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Brief Summary

Few builders have the gift of making a 28’7'' (8.72 m) boat feel like a 38’ (11.6 m) boat like Jeanneau, but that’s exactly what it has accomplished with the Merry Fisher 855. She has two staterooms, and can accommodate still a third couple. Dinette seating converts to multiple positions. The cockpit converts from small to large and optional seats are offered. And she can be powered by either single or twin outboards.

Key Features

  • Aft transparent sliding door
  • Aft cockpit sliding bench
  • Cockpit deck locker
  • Additional swim platforms and a swim ladder
  • Rod holders
  • Salon table
  • Salon bar
  • Gas stove burner
  • Cabin roof hatch
  • Double berth in cabin
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 28' 7''
    8.72 m
    Beam 9' 9''
    2.99 m
    Dry Weight 6,393 lbs.
    2,900 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 1' 10''
    0.56 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 106 gal.
    400 L
    Water Capacity 26 gal.
    100 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    With a LOA of 28’7” (8.72 m) and a beam of 9’9” (2.99 m), this Merry Fisher has the feel of a much larger boat. She represents the largest outboard powered boat produced by Merry Fisher.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Merry Fisher 855 is to combine innovative interior design solutions with a fuel-efficient, outboard powered cruiser. With two separate cabins, this boat ranks in the category of being a true cruiser opening up many possibilities for couples. With her side opening door by the helm she's also easy to operate single handed.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    Even with the extended hardtop, natural light is still admitted into the cockpit deck. The two forward skylights open to allow light and air into the main cabin. Hullside windows add a scenic touch to the lower cabins.

    Distinguishing Features

    Outboard Power.

    This not only gives the Merry Fisher 855 the reliability that today's outboard engines offer, but increases the available space inside the boat that the design team was able to take full advantage of. She's offered in either single, or twin engine configurations; undoubtedly the twin engine setup will offer her a better CG balance and improved maneuverability and important redundancy needed for extended cruises.•

    Innovative Salon Seating.

    The booth seating in the salon converts to a berth in the usual manner, but the forward seat is also reversible allowing it to convert to a forward facing bench seat. Workspace ahead of the seat allows the observers to become an active part in the navigating.•

    Movable Rear Bench Seat.

    The cockpit bench seat is mounted to a rail allowing it to slide forward creating room for the engines to be fully raised when beaching the boat or taking her out of service.•

    Dual Opening Skylights.

    While the benefits of the hardtop are obvious, this design also incorporates two opening smoked skylights. They let daylight in while still providing protection, and when desired allow sunlight and fresh air in. This design also aids in visibility from the helm when making turns to port. The skylight drops down into view of the turn adding to the safety factor.•

    Sliding Side Door.

    A door just to starboard of the helm allows quick access to the side decks making single-handed operations a simple affair. A large cleat is just forward of this door, and if it were relocated to a position adjacent to the door it would make single-handed tie-ups even easier.•

    Asymmetrical Deck Layout.

    Jeanneau went with an offset wheelhouse for the Merry Fisher 855 and as such the starboard side deck is wider than the portside. This again plays into the sliding side door next to the starboard side helm. However, the port side deck is still easy to negotiate thanks to the abundance of handrails and the side rail that extends well back to the cockpit.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    The cabin of the 855 is functional and cozy. She can do her share of coastal cruising and we think she is appropriate for a young family or retired baby boomers.


    The styling of the Merry Fisher 855 signals that she is a serious cruiser. High side rails that extend well back to the cockpit and side decks to both port and starboard allow easy transitions fore and aft. The absence of a flying bridge keeps the profile low enough so that she can slip under the bridges of European canals or the US Great Loop route. And her shallow 1'10" (.56 m) draft allows her to transition through skinny water.The standard boat comes with a white hull, a color that's been done to death. Personally, I would upgrade to the "Legende" version with a blue hull, stainless accents and teak decking.

    Features Inspection


    The cockpit is down two steps from the side decks and presents a wide open space. An opening gate to the starboard side leads to the modest (as most are with outboard designs) swim platform. Standard seating is a bench across the transom mounted to a slider. This allows the seat to slide forward which in turn allows the outboards to tilt to their full up position. With the outboards down the seat slides back providing more deck space. An option is offered that creates U-shaped seating which can then be converted to a sun pad. An optional table facilitates al fresco dining. An optional extended sunshade adds additional protection from the elements.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    Seating options in the cockpit create a U-shaped seat and offer room for filler cushions to form a sun pad.
    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    An optional table makes a comfortable al fresco dining area. Notice how the table can be expanded or collapsed as desired.

