Sizzle Herreshoff 12 1/2 1937

Northeast Harbor, ME


15.83 ft
5.83 ft
2.5 ft


From the Herreshoff Registry:

If you look at a 12 ½ out of the water, you can’t help but notice the seductive shape and subtle reverse curves of her underbody. It is thanks to this shape that the boat can ghost along so well in only the lightest breath of air while all the other boats in the water stand still. The helm balance is perfect. They may be slow by today’s standards and handle somewhat poorly in confined spaces, but they are well-mannered, roomy, dry, and seaworthy. 

Nat Herreshoff designed the 12 ½ footer in 1914. It has been in continuous production since then, and is nearly universally acclaimed as one of the finest small boats of all time. He was 66 years old by then, and had all the experience from a full and legendary career of designing and building yachts. He had already accumulated 5 of the never-matched record of 6 consecutive America’s Cup defenses, and 6 consecutive victories.

The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company took the first orders for the 12 ½ footer in 1914 and built 364 wooden hulls through 1943. Following the closing of HMC production, the Quincy Adams Yacht Yard was licensed by HMC to build the design. Quincy Adams used the Herreshoff builder’s plate, and built 51 hulls from 1943 through 1948. The Quincy Adams boats had hull numbers in the 2000’s, and were planked with mahogany rather than the white cedar used by HMC. They also have something of a reverse sheer forward.


  • Boat Name: Herreshoff 12 1/2 1937
  • Builder: Herreshoff Manufacturing Co
  • Designer: Nathanial Herreshoff
  • Location: Northeast Harbor, ME
  • Displacement Measure: 1,500 lb

Vessel Description

Sizzle is hull number 1368 and was built by the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol RD in 1937.  She was restored by Josh Howard in 2015 and has been cared for by Morris/Hinckley Yachts for the last eight years of ownership by the current owner.  With her Marconi rig, she is easy to jump and go sailing, safe and fun on the water and is equally suitable for learning to sail at six years old or enjoying a day on the water at 90. 

Features include:

  • Sunbrella cover for jib
  • Custom Sunbrella boom tent cockpit cover with doors on both sides
  • 12v battery with Ganz solar panel
  • Rule 500 gpm bilge pump
  • (3) fenders
  • Danforth anchor with rode
  • Bailer
  • (4) PFD’s
  • Type 4 throwable PFD
  • Oarlocks with varnished oars with storage below cockpit seats
  • Varnished wooden boathook
  • Docklines


She is in the water and ready to go sailing for her next owner.

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