feel better after we participate in them, rather than worse. What these sports (swimming, cycling, rowing & cross country skiing) have in common is they are generally full-body activities and non-impact. Taking good care of ourselves, especially our joints, as we age is very important.

Rowing is ideal in that it works almost all major muscle groups (strength), it gets your heartrate up (cardio), and stretches your back, glutes, and legs (flexibility).

Though competitive rowers start at an early age, you can never be too old to row, especially in a stable boat like a Whitehall.

Tender, Minto, Transom, Yacht, Whitehall Rowing and Sail Rowboat

As a Tender

People just love our 9’ Minto and 11’ 6” Westcoast boat models as tenders for larger boats. Be they sailors or power boaters, our boats add a touch of class to any and all boats. We’ve sold them to sit on the deck of a 190 foot expedition yacht, and to be towed behind a 42 foot sailboat. The unparalleled workmanship combined with their versatility made one customer call them “functional art.”

What do you do for exercise when spending a month cruising on your boat? Get in your Whitehall and slide seat row 5-10 km every morning while at anchor or in port. What a great way to stay fit and explore an area.

About the Author:

Michael is the Sales Manager at Whitehall Rowing & Sail and lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Michael started with Whitehall in early 2016. We immediately turned him loose on our boat sales division. Okay that’s not entirely true – we taught him to row first. He’s also into long distance cycling, tennis, hiking, swimming, skate skiing, and trail running. He has taken to slide seat rowing without missing a stroke. “There is nothing better than starting or ending my day with an hour or two on the ocean rowing with the harbour seals.”


  1. Jack D. August 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Beautiful boats. They look so well made. I checked your Help Me Choose section… where do I start in knowing which boat would be best for my family?

    • Michael Marek August 9, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Jack, Thanks for your comment and interest in our boats. A call to us might be the best way to begin the process. We can walk through your interests be they rowing alone or double, fixed seat or slide seat, sailing or no… rowing with the dog or kids, fishing, crabbing, or using the boat as a tender for a larger boat… I would be happy to take the time to investigate with you. Call me toll free 1.800.663.7481. Cheers, Michael

  2. Ellen Strong August 16, 2017 at 6:43 am - Reply

    I received my Oar Board SUP Rowing kit for my 60th birthday two weeks ago. It is the best thing I have ever owned. I am able to launch, row and return by myself without needing a partner or safety launch. I can’t wait for the cooler weather and the rougher water that often keeps our club rowers off the water. I hope to row year round.

    Ellen in Keyport, Washington

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