Annapolis Wherry

Annapolis Wherry

Do you need parts for your Piantedosi Ro-Wing? We have them!

Please call 518-745-7699 or email and speak with Pete or Karen.

Adirondack Rowing is proud to be offering custom built wooden boats to the rowing public.  After 31 years in business we have expert boat builders that assemble the Annapolis Wherry kit for our customers.

If you would like the look of the Annapolis Wherry but would like to row as a double, check out the Annapolis Wherry Tandem!

The Annapolis Wherry design is derived from the graceful wooden wherries used as livery boats on the River Thames in the 19th century. Lighter, slimmer, and lower than the originals, the Annapolis Wherry offers truly thoroughbred performance on the water combined with an almost breathtaking grace. Solid stability, excellent tracking, a buoyant bow, and ample flare make the Annapolis Wherry a natural choice for rowing in choppy conditions. The open design allows for plenty of sprawling and a picnic basket when beach cruising.

The Annapolis Wherry has fixed seats for one or two rowers, but it truly excels with a sliding seat. A sliding seat allows cruising speeds of 5-7 knots. The interior is laid out from the start to permit easy installation of a Piantedosi Ro-Wing without any modification or extra structure. In minutes you can convert to sliding seat rowing and back to fixed seat rowing. With all these options, the Wherry may be unsurpassed as a rowing trainer, exercise boat, long-distance cruiser, or even for open water racing.


Construction is entirely of LapStitch™ 6mm okoume plywood, epoxy encapsulated and with fiberglass cloth on the bottom panels inside and out to resist beach abrasion. 9mm okoume frames, thwarts, and flotation tanks ensure stiffness. The outwales, breasthook, and quarter knees are solid mahogany.

Annapolis Wherry Specifications:


Length: 17' 9"


Beam: 38"


Weight: 65 lbs.


Annapolis Wherry     (kit plus assembly)           $ 4,495.00

Ro-Wing                                                         $   795.00
Assembly/Rigging of Ro-wing                           $     35.00
Sculling Oars                                                   $   595.00
Freight                                          (lowest guaranteed)
Total                                                              $5,920.00

 Annapolis Wherry

About LapStitch™ Construction

Lapstrake construction is a boatbuilding method that reaches back thousands of years into the dim mists of time. Although lapstrake hull shapes evolved over millennia (many would suggest that the type reached a high water mark with the Viking longboats), the actual building method was little changed right up into the 20th century. Planks were nailed or riveted together, and the technique required prodigious ability on the part of boatbuilders. Over the last 30 years, the advent of modern adhesives and high quality marine plywoods brought about the first major innovation in lapstrake building methods: glued plywood lapstrake hulls. Glued lapstrake planking permits very strong, stiff, and beautiful hulls that never leak. This is progress, but glued lapstrake planking still requires molds and considerable skill in layout and joinery; certainly not ideal for novice builders.

Using sophisticated computer design software, we are now able to devise hull shapes that will assume a round-bottomed shape without molds or "torturing" of the wood. A special "rabbet", or groove, is machined into each strake so that the strakes are self-aligning. They are wired together just like a stitch-and-glue kayak. When the LapStitch™ joints are filled with epoxy, the result is a remarkably stiff and strong hull that is outwardly indistinguishable from traditional lapstrake planking. Even better, the strength of the LapStitch™ joint is such that the designs require comparatively little fiberglass or fillet work, making them especially easy to build. LapStitch™ combines the unquestioned grace of lapstrake hulls with the proven ease of titch-and-glue construction.

  The Annapolis Wherry emerges from the kit in pieces and is painstakingly handcrafted with care and precision to form this beautiful sculling craft.