    Interior Overview

    There is a pocket door that leads into the forward berth as well as a hinging door that opens into the aft cabin. With two opening side windows and two opening sunroof hatches, ventilation will be the least of the concerns. Natural light is also a non-issue with nearly 360-degrees of visibility. For that reason, should any guest be sleeping on the main deck, optional wraparound canvas closes off all of the glass for privacy.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    The interior offers a functional layout with open and airy being the main design theme.

    Dining Area

    To the port side is booth seating that offers a surprising amount of flexibility and really adds to the cruise-ability of the Merry Fisher 855. In the dining configuration two couples will be sitting across from each other with the table in the middle. In cruise configuration, the front seat reverses and becomes forward facing seating, and chart storage just ahead allow the observers in this bench seat to play an active role in the navigational chores. A smoked panel that allows light to the cabin below serves as a functional chart table and for that reason I would include a small light on a gooseneck into the design layout. Finally, the table drops down to form a berth creating room for a single person to spend the night onboard.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    The forward seat easily converts from aft-facing to forward-facing allowing for more sets of eyes looking forward and additional active participants in the navigational chores.


    The galley is over to the starboard side just behind the helm. It has the usual accommodations for storage, a single-burner stove and sink. An optional fridge will reside below the helm seat.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    When not in use the galley closes off to form a finely finished wood cabinet. Notice the optional refrigerator under the helm seat.


    Jeanneau accommodates sitting at the helm with the comfortable bucket seat and a flip-down foot rest. Flip up the foot rest and standing at the helm becomes equally comfortable. It is also equally comfortable to be sitting with one foot resting on the sill of the open side door and enjoying the unobstructed view of the water passing by.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    The helm is to starboard and offers nearly 360-degrees of unobstructed view. Overhead, skylights admit natural light and open to admit even more fresh air.
    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    The opening side door allows quick access to the side deck making the Merry Fisher 855 that much easier to operate single handed. We like to see Jeanneau move that midship cleat back to a position adjacent with the door.


    The bow is accessed by either of the side decks, with the starboard of course being easier to negotiate as it is wider than the portside deck. The bow features a split rail forward easing the chore of working the ground tackle as well as facilitating bow-in mooring. A large anchor locker makes managing any tangles easy whether the optional windlass is chosen or not. Just behind is an open deck that will accommodate an optional sun pad and also has a hatch leading to the forward cabin.


    The accommodations deck is down two forward steps and the design allows for two private cabins, something practically unheard of in a boat this size. The forward cabin features an island berth with access to both sides. The clever use of space again comes into play here as the berth is only 5'9" (1.8 m) when not in use providing much easier access throughout the cabin. When it's time to turn in, it then extends to a full 6'8" (2 m). The usual storage is accommodated and natural light comes in through hullside windows and an overhead hatch.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
    Down below she offers a two stateroom layout with a shared head.

    Just abaft is a guest cabin with a double berth and standing headroom at the entrance. Natural light comes from overhead and hullside windows. This cabin does offer limited storage space, but it is a fair trade-off for having the privacy of the second cabin.

    Available Options

    While the basic Merry Fisher 855 is well-appointed there are always options to ensure an owner's boat is dialed-in to his or her liking. "Trim Level Premiere" options include a windlass, refrigerator, a cockpit shower, trim tabs, LED courtesy lights, aft cockpit cushions, and a double berth complement in the salon (LED lights are in the wheelhouse and forward berth). Of course it would be a rare cruiser that doesn't include these essentials when the initial order is being written. Naturally there are electronics packages available, and a camper canvas package will allow the aft deck to be enclosed for three-season comfort. The comfort package includes 110 V Shorepower/charger and a water heater. A bow thruster is offered as a separate option.


    Jeanneau seems to have created a practical and functional cruiser in the Merry Fisher 855. Her size makes her an excellent trade-off between a boat that serves as a real cruiser and a boat that is small enough to still be handled by novice operators. And with her versatility she can be as comfortable entertaining a party as she is carrying a couple on an extended voyage.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Optional


    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Water Heater Optional
    Windlass Optional


    Microwave Optional
    Refrigerator Optional
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Optional
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional


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