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Whitehall boats have a long history in American Maritime Heritage as workboats and pleasure craft. Although the type was thought to have originated at the foot of Whitehall Street in New York, similar derivations have been built in all regions of the country. The Whitehall is perhaps the most famous of American workboats and is mentioned in all literature relating to the lives of seamen in the days of tall ships. The Whitehall's were used by ship chandlers, newspaper reporters, insurance adjusters, agents, pilots, ruthless boarding house crimps and all others having business with the shipping industry.
The Whitehall was noted for its fine qualities; it rowed easily and moved fast in smooth or choppy water; it was safe, carried a heavy load easily and was dry. The South Haven Whitehall is a modern adaptation of the early boats and retains all the fine qualities of the type. The newer boats are wider and depper based on the fact that people today are just physically bigger than they were a generation or two ago.
The South Haven Whitehall is a great rowboat, an excellent sailboat, and a respectable power launch with a small 2-3 hp, long shaft outboard.
The sailboat carries a single gaff rig lugsail. It sets up in five minutes and the spars fit in the boat. One pair of oars is standard but it is great fun to row with two. The sailboat is close winded, forgiving and fast. The Whitehall will forgive beginners and entertain Old Salts alike. The beauty of the boat will attract attention everywhere there is a crowd.
These boats are built the old fashioned way with modern materials. Planking is mahogany marine plywood glued with waterproof epoxyb so they will never leak a drop. This makes the boat suitable for sailing off the trailer or from a slip in the water. An attractive combination of sassafras and mahogany is used in the hull and spruce for the spars. Oars are white ash. Sails are dacron and hardware is either stainless or bronze. The interieor of the boat is varnished and the exterior painted with marine quality finishes for a long lasting finish.
How to place orders:
Great Lakes Boatbuilding is a small custom woodworking shop and each boat is individually crafted by hand to order on a first come first serve basis. The backlog is typically 2-6 months depending on the time of year. Spring and early summer are usually quite hectic and the wait is usually longer. It is advisable to preplan your order well in advance. An initial deposit is the way to "take a number" to get on the building list. A second payment is due when the boat is planked and the final when the boat is done and ready to ship or be picked up.
There are three ways to get your boat. First, I can crate it and ship it common carrier truck freight. Secondly, you can take a trip to the sandy shores of gorgeous Lake Michigan to pick up your boat. Thirdly, I can deliver the boat for a fee depending on where you live and the time of the year. Prices for delivery will have to be worked out in advance.
12' Whitehall rowboat $6000               12' Sailboat $9000
14' Whitehall rowboat $9500               14' Sailboat: $11,500
16' Whitehall rowboat $11,500            16' Sailboat $13,500
$45 Drain plug                                             $155 Brass Stem band
$75 Name painted                                        $150 Name carved in transom
$250 pair / carved nameboards                    $275 Antifouling paint
$175 Extra pair of oars                                $425 Canvas cover
$75 reef point in sail                                    $695 Custom galvanized trailer
$75 spare tire with mount                            $695 Custom galvanized trailer
$75 spare tire with mount                            $1295 All aluminum trailer
$250 Fiberglass lower planks                      $75 Lift ringers
$295 Custom cradle                                     $125 Sail cover
Call the boat shop today to order yours!