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|Std. Power||2 x 380-hp Cummins QSB Electronic Diesels|
|Tested Power||2 x 480-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 HO Zeus|
2 x 425-hp Cummins QSB Electronic Diesels
2 x 480-hp Cummins QSB Electronic Diesels
The Meridian 441 has a LOA of 47'2" (14.3 m) and a beam of 14'3" (4.3 m) and a dry displacement of 31,233 lbs. (14,197 kg.). She has lots of living space.
The main deck of the Meridian 441 Sedan.
The Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan is a two head/two stateroom with plenty of gathering areas on the main deck despite the fact that it is a galley-up design.
The salon has been moved aft and features J shaped seating opposing two movable chairs and a small table. A standard hi-low teak table easily converts the area from casual dining to cocktail parties.
The main salon is an attractive gathering area that is as functional as it is attractive. With Zeus pods the engines are moved under the cockpit deck freeing up cavernous storage under this salon deck.
The galley is forward with a dinette to starboard, both elevated one step up from the salon and this design feature adds more headroom for the master stateroom below. The galley includes a full height refrigerator/freezer, cherry cabinetry, a convection microwave, double sink, Karadon solid surface countertops, a lighted corner cabinet and natural hardwood flooring.
Looking forward from the main salon the galley area is elevated and offers commanding views. An optional lower helm can be installed to the starboard side.
The galley is appointed with top level appliances, cherry cabinetry and some of the best views on board.
The accommodation plan of the Meridian 441 Sedan.
Moving below decks, Meridian went with a full beam master stateroom with the island berth mounted athwartships. Forward is a VIP stateroom. A full sized head with separate shower is located to port, the guest head/day head is located to starboard. Both staterooms feature cherry cabinetry and designer fabrics.
The master stateroom is full beam and features more high-gloss cherry cabinetry. Amazing views can be had through the lengthy hull side windows. Notice the overhead geometry that provides standing headroom in the front of the berth.
The high-gloss cherry wood theme continues in the forward VIP stateroom, and it's even accommodated in the overhead treatments. The shelves just below the opening port lights are practical as well as adding to the nautical charm.
The separate shower in the master head has a curved acrylic facing and door that adds more room to the shower interior. The opening port light provides ventilation and the seat allows for showering even while underway.
But the comfort level of the 441 Sedan is only part of the story. Her real appeal manifests itself once the lines are cast off. Let's start by taking a look at some of her operational features.
The cockpit is entered from a gate to the starboard side, and there are courtesy light switches right at the entry gate to illuminate the whole cockpit, as well as the stairway to the flying bridge. Meridian hotwired these lights to the battery so they can be activated even with the batteries switched off.
The power panel is just inside the sliding glass salon entry doors, nestled into a cabinet at the aft port side of the salon. Both 12V and 120V switches are in the same panel, split side to side. The generator controls are to the right. In the center are two gauges for the water tank and holding tank levels. Turning the two ignition keys activates power to the helm, but they do not start the engines.
The power panel is split into two halves, 12V to the left, 120V to the right.
Pod Drives or V-Drives
The 441 is available with Cummins diesels with either V-drive transmissions or pod drives. With V-drives the engines will be located under the deck in the main salon. Our boat was powered with Zeus pods which move the engines back underneath the cockpit deck. This freed up space under the salon for a massive amount of storage, as can well be imagined.
With V-drives the boat comes standard with bow and stern thrusters and joystick-like devices for easy docking. With the Zeus pod drives the vessel also comes with a joystick, but without a bow thruster since it is not needed for easy docking. Those people wanting a bow thruster in addition to the pod system can order it as an option.
Opening a hatch in the cockpit revealed steps leading directly to a platform between the two engines and over the main batteries.
A short jackshaft connects the engines to the Zeus pods.
The Onan 11.5 kW genset is standard.
Connections to the underwater exhausts are clearly visible in the corners, so those can easily be checked for leaks. Meridian did a professional job in ensuring that everything is correctly double clamped and the sharp edges of the clamps are covered to protect against harm when rubbing against them. Our test boat was equipped with an optional cable reel system for the shore cord. Pulling two pins eases removal of the steps and allows access to the forward end of the engine compartment where the fire suppression system, engine controls, the oil change system and raw water strainers are all located.
The flying bridge is accessed by molded-in fiberglass stairs on the starboard side. A lockable hatch keeps the flying bridge secure and also as a measure of safety should any children be visiting the upper deck.
The flying bridge is well laid out with a bench seat which allows more eyes to face forward next to the helm. Also most skippers we know like company. An entertainment center is just behind. Wraparound seating surrounds a table to the aft deck.
