Heritage 12 Classic Yacht Tender

Newest to our line of skiffs is the Heritage 12 Yacht Tender, designed to be a great yacht tender for people with space limitations. The Heritage 12 is meticulously crafted using hand-laid fiberglass.

Yacht Quality Construction

optional teak rails, benches and a sail kit

optional teak rails, benches and a sail kit

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.

Row boats
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!

Don’t forget to visit our color design tool to custom pick your preferred look.

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.


  • 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"
*Pick-up Weight:100 lbs.
Freeboard amidships:17"
Carrying Capacity431 lbs.
*Pick up weight equals boat without Monorails, or what you would normally pick up on your car. Monorails weigh 8 lbs and arms weigh 3lbs a pair:

Suggested Purchase Order

Heritage 12 Classic, molded interior, w/ monorail and swing-out riggers$5295
1 pr. Macon sculling oars carbon/glass$599
Sail Package(Includes mast, boom, lines, twin lee boards, additional floatation, rudder, tiller, rudder/motor mount, forward brackets, and marconi sail. This system can be retrofitted to an existing boat)$2195


Teak Bench Slat (benches only)$499
Teak Package (Transom & Gunnels)$1395
Princess Seat -Folding Cane Passenger Seat$175/seat
Addl' storage compartment$45
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
SUV/CAR Kit$119
Color: White / BoneNo 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)$350
Build Package for in-water storage. Permanent in water boats should have thicker gel coat on Vinyl ester skin coats, (adds 15 lbs) $195
5 yr Extended Warranty, Extends "bumper to bumper" limited factory warranty from 2 yrs (std) to 5 years $395

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