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.
Watch the video below of the Oxford Wherry in action.
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.
Can Something this Gorgeous Really be Fast?In June 2013, Steve Price and Colin Angus broke the nonstop speed record from Whitehorse to Dawson City in the Oxford Wherry 16. The men rowed 444 miles (with current) nonstop in 50 hours and 50 minutes. The Oxford Wherry is perfectly suited for long distance voyaging and they rowed individually in two-hour shifts, while resting on a sleeping mat during off shifts. To break the record, the boat needed to be not only fast, but be able to safely navigate the wind-swept waters of Lake Lebarge and to voyage the infamous Five Finger Rapids with the weight of two men and a lot of gear. Read the article here.
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.
We provide sliding-seat/rigger kits suitable for rowing the Oxford Wherry. Third-party rowing rigs such as the Piantedosi Row Wing are also suitable.
Find out what other people have to say about their experience building the Oxford Wherry.
We put the third coat of varnish on the interior of the boat it really look great. The seat and the rigger are finished and ready for installation. We are anxious to get it in the water.
- Harley H., Wisconsin
|I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed building the 2 Oxford Wherry's for Paul C. This will give him 2 Oxford Wherry and he already has 1 Annapolis Wherry. He likes the Oxford Wherry much better,lighter and more stable.
- Alan C.
|I finished my boat, launched it today successfully and it was a lot of fun to build. - Christian C., New Jersey|
My kit arrived last week in good shape. I built a kayak from a kit purchased from an American company last year and would say that the fit and finish and quality of your materials looks significantly better. I look forward to building the boat.
- Michael W., Nova Scotia