Like all of the Heritage Classic line, she is made of hand-laid fiberglass and carbon fiber graphite. This is the strongest method known for boat building. Also unique is that she is made of both an outer hull and a fully molded inner liner. This is much stronger, lighter, and attractive than a single skin boat. The Heritage is as much a joy to look at as she is to row.

The now famous patented fold-in rigger arm system is standard. This has 3 benefits: First, when docking, you can swing the arm in without removing the oar. Very neat! Second, when folded in, it doubles as a grab bar to help you get in and out. And third, when folded in, it supports the canvas cover to keep rainwater from pooling.
There are built in passenger seats both in the bow and the stern. Also standard are two drain plugs, molded non-skid, storage compartment, and bow and stern eyes.
The Yacht Tender is surprisingly light, weighing only 95 pounds. Little River Marine has been constructing ultra light racing shells for 30 years, and we have applied what we have learned about light strong composite construction to this boat.

As an exercise rower, she is much better than traditional dinghies, due to her advanced hull shape, light weight, and stiffness. Women often choose the Heritage 12 as a boat that just “fits” better. When used for sliding seat, men seem to prefer the famous glide of the Heritage 15 or 18. But, when there are space limitations, the 12 is perfect. All 3 are stable, allowing the rower to stand. The 12 Yacht Tender is a better “family” sailing version as it carries a smaller, single sail. The 15 and 18 are more high performance with 2 sails.

We’ve built in an enormous amount of safety flotation, much like an inflatable raft has. The entire gunwale is shaped like a large horseshoe, all Coast Guard Certified air chamber flotation. An inflatable has this tube on the outside because it must be round to be made of fabric. We have placed the flotation in the inside and made it an appealing shape to the eye. No longer do yachtsmen need to settle for tenders that have forgotten form in the name of function. This is a romantic rowing craft much like that of which had graced the waters at the turn of the century.
Its timeless lapstrake hull, swooping sheer and wineglass stern give her classic good looks. This graceful craft will probably become a treasured family heirloom, thus: Heritage.
There is an optional second mounting station (for the sliding seat monorail) for those who wish to better relocate weight in the boat when passengers are aboard. The floor is non-skid, and there are over-sized lifting rings, bow and stern, for davits. New for yachtsmen is an optional all white gunwale, so there won’t be any chance of scuff marks against your main vessel.

What’s Her Best Feature?

Versatility to fit your lifestyle. Take a partner, or pile in the kids. Row hard or just sail. Clamp on a two-horsepower motor. Pack a lunch and go exploring. Strap it on the car for summer vacation.

Built with a wider hull than rowing shells, the Heritage is terrifically stable. This allows the rower to stand while launching or even at sea. One can even stand and cast a fishing pole. The Heritage also has a prominent bow enabling it to charge into the roughest seas. The deep-tracking keel and high stern will thrill you as you surf down sea. This is the first truly “ocean-capable” sliding-seat rowing craft. No more waiting for calm weather to row!

The sail/row design is well thought out so you may do both at once: row out, then sail home. Everything is cleanly designed to remove and re-attach instantly, even at sea.

Specifications and Accessories


  • Fully lined interior
  • Super flotation for self rescuing ability
  • 2 HP engine capacity
  • Patented fold-in riggers
  • Professional sculling oarlocks with full pitch and height adjustment
  • Built in passenger seat
  • Oversized padded sliding seat
  • Stern and Bow tow eyes
  • Molded non-skid
  • Cockpit drain
  • White “no-scuff” rubrail
  • Removable sliding seat
  • Removable bench seat
  • 2 Year “bumper to bumper” Warranty, Standard factory 2 yr limited warranty included



  • Length: 12′ 5″
  • Width: 45″
  • *Pick-up Weight: 100 lbs.
  • Freeboard amidships: 17″
  • Draws: 3-4″
  • Carrying Capacity 431 lbs.
  • *Pick up weight equals boat without Monorails, or what you would normally pick up on your car. Monorails weigh 16 lbs and arms weigh 3lbs a pair:


Cover $399
Teak Bench Slat (benches only) $499
Teak Package (Transom & Gunnels) $1395
Princess Seat -Folding Cane Passenger Seat $175/seat
Addl’ storage compartment $65
Ultra Rearview Mirror $99
Removable Hardbar Rack $225
Heavy Duty Sling Dolly $629
Build Package for in-water storage. Permanent in water boats should have thicker gel coat (adds 15 lbs) on Vinyl ester skin coats $195
Trolling pole holders. custom mounted our way. secure, for big fish. Sold in Pairs Rods at your finger tips when row-trolling $99
Offshore Sponsons. Cool. Hand inflates, slides easily on/off track, adds only 3 lbs each but massive safety flotation with no extra windage, knocks down big seas $995
Big Wheeled Dolly (not needed, but after a good row . . .) $299
Keel Skid Plate. While the keel is extremely strong, this exterior Dynel and Graphite skid plate will hide scratches and dings from running into rocks $195
Princess seat for passenger,wicker & wood $175
SUV/CAR Kit $119
Oarbag $149
removable Roll Bar* car Rack $265
Color: White / Bone No Charge
Color: Yellow $200
Color: Any Other $400
Motor Mount (Motor not included) $125
2nd set of rigger brackets (Allows the rower to move to the bow to balance a passenger) $300
5 yr Extended Warranty, Extends “bumper to bumper” limited factory warranty from 2 yrs (std) to 5 years $395

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