The Whitehall Spirit® Tyee Sailing rowboat is very fast and easily exceeds its rowing speed of 5 knots as it slips lightly across the water. Requiring only 6 inches of water with the keel and rudder fully retracted, the Tyee 14 can tuck into quiet and uncrowded spots.
The mast and boom is made from clear, tight-grained Sitka spruce and coated with three coats of marine-quality varnish. This boat can achieve speeds that are considerably greater than its hull speed when sailing off the wind. To download a PDF to your computer, right-click on the link and select “Save link as”, “Save target as”, or “Download linked file”. We encourage you to contact us by phone when placing a boat order to ensure that details are handled in the best manner possible.
We fondly refer to the Westcoast 11’6” sailing rowboat as “The Adult Dinghy” because there’s room for one large adult seated comfortably in the aft area between the seats, and one or  two more and perhaps a picnic basket forward of the mid-seat either side of the centerboard well.
It handles crisply due to the large kick-up rudder and cast bronze centerboard, requiring only 6” inches of water to float with the centerboard and rudder fully raised up.
The Westcoast 11.6 sailing rowboat is rigged with an attractive-looking standing lug sail with a 56 square foot area. Like all Whitehall Spirit® boats, it features built-in buoyancy forward and aft, and is shown here with the optional removable solid teak floorboard system. The Spindrift Whitehall rowboat, with its classic horseshoe stern seat design, has many options.
The Whitehall rowboat can be sailed with or without the jib and it handles well in all winds. Building custom rowboats for use in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California and beyond.


The centerboard trunk containing the “rockproof” cast-bronze centerboard provides stability and ease of handling.
This model features built-in buoyancy forward and aft, and is shown here with the optional removable solid teak floorboard system.
The woodwork is solid teak finished in hand-rubbed oil, meaning maintenance is not an issue, and will require only about three hours per year. An “Ocean Tender Floor” is available as well, which adds substantial extra reserve buoyancy (an important safety feature) to the boat, perfect for when the boat is used as a ship’s tender or shoreboat.
This slim craft can carry four passengers easily, is fun under sail, and is suitable for all levels of sailing ability. The gunwales are riveted together with copper nails and roves in the conventional style, making them very strong, and are then sealed in varnish. The flotation chambers have 8? hatch covers for easy access, inspection and storage and are ample and support the boat well. The mast and sprit are made of spruce (unless ordered in mahogany) so it matches the woodwork on the rest of the boat and the seats which are fixed at the rowing stations. Copper rivets and roves are used on the gunnel, and the metal fittings are custom-cast bronze. With no one aboard, simply pull the drain plug and the boat self-bails as the buoyant floor is about an inch above the waterline.
The dagger board and rudder are made of ?” mahogany, the floorboards are mahogany and come in two parts joining amidships, and there are knees in the stern joining the gunwales to the transom adding to the overall strength and appearance of the rowboat. Additional detail such as wood overlay on the bow and stern flotation chambers is available.
In North America we will custom deliver your Whitehall Spirit® right to your door, dock or marina.


It’s also easily beachable, offering more ways to have fun with it such as exploring estuaries or going on camping expeditions. The mainsail on this sail rig can be tacked across in full control easily using only the mainsheet. The Whitehall pulls easily, far nicer than rowboats designed for convenience rather than efficiency. The rowboats are a lapstrake design, which adds strength to her hull and charm to her appearance. The freestanding mast slips through the forward rowing seat and the base of the mast sits in a cup at the keel.
The rowboat can be purchased with the dagger box closed at the keel for those not yet ready for sailing but who may want to use this feature later on. We can arrange for worldwide shipping by air or sea and have provided crating and export assistance for over twenty years. The interior finish is blue or grey gelcoat, and the external finish is white gelcoat, however many other colour options are available.
Oars are not supplied with the purchased of the Spindrift Whitehall rowboat, however I recommend 7.5? to 8? oars for most applications. The main sail can be stored on the mast all the time and is simply rolled around the sprit and mast for storage.



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