The Merry Fisher 855 Marlin is available with a single 300-hp or twin 150-hp outboards. These motors let designers create a layout that provides maximum cockpit and cabin space compared to inboard or stern-drive-powered cruisers in this size range.
The sliding aft bench and portside fold-up bench plus an available folding bench to starboard offer a variety of seating options. For fishing, slide the bench forward and fold up the seat and there’s space to go after big game. In the bow, there are dedicated seating areas and owners can purchase optional cushions.
Two Pilothouse Configurations.
Buyers can get the Merry Fisher 855 Marlin in two or three-door designs for the pilothouse. The former has sliding doors to port and starboard, adjacent to the helm and galley. The latter adds a multi-panel aft sliding glass door as well as the two side doors.
The Merry Fisher 855 Marlin’s cockpit seating configurations provide versatility with the sliding aft bench and folding seat in the port gunwale. To starboard, the manufacturer provides easy access to the stern, which has twin swim steps on each side of the outboard motors, plus a swim ladder to starboard
Two storage lockers
in the sole can be used for fenders and lines and there’s a cockpit storage net as well. If the boat had inboard or stern drive power, the in-sole lockers wouldn’t be there because the engine would occupy the space.
and side rails make it easy to move forward to the bow (Jeanneau Merry Fisher calls this area the “Front Cockpit”), where there is a split pulpit with single seats on each side, plus a bench on the leading edge of the pilothouse.
Salon and Dining
Siding glass doors open up the salon to let in as much of the outdoors as possible. To port at the aft end of the salon, a bench with storage in the base has space for a couple and the captain and a co-pilot travel in bucket seats.
is forward to port and comes with a pressure freshwater sink and gas stove. A hinged countertop raises to open the galley, creating a clean flat surface when closed.
has a bucket seat with a fold-up bolster so that the captain can choose to drive from a standing or seated position. Sightlines through the windshield do not look too unobstructed thanks to narrow mullions, and drivers who like fresh air can open the sliding door to the starboard deck to enjoy the outdoors.
A companionway adjacent between the lower helm and galley leads to what would be the master cabin on the Merry Fisher 855 Marlin. The bow cabin has a double berth with hullside windows and an overhead deck hatch, plus a hanging locker for storage. The second cabin comes standard with storage and an opening window.
Like all Jeanneau models, the Merry Fisher 855 Marlin is built with end-grain balsa core encapsulated in a vinylester resin skin coat to prevent blistering, and then polyester resin. The laminate is resin-infused and vacuum bagged for proper saturation levels. The gelcoat is 22 mils thick and is backed up by alternating layers of fiberglass followed by the aforementioned coring and another layer of fiberglass.
Options to Consider
The Merry Fisher 855 Marlin has the versatility to serve many needs -- including fishing and cruising. She’s big enough to handle less-than-ideal water conditions and small enough for a captain who’s stepping into his first cruiser to maintain control. The cockpit and salon are designed for weather protection and flexibility.
In Cruiser Mode.
She is basically a "starter" cabin cruiser for someone moving up from a sportboat, or an affordable cruising boat for a couple or a young family. She is a way to get out on the water, do coastal cruising, and provide basic overnight accommodations in relative comfort. Because of her enclosed cabin, she can be used in high latitudes and should be an excellent 3-season vessel in the appropriate locations.
In Fishing Mode.
With her baitwell and perhaps with the addition of a couple of options, she can serve the sports angler as well as the meat fisherman. We can easily visualize her working the Bahamas Banks with her walk-around capability, as well as fishing for king salmon from Seattle all the way north to Anchorage, Alaska.
The fact that she is outboard-powered maximizes interior room, simplifies maintenance, and perhaps has some other advantages as well. There certainly seems to be a trend to outboard-powered boats and this Merry Fisher 855 Marlin will fill the bill for many boaters.
Standard and Optional Features
Boats More Than 30 Feet
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