Heritage 12 Guide Boat

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Newest to our line is the economical 12 Guideboat. Very light at 65 lbs, yet still has the famous Heritage looks and glide. It may be purchased with traditional fixed seat oars, or with our wonderful sliding seat. Or both!


Heritage 12 Guide Boat

Construction is of superior hand laid fiberglass, not plastic. Plastic is much heavier and easily warps in the sun. As with kayaks, the quality boats are made of fiberglass.
The Guideboat uses a time tested full drop in sliding seat station,. It is removable and can fold up to fit in the back seat.

Ultralight for one person carrying
The Y/T is surprisingly light, weighing only 65 pounds. Little River has been making ultra light racing shells for 30 years, and we have applied what we have learned about light strong composite construction to this boat.

Heritage 12 Guide Boat

The 12 Guideboat ready for fixed seat oars (oarlocks not shown)

As an exercise rower, she is much better than traditional dinghies, Due to her smaller size, women often choose the 12 as a boat that just “fits” better. When used for sliding seat, men seem to prefer the famous glide of the 15 or 18. Stability wise they are pretty close to equal, both allowing the rower to stand.

Weight was a primary design perameter for the Guideboat series, but also cost. This is a very econocal way to get into the famous glide of the Heritage.
Its timeless lap strake hull, swooping sheer and wineglass stern give her classic good looks. This graceful craft will probably become a treasured family heirloom, thus the name the Heritage.

Heritage 12 Guide Boat

Heritage 12 Guide Boat

New for yachtsmen is an optional all white gunwale (no extra charge), 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.

The possibilities are endless…
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 reattach instantly, even at sea.

Thanks to our patented folding rigger, set up and launching is a breeze. Slide your Heritage off the dock, push off, swing out the rigger and go…it’s that simple. The seat is much higher than that of a shell so it is much more comfortable. If you like, you can row out to your favorite quiet spot and just watch the sun set….

The Heritage comes in three sizes, the Heritage 12, Heritage 15 and the Heritage 18.


  • Extremely light
  • Low price
  • Removable Wooden bench
  • Heavy duty rubrail
  • Built in passenger seats front and rear


Length12' 5"
Hull Weightaprox. 65lbs.
Freeboard amidships17"
Draws3-4 inches
Carrying Capacity560

Suggested Purchase Order

Heritage 12 Guideboat with sliding seat rowing station, includes fixed seat bench, removable sliding seat monorail with rigger arms $4295
1 pr. Macon sculling oars carbon/glass$546
cockpit drain, installed $65
Bow eye, installed $20
HERITAGE 12 GUIDEBOAT with fixed seat rowing station, single bench, one set standard rowlocks in gunwhale mounts$3495
Premium Shaw and Tenney fixed seat oars 6 1/2 - 7 ft w/leathers$395/pr
Bow eye, installed $20
Motormount/Transom reinforce packing Thicken transom and reinforce it to handle adding motor and motor mount $225


Teak Package (Transom & Gunnels)$1395
Storage compartment$45
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
Big tire Portage dolly, compact and breaks down easily $245
Ultra Rearview Mirror$99
Folding Cane Passenger Seat$175/seat
Std fixed seat oars 6 1/2 - 7 ft$150/pr.
Color: White / BoneNo Charge
Color: Yellow$200
Color: Any Other $400

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