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1976 Herreshoff 12 1/2



The Herreshoff 12 1/2 was designed by Nathanael Herreshoff in 1914 and emerged as a classic sailboat renowned for its timeless elegance and exceptional performance. Originally conceived as the “Buzzard’s Bay Boat” for teaching younger sailors, the 12 1/2 quickly gained popularity as a keelboat training platform.

Over the years, more than 3000 of these vessels have been built and enjoyed worldwide. The boat’s enduring appeal is reflected in active racing fleets found predominantly in New England. Today, the Herreshoff 12 1/2 remains a beloved icon in the sailing community, cherished for its graceful design and versatility on the water. It is often claimed the 12 1/2 is the best small boat design…ever. 

TINY DANCER is a fiberglass 12 1/2 built in 1976 by Cape Cod Shipbuilding. Her first owner enjoyed sailing in the freshwater lakes of Vermont. After many happy years, they had Darling’s Boatworks complete an extensive refit in 2018 totaling $16,500, and then listed her for sale.

In 2022 she transacted to her second (and current) owner, who decided to bring the boat to her place of origin – Cape Cod Shipbuilders – for another complete restoration (totaling over $15,600). Since this restoration, she has spent the last 2 summers day sailing out of Westbrook, CT. The current owner has multiple boats, and keeps them all in Bristol condition with the help of the excellent staff at Pilots Point.

Tiny Dancer comes with a trailer and an electric outboard engine (w/ new battery and mount). From the most recent restoration project, she benefits from new standing rigging, new running rigging, new mast step, varnished spars and other brightwork, as well as a new forward bulkhead hatch. She is turn key for this upcoming season and ready for your inspection.

LOCATION: Westbrook, CT

  • Length Overall:
    15' 9"
  • Standard Draft:
    2' 5"
  • Max Beam:
    5' 10"

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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.
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