Heritage


Reminiscent of the romantic rowing craft which graced the waters at the turn of the century, The Heritage is as much a joy to look at as it is to row.
This row boat will probably stay in your family for generations. Its timeless lapstrake hull, swooping sheer and wineglass stern give her classic good looks. At first, one just wants to look at it and imagine the quiet streams and golden sunsets where a Heritage belongs.


Rowing with a furry coxswain.

 

What’s her best feature?

Versatility to fit your lifestyle. Take a partner to row, or pile in the kids. Row hard or just drift. Clamp on a two-horsepower motor. Pack a lunch and go exploring. Strap it on the car for summer vacation. There is even a great sailing option.

Take her anywhere. Really. Just ask the man who rowed across the Baltic Sea. Or the fellow who rowed the entire coast of Texas…

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. Designer Bill Larson has rowed in 5 foot seas, reporting not only was she dry, but she was fast and stable. The low profile sides prevents nasty windage issues, yet she is so buoyant she “bobs like a cork” in the rough stuff.

There are built in passenger seats both in the bow and the stern. All Heritage’s come standard with a sliding seat monorail and a fixed seat bench, so you may row sliding seat for aerobic exercise, or traditional fixed seat just for the joy of it.

Simplicity…

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. Little River is the only builder to offer the folding rigger system. The rigger folds in to act as a handle as you sit down. Another plus: it has a built in safety feature where the rigger will collapse should you accidentally hit something, with no damage to the oars or boat.

In the Heritage, the seat is much higher than that of a shell so it is much more comfortable to sit in than shells. If you like, you can row out to your favorite quiet spot and just take in the beauty…

 

 

The Heritage 15 Choices:

The Heritage 15 model comes two ways, as a single or the Heritage 15 double. The 15 double comes standard with the ability to convert it into a balanced single. The Heritage 15 can also be converted to a sailboat. Additionally, you may choose an ultralight carbon hull for the Heritage 15, or the new economical Guideboat.

The Other Heritage Models:

The Heritage comes in three sizes, the Heritage 12, the Heritage 15 and the Heritage 18. The Heritage 15 and the Heritage 18 can be rigged to row as a single or a double station. The difference is that the Heritage 15 is a lighter launch, and thus easier to handle, while the Heritage 18 has a longer water line, and thus a better rowing double. Which row boat is best for you? If you will be rowing mostly as a single, the 15 is probably best. If you plan to row mostly as a double (and occasionally as a single) then the 18 is your best bet. The Heritage 12 comes as a single only, but can carry passengers. It is a good choice where space is a concern, for to use as a tender to a big boat. Also, lady’s tend to prefer it’s smaller size.

FEATURES
  • The most popular of all
  • Incredibly stiff (fully molded liner with nonskid)
  • Massive Positive flotation
  • Fold in oarlock arms
  • 2 HP engine capacity
  • Stable enough to stand in and cast a fishing pole
  • interchangeable from one rower to two (when ordered as a double)
  • Molded in bow seat and stern seat

Specifications:

Length: 15′ 3″, 4.6

Width: 40″, 101.6 cm

Freeboard at Ends: 25″

Freeboard Amidships: 15″

Hull Weight: 105 lbs. (Single)
115 lbs (Double)

Draft (depth in water): 3″ – 4″

Carrying Capacity: 431 lbs. (coast guard rating)

Frequently Asked Questions…

Q: How stable are shells, verses the Heritage?

A: All shells are unstable without the oars. Shells need to be about 3 feet wide at the waterline (30? for women) before it is stable enough to safely climb in without holding onto the oars. This is wider than kayaks because in a shell, we must sit higher than our feet. So all shells, by name, have an element of balance involved. Active people can learn to balance a shell in a half-hour or so, especially the open water type shells. Flat water types take a good bit longer to master. If you don’t want that instability, consider the Heritage. It is stable enough to get in with ease without the oars. It is safer for cold weather rowing, and only about 1 mile an hour slower than shells at cruising speed.

Q: Why not build a Catamaran Shell? Isn’t that more stable?

A: It turns out to be a bad idea in waves. The problem: when a wave goes under on hull, that hull goes up; that oar goes flying, and the other oar goes down, digging into the water. You can’t prevent this. In a monohull, you can lean your body left and right to keep the boat relatively flat, and this really maters in waves.

Q: Why are our shells so long?

A: Simply put, length equals speed. There is a certain perception that a shell will really move, and that is inspiring. A short shell is like a bike with half-inflated tires: it just doesn’t feel right (even though it is more exercise). For most people, if they are willing to put up with the lack of stability in a shell, it is to get that sense of great speed.

Q: Is the Heritage available lighter?

A: Yes, the Heritage 15 in carbon weighs in at 62 lbs.

Newest to our line of skiffs is the Heritage 12 Yacht Tender, a compact version of the Heritage 15 Sculling Skiff, designed for people with space limitations and to be a great yacht tender.

All Heritages come standard with a sliding seat monorail and a fixed seat bench, so you may use your Heritage either way.

Yacht quality construction

Like all the Heritage line, she is made of both an outer hull and a fully molded inner liner. The Heritage is as much a joy to look at as she is to row. There are built in passenger seats both in the bow and the stern.

The Y/T is surprisingly light, weighing only 95 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.

The 12 Y/T is a better sailing version than her sistership, the Heritage 15, because she has a better length-width ratio for sailing. 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.

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 which graced the waters at the turn of the century.

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.

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 oversized lifting rings, bow and stern, for davits. 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.

Simplicity…

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….

 FEATURES
  • 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
OPTIONS
  • Forward row station for balancing passenger
  • Storage port
  • Fixed seat rowing package
  • Colors
  • Sail package
  • Cover
  • Self bailer

Specifications:

Carrying Capacity: 560lbs
Length 12′ 5″
Width 45″
Hull Weight 100 lbs.
Freeboard amidships 17″
Draws 3-4″