Our version of the traditional Whitehall is the ideal boat for the person or family who enjoys the look and performance of classic design. It easily carries four adults, and with one or two people rowing, our Whitehall achieves remarkable speed. We’ve combined the lapstrake style above the waterline with a smooth bottom for the ultimate combination of appearance, strength, and light weight. She is also a very smooth, stable sailer with excellent performance on all points of sail.
Before the invention of the gasoline engine, Whitehalls were the boat of choice for the working harbor. Whitehalls were used by crimps to deliver goods – legal and illegal – to arriving ships; by water taxies to ferry passengers from ship to shore; and even by the shore patrol to chase those same crimps and ne’er-do-wells!
Today’s Whitehall owner will find this boat fast and yet stable, well-suited to fun on the water whether it’s fishing in the bay, a picnic on the far shore, a long row out to watch the sunrise or sunset, or a quick sail on a Sunday afternoon to let the cares of work float away. The long waterline for its length gives the boat a nice carry so that with a steady stroke the boat will stay near hull speed with minimal effort. The straight stem and narrow entry cut the chop for a smooth ride even when the weather kicks up a bit.
An optional sliding rowing seat is available for the person who wants the performance of a rowing shell but still wants load carrying capability. Optional laminated wood trim enhances the traditional look.
~Nat, Lake Chelan WA (14′ Whitehall)
– A. Nelson, Santa Barbara CA (14′ Whitehall)
Ken Poskitt did something that may seem nearly impossible to many – he rowed his 14′ Whitehall from Victoria, BC to Alaska – a trip that turned out to be over 900 miles long!
“I want you to know that my Whitehall performed admirably and was the perfect choice for this trip. The lightness of the fiberglass/Kevlar hull allowed me to easily beach the craft and roll it up the beach on crab trap floats tied in a line on a rope. I then converted the boat to a ‘tent’ and slept inside the entire trip. I never bothered to use the tent I carried. Once your standard boat cover was attached I had a very comfortable place to read and sleep…
“The boat’s seaworthiness was progressively tested. Indeed, using the Concept II sculling oars that I purchased from you, I found I could tackle and overcome 35 mph headwinds. Feathering them forward reduces the wind resistance and then the headwind also drove the oar into the stroke. I used the flexibility of the boat to vary from a standard rowing technique to sculling with the sliding seat. I had replaced your standard straps on the footplate with the anchoring system used on Concept II’s ergometers with great success…
“The real goal in this journey is about taking my time… the challenge is appreciating every moment along the way that’s what I’m trying to teach myself…The people encountered, sights and surprise events are all beyond time and distance. They are timeless and blessings beyond measure…
“ I want you to know that my Gig Harbor Whitehall performed beyond my expectations and was masterfully crafted for the Odyssey I undertook. I would recommend this craft to anyone who asked! Thanks again!”
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|DISPLACEMENT:||145 lbs||125 lbs|
|SAIL AREA:||Main, 57 sq. ft. Jib, 28 sq. ft. Optional Genoa, 32 sq. ft.|