Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-)
(w/ 2 x 380-hp Cummins QSB 6.7L)

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Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan - Design and Styling

Without the lower helm station, there is more room in the salon for entertaining.
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We think that the Meridian designers have done a good job of packing a lot of utility into the 391 Sedan as can be seen in the layout above. The salon can seat five or six people, the dinette is raised so that guests can see out, and the galley has been tucked into the passageway going below, making double use of this space. There is standing headroom in the master as well as in the entrance to the guest stateroom to starboard.

Key Features

  • L-lounge seat on bridge helm
  • Adjustable Captain's chair
  • DTS electronic engine controls
  • Dash panel
  • Sliding glass door in cockpit
  • Pressurized water system
  • Integrated vessel control
  • Hanging locker in forward and mid staterooms
  • Hardwood flooring and cherry construction in galley

Specifications

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) Specifications
Length Overall 40' 11''
12.5 m
Dry Weight 25,000 lbs.
11,340 kg
Beam 13' 11''
4.2 m
Tested Weight 28,705 lbs.
13,020 kg
Draft 2' 9''
0.8 m
Fuel Cap 350 gal.
1,325 L
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap 125 gal.
473 L
Max Headroom 6' 5''
1.96 m
Bridge Clearance 14'
4.3 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) Engine options
Std. Power 2 x 370-hp Mercury Inboards with fresh water cooling 8.1L
Tested Power 2 x 380-hp Cummins QSB 6.7L
Opt. Power 1 x 420-hp Mercury HO DTS Inboards 8.2
2 x 330-hp Cummins QSB Diesels
2 x 380-hp Cummins QSB Diesels
2 x 425-hp Cummins QSB Diesels

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) Captain's Report

Meridian 391 Sedan

We tested the Meridian 391 with a pair of Cummins QSB 6.7L 380-hp engines with V-drives.

The Mission of the Meridian 391 Sedan

Meridian put a lot of thought into its 391 Sedan. It has managed to create a comfortable handling boat, that easily accommodates two couples or a small family for either weekends or mini-vacations away from the home port. Because she is so easy to handle, she also makes a good transitional yacht for those moving up from day boats or bowriders.

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The Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan Flying Bridge.

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan 2013

The Meridian 391 Sedan main deck, cockpit and master stateroom. The red arrow indicates the location of the guest stateroom which is under the settee.

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan 2013

The guest stateroom has full standing headroom at the entrance, but these guests must duck down to get into the double bed.

The best place to begin this report is with the ships systems. As this was a blistering hot Florida test day, the first order of business was to get the optional two zone air-conditioning fired up. That meant a check out of the generator first. It's accessed from a hatch under the cockpit deck and installation leaves plenty of room for storage around the generator itself. Meridian offers two choices for generators based on the main power choice. If gas power is chosen, then a 10 kW Koehler gas genset is available. With the diesel power of our test boat, we also have the optional 9 kW Onan generator with sound shield.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The generator is accessed from a hatch in the main cockpit, one of two access points.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The ship’s main batteries are in the same compartment as the generator and there's space left over for storage.

Let There Be Power

With the generator checked out it's time to move in to the salon and turn it on via the ship’s main power panel. The panel is located in a cabinet to the port side of the sliding glass entry door. 12V systems are to one side, 120V to the other. In the center of the panel are two gauges giving capacity readouts for the water tank and holding tank, and of course the controls for the generator. The generator started, and power transferred, the air conditioning was activated and a cooling effect was immediate.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The ship's main power panel is located just inside the salon, and concealed in a nicely finished cabinet.

Main Engine Checkout

With the generator purring away it was time to move to the main engines. This ignition key position does not start the engines, it just activates power to the helm and engine room start/stop buttons. The engines themselves are located under the well-soundproofed deck in the main salon and they can be accessed by either a main salon hatch (useful when maintenance is required), or by lifting the stairs to the flybridge exposing another set of stairs to the engine room (convenient for daily engine checks). The hatch in the salon is just under the movable pedestal table, so it’s a bit easier to use the cockpit entrance.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The engine room is well lit with crawlspace access to both outboard sides, and between the engines. Note the battery switches to the right.

