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A Trip to Merritt Boat Yard

A tour of Merritt's 13-acre compound, including Hull #100

September 10, 2014
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A tour of Merritt’s boat yard. Dave Ferrell

After hearing about the existence of a Hull #100 being worked on at Merritt’s compound in Pompano Beach, I called up Roy Merritt and asked him if I could come by and take a poke around the yard. He told me to come on down so I did just that! Unfortunately the weather didn’t want to cooperate and when I arrived I got out the truck into a rare, mid-morning thunderstorm.

I was ushered in to Roy’s office dripping wet with my camera unceremoniously stuffed into a Publix bag to keep the rain off, he greeted me graciously as usual and we started talking about what’s been going on at Merritt.

In short, things couldn’t be better. Merritt says that they have all the business they can handle right now and there doesn’t seem to be any end to the number of buyers willing to step up into the 75-foot plus market. I saw four hulls under construction with the smallest being a 76-footer.

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As usual, I was floored when standing next to the giant rotating molds used to make these beautiful fishing machines, and marveled at the amount of work that goes into making a custom sportfisher of this size and quality.

Merritt gave me a short tour of the 13-acre compound and then set me loose to take any pictures that I wanted to … here are my modest results on such a cloudy day.

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Beautiful lines Dave Ferrell
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Boats waiting in the basin Dave Ferrell
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Vessels from all over the world find their way to this boatyard. Dave Ferrell
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Don’t stub your toe on one of these! Dave Ferrell
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Pirate safety… Dave Ferrell
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Wall of Fame Dave Ferrell
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Wall of Infamy Dave Ferrell
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Roy Merritt checking things out. Dave Ferrell
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Building boats isn’t easy … or comfortable! Dave Ferrell
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Merritt is involved in every build, and seems to enjoy checking out the progress. Dave Ferrell
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Huge rotating molds Dave Ferrell
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Hull in mold Dave Ferrell
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Another monster mold Dave Ferrell
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Boats awaiting paint, refit, etc. in the yard. Dave Ferrell
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One of the many shops in the yard that builds wood parts and laminates. Dave Ferrell
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There’s always sanding to be done … this is hull #99 … hull #100 is in the background. Dave Ferrell
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Hull #99 and #100 side by side Dave Ferrell
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Sanding, sanding, sanding, the sound is continuous. Dave Ferrell
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Hull number #99 Dave Ferrell
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Hull #100 – a huge milestone for any boatbuilding company. Dave Ferrell
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Still a long way to go. Dave Ferrell
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Topside is on, but a lot of work to do yet. Dave Ferrell
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A finished project! Dave Ferrell
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III Amigos Dave Ferrell
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Now that tower gets up there! Dave Ferrell
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Another finished beauty at the dock. Dave Ferrell
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A covey on fine sportfishing machines at the Merritt dock. Dave Ferrell
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Custom boats at their finest. Dave Ferrell
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Clam Digger seems to stretch on forever! Dave Ferrell
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Lovely profile Dave Ferrell
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And a pretty tail end too! Dave Ferrell
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