8 ft beam, 25 ft loa, fixed keel with 4 ft draft, 3000 lb.
1985 Evinrude Yachtwin 4hp outboard runs great single axle trailer in good roadworthy condition boat has been sailed exclusively in fresh water; NY Finger Lakes 1985-2010, Pymatuning Lake, PA 2011-2012 has been barn stored winters since 1999
This Merit is in very good condition overall and is excellently prepared for racing, single handing or cruising. There is no looseness in the keel which is a common problem. See photos for tight keel/hull joint.
This boat has raced successfully and is always competitive in PHRF or Portsmouth fleets. This boat is for sale only because I've accepted a job in an area where I can't sail her.
Major maintenance projects completed include:
bottom barrier coated and faired
all standing rigging replaced
repair rotten core section between mast and hatch, recored with balsa, all deck area stiff all deck hardware removed, holes enlarged and filled with epoxy and redrilled
hull deck joint opened, old sealant removed, resealed with 3M 5300, toerail resealed with butyl tape, watertight joint!
all running rigging is high performance line in good to excellent condition
Simplified deck layout features easy to operate rigging:
6:1 internal outhaul
8:1 boom vang
16:1 cascade backstay
twings instead of downhaul for spinnaker windward sheeting traveler full spinnaker gear
Other features include:
vdeck tracks powdercoated white for crew comfort custom motor/ladder mount stereo installed porta head simrad tiller pilot TP-10
Sobstad main laminate - very good
Sobstad laminate no.1 - excellent
UK tape drive No. 2 - poor, included as pattern for new
Rolly Tasker Dacron No. 3 - good Rolly Tasker 1/2 oz spinnaker - excellent Haarstick 3/4 oz spinnaker - excellent
Anchor with nylon rode
Boom sail cover
First aid kit.
Lifting strap for single point lift from keel gin pole for singlehanded raising/lowering of mast ladder for boarding boat while on trailer various maintenance materials (sail repair tape, some VC-17, etc)