Meridian Yachts is a fairly new player in the yachting arena but it is fast becoming a major force, mostly due to their continual desire to upgrade their quality year after year. We’re not talking about the hull integrity, or seaworthiness, they’ve already got that figured out… but “quality” in livability and design aesthetics are where others can’t seem to get it right. Even Meridian’s smaller yachts have eye appeal that others seem to lack. In our opinion, its midrange yachts have really nailed down the combination of comfort and style that add so much to this brand’s growing popularity.
Captain's chair: reclining single bucket helm seat
Locking sliding glass door to salon with roll screen, stainless-steel frame
Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Captain's Report
Capt. Steve Says...
Being an operator, my first tendency is always to head to the helm. Everyone wants to be where the action is, and when underway, that’s at the helm. Thus, the bridge deck is laid out to accommodate the full complement of passengers, and allows for conversation and entertaining - a feature that seems to escape some builders in this area.
Inevitably, people end up in groups, whether it’s the men in one spot and women in another, or whatever-- there are always separate cliques. The 441 seems to realize this and accommodates it naturally. A large seat aft curves around a table, and forward, there are forward facing seats for joining the captain in watching what’s ahead -- and an extra set of eyes is always welcome.
An entertainment center with sink and optional electric grill separates the two areas. An optional refrigerator is to starboard. This model also had an optional 23” LCD TV with DVD over the starboard fridge but that didn’t sit too well with me… kind of like smoking a cigarette on the beach. We’re here to enjoy the outdoors and fresh air. In my opinion, if you want to watch TV, stay home.
A well laid out bridge deck accommodates even the most popular captains. Check out the hardtop with overhead speakers and sunroofs. That one last grab rail at the top of the stairs is in just the right spot when underway. The curved seat to port has a sun pad conversion.
At the Helm
The helm has a single bucket seat that reclines (I’m not kidding) and the panel leaves plenty of room for the nav package of choice. The standard controls are digital, so a delicate touch is required here. An engine synchronizer is standard. For close quarters maneuvering, Meridian Yachts' exclusive “Docking On Command” feature links the bow and stern thrusters into a single control. But this boat has maneuvering controls that are even more sophisticated. Called “Total Command,” it’s got the same features as Docking On Command, but adds the functionality of controlling the transmissions as well.
So where you would have previously maneuvered sideways and added forward or reverse to move in the diagonal, “Total Command” does it for you with that single control. Very cool.
A Bimini top is standard, but I would opt for the hardtop. As this is the only helm on the boat unless you choose the lower helm option (which I think is a waste of space), the isinglass enclosure is going to be a mandatory option. If you live in Florida, perhaps you don’t need a hardtop and isinglass, otherwise I would go for it. By adding a hardtop and isinglass you have the best of both worlds – a flying bridge in the air, or a snug “sky lounge” helm when it is cool or rainy. Also, this is the most cost efficient way I can think of to add “living space” to the boat.
Into the Salon
If the bridge left any doubts about Meridian’s dedication to space, the salon will leave none. Large sliding doors give way to a spacious salon that’s separated from the forward galley with a single step, giving you an open, uncluttered view of the layout. The sofa lies to starboard and directly across are two chairs separated by a small table and lamp, perfect for resting the cocktails on.
Large salon windows give great visibility. Notice the outboard slots in the overhead. Those are the vents for the heat and air conditioning. The temperature is evenly maintained throughout and no one person is next to a blasting air vent.
This layout keeps the occupants facing each other, so everyone is involved in the gathering without having to turn their heads all evening. Large windows not only let in lots of natural light but, as they are low enough, give a view of the horizon as well. This has a surprising effect of reducing motion sickness for your more lubberly guests.
Moving forward, we step up into the galley. A settee is to starboard, and to port is the galley itself. It’s not huge and doesn’t need to be. This isn’t a long range cruiser, so we don’t need to allow for five-star meals. Keep it simple and save the space for where it’s needed. Good thinking on the part of Meridian’s designers.
But even for its size, the galley is well equipped: a full height refrigerator/freezer, double sink, convection microwave, high gloss cherry cabinetry, three burner stove, and Karadon countertops throughout.
In my opinion, Meridian got the labeling of their staterooms backwards. Midships is the guest stateroom and it’s pretty nice for being just for guests. It spans the yacht’s full beam and features a double sized island berth, built in chest with three drawers, cedar lined hanging locker, a desk with electrical and phone jacks, and a vanity with flip up mirror and stool. There are four hullside portlights bonded into the hull, so leaking and creaking are not a factor. The guest head doubles as a day head.
The mid-stateroom features large portlights, a desk with electrical and phone jack, a pop up vanity with stool and an island berth. Meridian calls this a guest stateroom!
The master stateroom is forward. The island berth is queen sized, deck hatches are above, there are portlights to either side, the head is en suite. All of this is pretty standard on most boats as there really is not much else that can be done in the bow.
If this were my boat, I think I’d make the midships stateroom my “master.” It has more room and amenities and a midships location is more comfortable.
The engine room is accessed by lifting the stairs to the bridge and it’s clean and roomy. Standard power: twin 380-hp QSB Cummins electronic diesels. Options are either 420 or 480-hp Cummins units. This boat had the optional engine oil changing system and fuel transfer pump – two options I recommend. There is also plenty of room to accommodate the 11.5 kW Onan generator and sound shield.
Again, Meridian is the largest builder of sedans in the U.S. The company is working hard to make handling a large boat easier, its designers and engineers are drawing on the industry’s best practices to incorporate as much as they can into large motoryachts at an affordable price point, and the lines and styling of its boats are attractive. The 441 Sedan is a surprisingly comfortable yacht, and rewardingly functional as well. Throw in Meridian’s best in class warranty and you have a combination that not only deserves your attention, it demands and keeps it. But don’t take my word for it: You need to see it for yourself.
Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge (2009-) is 28.9 mph (46.5 kph), burning 49.6 gallons per hour (gph) or 187.74 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge (2009-) is 19.6 mph (31.5 kph), and the boat gets 0.71 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.3 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 276 miles (444.18 kilometers).
Tested power is 2 x 425-hp Cummins QSB5.9.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels go to our Test Results section.
Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Raw Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Oil Change System
= Standard = Optional
Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Warranty
Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Warranty Information
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10-year Structural Express Limited
10-year Structural Express Limited
5-year Express Limited
Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Price
Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge (2009-) Price
Base Price (MSRP)
Price as Tested
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