On the Drawing Board: Merritt 88

Classic lines and modern technology unite to produce a cutting-edge design

An illustration of the new Merritt sport fishing boat.
The new Merritt is scheduled to splash in fall 2021.Courtesy Merritt’s Boat and Engine Works

The talented team at Merritt’s Boat and Engine Works in Pompano Beach, Florida, has begun construction on Hull No. 109, an 88-foot custom sport-fisher. The new yacht will feature Merritt’s classic unbroken sheer, with the layout consisting of a luxurious four-stateroom, five-head design, including an ­easily accessible day head located just off the cockpit mezzanine.

Along with the elegant handcrafted teak interior will be Merritt’s first full-beam master stateroom and expanded master head layout. Systems will include an air-conditioned cockpit and flybridge, a 200-amp Atlas electrical system, 2,000-gallon-per-day watermaker, twin Kohler 40 kW generators and a Seakeeper 35 gyrostabilizer, all while utilizing Merritt’s advanced boatbuilding techniques of blending carbon fiber, hybrid Kevlar, composite cores, E-glass and epoxies.

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A pair of MTU V-16 2000 96L engines, producing 2,600 hp each, will power the vessel. With a fuel capacity of 4,000 gallons, Merritt’s newest offering will have the speed and range to reach nearly any destination quickly and comfortably. The 88 is scheduled to splash in fall 2021.

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