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The 411 Sedan is a livable cruiser that features a comfortable and spacious layout. She has plenty of room for family and guests, and makes for an ideal weekender or extended cruiser.
- 10-year hull and deck limited warranty
- Solid-cherry wood interior with gloss finish
- Large two-stateroom/two-head floor plan
- Karadon™ custom solid-surface countertops
- Expansive cockpit
- Island berth in second stateroom
- Stand-up access to engine room
Meridian Yachts 411 Sedan Specifications
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Meridian Yachts 411 Sedan Line Drawing
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For the weekend...or weeks at a time.
The Meridian 411 Sedan provides the comfort and performance you would expect from a larger yacht. Whether extended cruising or out for a weekend getaway, this is the perfect family cruiser to get you
The salon provides room for several guests.
Featuring an entertainment center and comfortable seating the salon provides the comfort of home while out on the water.
Comforts of home
With its double sink, refrigerator, cook top and large window this galley will inspire any cook.
Stateroom with style
With its queen island berth, two hanging locker and ensuite head, the master stateroom offers unmatched comfort.
Dinning at its finest
With room for 4, the dinette provides a spectacular place to enjoy a home cooked meal.
Enjoy the ride and the view from this flybridge.
With its sleek styling and comfortable features the Meridian 411 Sedan is sure to please.
Meridian Yachts 411 Sedan Captain's Report
New 411 Features An Open Layout And Large Staterooms
Tested By Capt. Vince Daniello
Meridian Yachts was launched in August of 2002 with the mission of bringing innovation to the mid-sized motoryacht market. Essentially a consolidation of several companies within Brunswick Boat Group, Meridian is a new line that draws upon Brunswick’s vast experience from boat builders like Hatteras, Sea Ray, and Boston Whaler, while allowing the flexibility to experiment with new ideas; much like Saturn was spun from General Motors with the goal of “thinking outside the box.”
The 2003 model year consists of seven boats, most of which are somewhat revamped versions of models previously produced by Bayliner and Maxum. However, the line consists of two new models including the Meridian Yachts 411 Sedan, which I had the opportunity to test at the Miami International Boat Show.
The Engine Room
Since this is a new boat from a company that promises innovation, I immediately set out to discover some; and it didn’t take long to find. I was immediately impressed by the 411’s cockpit access to the engineroom, something very rare on a forty-footer. The steps from the cockpit to the bridge lift to reveal a fidley worthy of a much larger boat.
Meridian Yachts found the space for this by stealing one storage compartment from under the saloon sofa; an imaginative solution that was probably expensive to tool, but worth it for a company that intends to spread the cost over a lot of boats. It is a little tight, and could use an overhead handrail, but this simple addition will keep the engineroom mess out of the saloon. A hatch in the saloon provides additional access, but this should only be necessary for extensive work. Once inside, the engineroom is huge, with plenty of room to work on the Cummins engines, diesel generator, and associated items, plus enough room for a large toolbox, parts storage, or additional equipment. Usable space in the engineroom actually rivals most fifty-plus foot sportfishing boats.
I did find two complaints on our test boat. The Racor filters did not include proper shut off valves which makes it hard to change filters without losing the prime on a diesel engine; and the walkway between the engines was essentially the bottom of the bilge, with any standing bilge water sloshing around on the non-skid.
While not exactly innovative, there were many pleasant surprises in the cabin. The galley featured a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer unlike any I’ve seen before. There were also numerous drawers and pullout trays, unique adjustable dish storage racks, and even a lazy-susan inside the galley cabinets. With the open layout and seven large windows I had such a good view around the boat that, except for the air conditioning, I still felt as if I was outside. Provisions were made for natural light in the staterooms as well, with an opening hatch in the forward stateroom and a round skylight forward of the dinette, just inside of the forward saloon windows. This skylight allows sunlight to pass through the saloon windows and down to the aft stateroom.
Notice I did not refer to the staterooms as master and guest. While the forward stateroom will clearly be the favorite of most, it could go either way. Both staterooms have en-suite access to individual heads, although the aft stateroom head is shared with anyone sleeping in the saloon. The forward head includes a separate shower stall, where the aft head has a curtain and retractable shower head to save space. Both staterooms have island-style beds, about equal storage, and similar amenities. The aft queen bed is placed beneath the galley, so the area above the bed only offers sitting headroom. Headroom at the foot of the bed is much better, but still not quite enough to fully stand. Slightly farther forward there’s enough height to do jumping-jacks.
At The Controls
The design of the helm is equally well-conceived, with important information at eye level and frequently used switches within easy reach. Engine ignitions, bilge blower switches, and other infrequently used controls are tucked below the helm where they are less likely to be bumped accidentally. The seating arrangement is practical, and storage is plentiful. All of the exterior storage compartments are fitted with plastic liners rather than the rough fiberglass we see on some boats.
To create more room in the cabin, the side decks leading to the bow are fairly narrow, but Meridian Yachts includes long handrails along the eyebrow for comfortable, secure passage all the way from the cockpit to the bow. There is also ample storage on the bow and in the cockpit for lines, fenders, and gear, including fender storage concealed beneath the steps on the sides of the cockpit. There is actually an overabundance of fender storage.
Another thoughtful idea; the transom is sculpted with a cleverly conceived “bulge”, sort of a mini-island that extends out onto the swim platform. This creates an eye-pleasing shape to the stern of the boat, places a handrail where it is very convenient when on the swim platform, and creates a huge storage space, which is accessed through wide locker doors inside the cockpit.
The biggest concern I had with the boat was the choice of some hardware. The dinette table, for example, was mounted on an undersized pedestal. The whole table shook continuously, even at the dock. I don’t think it could be used at all while underway. But while I noticed a couple of questionable items, almost all of the hardware was better-than-average quality. Plenty of oversized deck cleats, secure latches, and extra handrails indicate the items that caught my attention were clearly the exception, and that quality seems to be important in the new line.
While I did not see any other Meridians during my test, they have apparently incorporated some of the better qualities of this boat into their previously produced models. I look forward to the opportunity to see for myself, and to explore the next new offering from Meridian Yachts.
Meridian Yachts 411 Sedan Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Meridian Yachts 411 Sedan is 30.1 MPH (48.4 KPH), burning 34.0 gallons per hour (GPH) or 128.69 liters per hour (LPH).
- Best cruise for the Meridian Yachts 411 Sedan is 17.9 MPH (28.8 KPH), and the boat gets 1.09 miles per gallon (MPG) or 0.46 kilometers per liter (KPL), giving the boat a cruising range of 393 miles (632.47 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 370-hp Cummins Diesels.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results
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Meridian Yachts 411 Sedan Warranty
Meridian Yachts 411 Sedan Warranty Information
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Test Power: 2 x 370-hp Cummins Diesels
All fuel consumption numbers is the total are for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation.
Test Power: 2 x 370-hp Cummins Diesels
|Time To Plane
|0 to 30
2 x 370-hp Cummins Diesels
||5 persons, 1/2 fuel, full water, minimal gear
||88 degrees, 71% humidity, light breeze, calm seas