Merritt 77 On the Drawing Board

Another masterpiece from a highly respected builder

Merritt 77 On the Drawing Board
The all-new high-performance hull design from naval architect Michael Peters is expected to produce a cruising speed of 36 knots and a top end of 45 knots.Courtesy Merritt

Pioneering custom ­boatbuilder Roy Merritt is well underway with his next project, a stunning new 77-footer that combines unsurpassed luxury with incredible craftsmanship and high-tech ­construction techniques to produce one of the finest sport-fishing boats on the water. The new build will incorporate aerospace blends of hybrid Kevlar, carbon fiber, e-glass, and composite cores to create a boat that is both light and incredibly durable.

The bottom — an all-new high-performance hull design from naval architect Michael Peters — is expected to produce a cruising speed of 36 knots and a top end of 45 knots. The layout consists of four staterooms and four heads. An enviable list of standard equipment includes hydraulic outriggers, a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer, 2,000-gallon-per-day ­watermaker, cockpit day head, and a spiral staircase leading from the cockpit to the bridge.

The Merritt family began building custom sport-fishing boats in 1955; the ­business remains family-owned and -operated today, as Merritt’s Boat and Engine Works in Pompano Beach, Florida.