Solid oceangoing vessel with lots of potential. Merritt Walter designed "Merry Rover" constructed by Dennis Webber. Keel laid in 1985, but boat believed to have been launched in 1998. Aluminum hull and deck, in excellent condition with NO signs of electrolysis. Completed Western Caribbean cruze (Panama to Florida) in 2018. Hauled in 2017 for bottom job and survey, and then again in late 2018 (Florida) to re-do bottom job.
Year: 1998 (believed to be actual launch; keel laid in 1985)
Length: 53' LOA, 44' LOD
Beam: 12ft 6
Draft: 5ft 4
Displacement: 16 ton
Keel / Ballast: 3/4 full keel. 8000 pounds lead encapsulated in fiberglass, strapped and welded to outside of keel.
Location: Apollo Beach, Florida, USA
USCG Documentation Number: - Phone number removed -
Engine: 85 hp Perkins 4-236 marine diesel with arpprox 2,500 hours; engine runs like a top! Fuel consumption is approx 3.8 liters approx./hour at 1500 rpm. Engine turns 3-blade prop.
Fuel: Estimated 100 gallons in 2 integral keel tanks
Water: Approx. 600+ liters in water bladders, plastic tank and two large plastic barrels.
Dinghy: 8’ AB Dinghy, w/aluminum hull (RIB); purchased march 2018
Outboard: 5hp mercury 2 stroke new 2017
Accommodation: Sleeps 5
Cabins: Large aft cabin with port-a-potty and vanity. Forward cabin sleeps one. Main cabin has two berths, bench seats, table, galley, and nav station.
Berths: Double aft, single forward, two pilot berth singles in saloon.
Toilet: One Raritan hand pump in forward head with port-a-potty aft.
Galley: Wooden benches, fresh and salt water into stainless sink. Storage above in cupboards. More pantry storage under saloon pilot berths. Also, large storage box intended for fridge.
Refrigeration: Large semi-insulated box under folding wooden bench intended for refrigeration, but not currently configured. 2014 new Engle fridge/freezer.
Freezer: Engle can be used as fridge or freezer (see refrigeration).
Stove: Eno gas two burner stove with oven.
Ground Tackle: 180 ft of 10mm chain with massive 35/40 kg bugle anchor; 50 ft rode & 50ft 10mm chain with 20kg plow anchor; Spare 20kg plow.
Windlass: SS sea tiger manual windlass
Safety Gear: Tether, Jack lines
Bilge Pumps: 2 automatic 12-v, one manual back-up.
Life Raft: 6-man Viking life raft new 2015; serviced Sep 2018.
Life Jackets: 4 adult, 1 child offshore Lifejackets, 2 inflatable offshore harness/lifejackets..
Flares: Flare kit with 12-guage gun and day-night flares.
Fire Protection: 2 portable fire extinguishers
Electrics: 12-volt system, 800-amp hour house, 200-amp starter, can be isolated and interlinked through solar charge regulator. Charged with 6 solar panels approx. 600 watts.
Electronics / Navigation: W-H P3 C autopilot on hydraulic arm, icom vhf, icom SSB w/AT-140 automatic tuner (new Feb 2018), icom AIS (new Feb 2018), depth sounder, Axion chart plotter (new Feb 2018).
Sail Inventory: Roller furling foresail and club-footed staysail, main, mizzen, and blooper all in reasonable to good condition.
Mast / Rigging: Aluminum masts, and gaffs; new standing rigging 2017 Selden ss wire with swages fittings; running rigging replaced 2015 (only in use 13 months, stored below decks while on hard).
Deck Gear: Lifelines new 2017 Selden, new turnbuckles; oversized, welded bollards, stanchions; Solid aluminum boarding ladder, hinged.