1978 Merritt Sportfish

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Yacht Overview

Make: Merritt

Model: Sportfish

Year: 1978

Length: 53′

Located In: Pompano Beach, FL

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Wood

YW#: 8483813


Major refit in 2014-2019 on this classic Merritt sportfish including new tower, new electronics, complete paint job, new teak covering boards, new interior, new generator and new teak deck. OLD SCHOOL is a fabulous fishing machine that cruises at 27.5 knots at 1950 RPMs while using 50 gallons per hour; top speed of 33 knots.


Full Specs

Boat Name



LOA: 53
Beam: 16.42 ft
Maximum Draft: 3.5 ft


Engine Brand: MAN
Engine Model: D2840LE401
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 820|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard

Engine Brand: MAN
Engine Model: D2840LE401
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 820|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard


Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (150 Gallon)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (880 Gallon)


Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2


OLD SCHOOL comfortably sleeps four owners and guests in two staterooms, with two heads. From the cockpit, one enters the Salon through sliding double doors. The Salon is open to the Galley. Master and Guest Staterooms are accessed from the companionway, down three steps and forward of the Galley. There is storage underneath the teak steps.

  • Teak interior
  • New L-shaped brown leather sofa with storage below
  • End table with storage cabinet, portside, aft.
  • 2 Berrel-style swivel chairs, starboard
  • 42" TV in pop-up cabinetry, starboard, between barrel chairs
  • AM/FM stereo
  • 6-Disk CD player
  • LED Lighting, recessed in overhead

  • U-Shaped galley on port side open to salon
  • Granite counter tops
  • (2) two drawer SubZero refrigerators
  • (1) two drawer SubZero freezers
  • 3 burner Kenyon stove top
  • Breville toaster oven
  • GE microwave oven
  • Teak cabinetry with ample storage in cabinets and drawers
  • Teak and Holy sole

  • Located to port
  • Queen berth with four drawers for storage below
  • Built-in night table with three drawers
  • Bedspread and coordinating pillows
  • Teak-trimmed port light

  • Forward of Master Stateroom
  • Head Hunter fresh water flush head
  • White oval sink with single lever faucet in off-white countertop
  • Vanity with storage cabinet and drawers
  • Mirrored cabinet above sink
  • Wood-framed lighting overhead
  • Stall shower
  • Deck hatch
  • Teak and holly sole

  • Forward
  • Twin upper berth over double lower berth
  • Bedspreads and coordinating pillows
  • Built-in dresser
  • Storage lockers
  • Hatch to bow

  • Starboard, off companionway
  • Head Hunter fresh water flush head
  • Stainless steel oval sink with single lever faucet in beige countertop
  • Vanity with storage cabinet
  • Mirrored cabinet above sink
  • Stall shower with Plexiglas door
  • Porthole
  • Teak and holly sole

  • Teak accented helm station with stainless steel wheel and storage cabinets
  • Full PipeWelders tower, new 2015
  • Rod holders
  • Radar array mounted on flybridge hardtop
  • White padded pedestal helm chair with teak accent
  • Molded-in seating all around flybridge, white cushions with teak accent
  • Storage under seat cushions
  • SeaCrylic U-zip enclosure
  • Stereo speakers on flybridge
  • Tuna tower steering wheel and engines controls
  • Aluminum ladders port and starboard to tower

  • 2 Garmin 12" Touchscreen 
  • Garmin GPSMAP 1040 XS chart plotter
  • Garmin 12 KW 72 NM radar with 6' Array
  • Garmin black box network sounder
  • Garmin XM Radio/ Weather
  • Garmin AIS 600
  • Fusion stereo 

  • PipeWelders full tower, new 2015
  • Outriggers, new 2015
  • Teak cockpit deck
  • Bluewater fighting chair with 8 rod holders
  • 6 rod holders in gunwale
  • Teak step/bench
  • Anodized aluminum ladder with teak steps from cockpit to flybridge, portside
  • Raised step entry to Salon thru teak/glass sliding door on centerline
  • Cushions on top of cabinets port and starboard for seating
  • 2 Cockpit freezers
  • Tackle center
  • Live well
  • Transom door
  • Cockpit cover
  • Electric reel outlets
  • Drink cooler
  • Stereo speakers

  • Twin 820 hp MAN D2840LE401 diesel engines
  • ZF transmissions 1:580 to 1
  • Glendinning electronic controls
  • Fuel transfer system
  • Halon fire control system
  • Head Hunter fresh water flush head system with pump out
  • Freshwater cooling
  • Dripless shaft logs
  • Trim tabs
  • Fuel shut off
  • Engine room insulation
  • Oil change system
  • Cruisair air conditioning system
  • 2 Bilge blowers
  • 2 Racor filters
  • 9 Automatic bilge pumps

  • 21.5 KW Onan with 105 hours


Upgrades in the last 4 years, but not limited to:

  • Cockpit freezers and drink boxes, new 2011
  • New bolsters around tower post
  • New teak deck
  • New generator only 105 hours (Onan 21.5 KW, 2019)
  • New rug throughout
  • New forward galley cabinets with custom hand carved whales
  • New granite counter tops
  • New sink and faucets
  • New coffee table
  • New custom teak step into salon
  • All new varnish up to date
  • New hull paint job and boot stripes
  • New LED bar light in tower
  • New fusion stereo in Salon
  • New foam inserted into bridge cushions
  • New custom drop in stove top
  • Curtains ceramic coated
  • New tower and electronics
  • New paint on forward deck and bridge
  • Salon windows - Newly resealed
  • Engines up to date with all service
  • Engine hours are 5950
  • Zincs and bottom done
  • Water chest done
  • New soundproofing in salon
  • New Salon LED Lighting
  • New Jastram steering
  • Custom cockpit deck wells


OLD SCHOOL received a major refit in 2015 that included a new PipeWelders full tower, new electronics, complete paint job, and so much more. This classic Merritt has been brought up to date and will provide its new owner with many happy hours of fishing. A “must see” for the serious sportfisherman.

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