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Annapolis Wherry

Annapolis Wherry

Adirondack Rowing is proud to offer custom built wooden boats to the rowing public. Throughout our 45+ years in business, we continue to work with 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 gear and even a picnic basket when touring. 

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 sliding seat 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 Annapolis 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.


Length: 17′ 9″
Beam: 38″
Hull Weight: 65 lbs
Ro-Wing Sliding seat Rowing Unit Weight: 16 lbs each
Capacity: 350 lbs



 Pricing for the Annapolis Wherry:

$5,925       Annapolis Wherry Hull
$   795      Ro-Wing sliding seat rowing unit
$   660      Dreher carbon fiber, adjustable handle, light-weight macon sculling oars (Hatchet available)
$7,380      Total boat purchase

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

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 boat builders. 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-bottom 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 wit the proven ease of stitch-and-glue construction.

Annapolis Wherry stern in natural

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

Guaranteed Lowest Freight

Do you have to trailer your boat to the water? Check out the Trailex Trailers.
These trailers are perfect for towing. Lightweight and easy to manage.

Do you need a boat rack or slings for storing your boat, or a boat dolly to move your boat around on land?
Take a look at the our
Rowing Accessories Page!

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