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2018 Oxford Wherry Rowing Boat - £950 NOT FOR SALE

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Oxford Wherry Rowing Boat

General Specification

Designer : Angus Row Boats
Builder : Vendor
LOA : 4.88m (16ft 0in)
LWL : 4.75m (15ft 7in)
Beam : 0.97m (3ft 2in)
Draft : 0.28m (0ft 11in)


Designer's Description

The following description is taken from the Angus Row Boats website (https://angusrowboats.com/pages/oxford-wherry):


The Oxford Wherry combines elements of traditional beauty with modern design and construction to create a vessel that is not just gorgeous, but unbelievably fast and functional. Its design takes the most positive elements of traditional wherries and Whitehalls - wineglass transom, carvel-like construction, and elegant woodwork - while jettisoning the less-than-ideal attributes such as excessive weight and beam.

Some of the features of this boat include mahogany (true mahogany from Bolivia) gunwales and trim, red cedar seats, and Lloyds approved BS1088 Okoume marine plywood. Fiberglass sheathing, both inside and out, ensures a robust abrasion-resistant hull. Flotation chambers allow self rescue in the event of a capsize.

Very importantly, this boat has generous freeboard - not enough to detract from the lines, but sufficient to carry three adults and a couple of kids with 4" freeboard remaining. Ample freeboard also means you can keep on playing when the wind and waves pick up. There's no point having a gorgeous fast rowing boat if you can only use it in calm conditions.

The hull is shaped for true performance without compromising stability. The vee bottom is almost flat in the middle further creating stability (a surprising number of designers create deep vees in similar style vessels which decreases stability and does nothing for performance). The vee increases near the stern and bow to assist in cutting through waves and creating lateral resistance to enhance tracking.


The boat can comfortably accommodate a total of two adults along with a child or pet (in calm conditions). Children less than 50 lbs can sit on the flotation chambers at each end. The level of seaworthiness of this craft is similar to a canoe, and when voyaging solo (with more freeboard) it can handle a good chop. With a sliding seat rowing system you will be passing most recreational kayaks and canoes (even with a passenger on board). Much greater distances can be achieved on long-distance journeys (and much more fun) with two people taking turns, compared to conventional paddle craft where resting is synonymous with motionless.

This boat can be used as a solo exercise tool, or a means to take the entire family on a picnic. And at only 53 lbs, one person can pick it up and place it on the car. It is designed to work with our sliding seat rowing kits, or you can use a third-party rig such as the Piantadosi. It can also be used as fixed seat rowboat with the addition of a middle seat.

Avid canoers will be pleased to know it also functions perfectly as a (super good looking) canoe. There is actually very little difference between the hull of a canoe and a well-designed open rowboat. And the weight of the Oxford Wherry - about the same as a Kevlar canoe of equivalent size - makes for high performance voyaging and easy portaging.

We've also put a lot of thought making construction as simple as possible. We opted for carvel style rather than lapstrake which simplifies construction and, even more importantly, allows full exterior fiberglassing for greater strength and abrasion resistance. Panels are joined together using our unique SnapTiteTM jointing system, making connection a breeze. All the trim bits - the breast hooks, quarter knees, seats, etc are pre-cut so all you have to do is glue them in. If you can put Ikea furniture together, you can make this boat. Construction time is 40-60 hours and all steps are outlined in our comprehensive illustrated manual.


So is it a wherry or a Whitehall? Actually, it's a bit of both. Wherrries, developed in England, and prolific on the Thames are fine-crafted long narrow vessels with wineglass transoms. American-designed Whitehalls are considered a variation of the wherry, and one of the key distinctions is their near-plumb bow stem and transom. In this respect, the Oxford Wherry is more like a Whitehall; we chose relatively plumb ends for our boats to increase the waterline length, thereby enhancing performance.



This example has been built from kit to high standard and will be sold in as-new, finished condition, ready for launching.

Photos will be available soon. The following library photos are provided for information only (further photos can also be found on the Angus Row Boats' website)

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