Meridian started out life in 1974 as a raised pilothouse Meridian 48, one of 17 built by the old Meridian company in Costa Mesa, before production boatbuilding moved to the east coast and finally to Taiwan. These boats have a large volume, virtually full beam salon. There are two separate cabins each with its own head and separate shower – a master cabin midships and a large fore cabin that can accommodate two adults in a big V berth and two kids. There is a large galley and a 7 foot by 13-foot cockpit. The hulls were very well built and there are no blisters after 45 years of service. Meridian is an excellent family boat, not a fine yacht. She is very functional, and designed to require as little maintenance as possible. (No exterior varnish!) The owner has done all the refits and maintenance work himself.
I bought the boat in 2011 in the Tacoma area, and proceeded to rebuild, refit, re-equip and extend it over the next 5 years. I have cruised it every year between Olympia and Desolation Sound and the Broughtons, BC, between mid-May and mid-October each year. The remainder of the time (7 months each year) it is hauled out, plugged in and has a heater in the engine room. So, no mold. I have averaged about 220 hours each year in the 5 months it is in the water on the twin Cummins 5.9’s, each 250hp, which were installed in 1992. They have about 3000 hours on them at present.Please go to Mcs53yacht.com for detailed info and additional photos....Read full description