In addition to our fleet of Maas shells, OWRC has a Pienert Zephyr, a Whitehall Spirit Solo, and a Sea Ranger single for the use of club members.
The Zephyr, normally called “the Pienert” around the boathouse, is a very stable single from the Pienert Boatworks in Massachusetts. A bit shorter and heavier than the Aeros and with a flatter cross section to its hull, the Pienert is a “no drama” shell that can handle a chop without much reaction. Folks who prefer this boat mention its “I can go anywhere” feeling. They want to just row and enjoy the bay, and this boat will get you there.
The term “Whitehall” refers to a very popular design for rowing boats originating in NY harbor in the 19th century. The Whitehall design is famed for its good handling and steady tracking.
We have one example of the ‘Solo” from a manufacturer named Whitehall Spirit. Our Whitehall has a sliding seat and modern oarlocks, and uses standard sculling oars. Compared to rowing shells, this is a boat you step down into, rather than stepping on to a seat deck approximately the same height as our low dock. Given its larger size and weight, the Whitehall is much more stable and drier than the shells, but it is also heavier and slower – but that’s only slower in comparison to rowing shells. Whitehalls are quite quick for a traditional hulled boat.
Rowing this boat can be an excellent workout. You will definitely burn calories and build muscle rowing our Whitehall, and you will get out to enjoy the beauty of the bay.
The Sea Ranger Single
The Sea Ranger hull is modeled after Whitehall rowing boats with a broad beam and wineglass transom. Significantly lighter than our Whitehall Solo, the Sea Ranger is a lively boat that tracks well and is more stable than a shell, but more responsive than the Whitehall, due to its lighter weight. For rowers who may be more comfortable in a wider-beamed boat, but who appreciate the lively feel of a lighter boat, the Sea Ranger is the answer.