Herreshoff 12.5

1943 Herreshoff 12.5

Bristol, RI, US


Herreshoff 12.5

Bristol, RI, US$28,000

The Herreshoff 12-1/2′ LIZZ offers up the perfect chance to own a “ready to sail” iconic classic boat.  The 12-1/2 was designed to help children learn how to sail on the tricky waters of Buzzards Bay and has proven itself to be the perfect day sailing boat.  With plenty of room for the entire family, the 12-1/2 offers a great opportunity to enjoy a day on the water. 

Lizz is a Fishers Island version of the 12-1/2’, a version that was developed when the residents of Fishers Island NY approached Herreshoff to modify the 12-1/2 to better suit the waters of Long Island Sound. The results are wider side decks, an elevated aft deck and the tiller coming over the top of the transom. 

LIZZ has been well cared for over the past three winters by East Passage Boatwrights in Bristol, RI with multiple upgrades and minor restorations completed to keep the boat looking and sailing like she did when launched. 

In the Spring of ’22, Lizz’s Marconi rig was swapped for the more traditional gaff rig.  New spars were purchased from Doughdish on Cape Cod.  The boat was outfitted with new stainless steel standing rigging and three strand Vintage running rigging.  She received a new suit of Harding Sails including Main, Jib and Spinnaker.

During the Winter of ’23, Lizz came back to East Passage for some hull work.  All topside and bottom paint was removed from the hull and splines were glued into all the plank seams.  The splines will help stabilize the hull, keeping the hull paint from cracking from seasonal shrinking and swelling of the plank seams.  Another benefit of splining is that the hull remains watertight, eliminating the need for the plank seams to swell when she if first launched.  The hull was then faired, primed and painted.

Lizz comes with a galvanized Triade float on/off trailer, making it easy to launch and haul the boat yourself.  She also has a transom hung removable Torqeedo electric motor. Lizz is a great boat is is ready to go sailing! 

List of recent updates and work completed on Lizz

Spring 2022

-Replace Marconi Rig with traditional spruce Gaff Rigg

– New Harding Main, Jib and Spinnaker

– All new three strand Vintage running rigging

– New stainless steel standing rigging

– Seasonal varnish

Winter 22/23

– Spine topside and underwater planking

– Full topside fairing

– New topside enamel paint.

– Seasonal varnish 


Boat Name: Lizz

Make: Herreshoff

Model: 12.5

Condition: New

Category: Sail

Construction: Wood


Length Overall: 16' 0"

Beam: 6' 0"

Max Draft:



Engines: 1

Engine #1 Specs:

Make: Torqeedo


Fuel: Other

Engine Power:


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Fuel Tank Capacity:

Water Tanks: 0

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Boat Class: Daysailers, Antique and Classics, Sloop


Carter Richardson

Phone: 401-560-0007

Email: carter@latitudeyacht.com


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


The boat is currently stored at East Passage Boatwrights and is easily shown to anyone who is interested.  

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