The hardtop is optional, but I've yet to see a 441 delivered without it. Additional options include the TV, refrigerator, and electric grill to port.
Now let’s take a look at the helm. Meridian created a stylish and functional helm for the 441 with optional twin hybrid touch Raymarine nav displays to either side of the digital depth gauge. Electronics installation is amazingly simple as the entire panel lifts up without the need for any tools. Analog gauges are to either side of the panel giving information for each engine.
The starboard side helm wraps around the operator creating an efficient control station that is attractive in its functionality. Note the analog gauges to the outside of the hybrid touch screens.
Important toggle switches such as fuel transfer and automatic anchor windlass remove are located just below the VHF.
A host of optional features are included with the Cummins engine controls. The joystick is just to the right of the throttles with its control pad just forward.
Below and to the left are the vessel view display and VHF radio, to the right are the engine start/stop buttons, and the optional remote spotlight control.
Further to the right are the Zeus joystick, and the Cummins digital engine controls, right next to each other for convenience and good ergonomics. Further aft is a gloss finished subpanel for additional switches, including the emergency engine stop switches.
Meridian chose a helm seat that is as comfortable as any in class, or out of class for that matter.
But as pleasing as the helm layout is, it’s got nothing on the premium helm seat. It’s fabricated from butter-soft leather and is plush padded. A raised headrest adds comfort, and wings project forward for side-to-side support. Armrests flip up, and the bolster is widened to better serve for sitting on. Controls underneath allow it to swivel, slide, raise and lower.
Our Meridian 441 Sedan had a LOA of 47’2” (14.3 m), a beam of 14’3” (4.3 m), and a draft of 3’1” (.9 m). With an empty weight of 31,233 lbs. (14,167 kg.), half fuel and 2 people onboard, we had a test weight of 32,943 lbs. (14,942 kg.).
With a pair of 480-hp Cummins QSB 6.7L HO engines turning Zeus pod counter-rotating props, we reached a top speed at 3380 rpm of 35.4 mph. At that speed we were burning 48.1 gph for a range of 286 miles. Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 30.1 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 26.1 gph giving the 441 a range of 307 miles and an endurance of 10 hours and 12 minutes.
The fuel burns are so close from 3000 on up that it really makes little difference between cruise and full throttle so just run her where she feels more comfortable for the prevailing conditions.
We reached planing speed in 8.5 seconds, hit 20 mph in 9.9 seconds, and continued accelerating past 30 mph in 18.9 seconds.
She only presents a 12-degree bow rise upon acceleration, and once at cruise speed settled into a 5-degree bow high attitude. With pods the turning radius is limited at speed to prevent unsafe maneuvers, so the 441 has mild turning characteristics, even though she responds well to the helm. In other words, no matter how aggressive I got with the wheel, she remained comfortable throughout rolling a maximum of 12-degrees into the turns.
The 441 presents a roll angle of only 12-degrees remaining comfortable throughout.
Regardless of how aggressive we got with the 441, she threw spray far to the sides keeping the windshield and deck surprisingly dry.
She’s also an exceedingly dry boat throwing spray far and low so there’s minimal blow-back onto the boat. From a comfort standpoint, Meridian really nailed the windscreen as the wind was blowing across the top of my head and not into my face. The helm seat is telescoping so captains of differing heights will be able to achieve the same benefit.
The 441 offers a great view from the helm, and the seat is telescopic so even captains of varying heights will be protected from the wind.
With the standard 380-hp V-drive Cummins diesels, bow and stern thrusters are provided to ease her into the dock. With the Zeus propulsion system the joystick is right next to the engine controls and moving the joystick has the boat following the movements of the joystick with exacting precision. Rotating the control will cause the 441 to rotate as well.
The design team at Meridian Yachts tells me that this is their best selling yacht, and I have no trouble believing that. It’s not only well designed, but she handles well, and looks attractive.
With two, large staterooms below and six venues -- 1) the stateroom, 2) dinette, 3) salon, 4) cockpit, 5) companion seat at the helm, 6) dinette on the flying bridge -- there is plenty of room and private spaces to make cruising with two couples pleasant, genteel and comfortable.
The sedan's long overhang over the cockpit allows it to be enclosed in cruising canvas and the same can (and should) be done on the flying bridge. This extra investment makes the 441 a three-season vessel and at the same time creates more "living" space and a relatively small added expense.
|Dripless Shaft Seals|
|Washdown: Fresh Water|
|Washdown: Raw Water|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
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|Oil Change System|
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