Meridian 391 Sedan

Once the engines are checked out they can be started from right inside the engine room as well as from the helm.

Just to the right of the stairs are the main battery switches. The twin Cummins diesels are easily reached via crawl space both between the engines and to the outboard sides. On the aft bulkhead are engine start/stop buttons and I always like to look at the engines running to check for any fluid leaks under pressure, so to me, this is a much appreciated feature, and it is the reason I activated the ignitions before entering the engine compartment. I also found the compartment to be well lit leaving no areas in the dark.

With the mains warming up, running normally, and showing no signs of any leakage it's time to move to the helm.

Helm

Meridian went with a helm layout that is as attractive as it is functional. Twin optional Raymarine navigational displays are to either side of the digital depth gauge. Large analog gauges for each engine are to the outboard sides of the panel. The panel lifts to expose all the connections for easy service.

Meridian 391 Sedan

Meridian created a functional workstation with the helm of the 391 Sedan. Note how the controls for the thruster are just to the right of the main engine controls.

Meridian 391 Sedan

There are analog gauges, as well as the SmartCraft VesselView display giving a steady flow of information on the two main engines.

Below and to the right are the SmartCraft display and autopilot. To the right of the wheel are the engine start/stop buttons and the digital throttle and shift controls, and I’ve really come to appreciate the long sticks on these controls that allow for making operating while standing a comfortable affair. Behind are the thruster controls and ancillary switches.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The helm seat is butter soft, swivels and slides, and also includes a comfortable flip up bolster.

Performance Test

The Meridian 391 Sedan has a LOA of 40’11” (12.5 m), a beam of 13’11” (4.2 m), and a draft of 2’9”(0.84 m). With an empty weight of 25,000 lbs. (11,340 kg), full fuel, and three people onboard, we had a test weight of 28,705 lbs. (13,020 kg).

Meridian 391 Sedan

The flying bridge helm offers an unobstructed view, a lower helm station is offered as an option.

With a pair of optional 380-hp Cummins QSB 6.7L engines driving our test boat we reached a top speed at 3158 rpm of 30 mph even. At that speed we were burning a total of 37.9 gph giving us a range of 249 miles.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The purpose of the Meridian 391 Sedan is to be a comfortable handling boat, that can accommodate two couples or a small family for weekends or a mini-vacation away from home

Best cruise is a bit surprising. Backing the throttle down to 2500 rpm and 19.6 mph only increased the range by 1 mile, and it stayed the same at 2750 rpm and 23.9 mph. For the short runs it does pay to drop the speed, as the fuel burn will be less, but for distance cruising, go ahead and cruise at full speed.

Click on the Test Results tab at the top of this page for full results.

We reached planing speed at 6.7 seconds, and accelerated through 20 mph in 8.6 seconds.

Handling

When advancing the throttle, the 391’s bow comes up 11-degrees. Once on plane she settled into a 5-degree bow high cruise attitude. When tuning she leans 10 degrees into the turn which I found to be quite comfortable. Even with her straight shafts and rudders, she doesn’t quite have the tight turning radius of her smaller sister but good response time to the helm is still there. She handles waves well as can be seen cutting through the wakes of the camera boat. Any spray gets thrown well out to the sides for a relatively dry ride.

Meridian 391 Sedan

One characteristic Meridian Yachts all seem to share, is their excellent ability to carve through waves. Aside from their accommodations layout, this is one of the key features that make them such excellent cruising yachts.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The Meridian 391 presents a comfortable 10-degree roll into the turns and has excellent responsiveness to the helm.

Docking

Anyone transitioning into this cruiser from a smaller boat will have no trouble acclimating to the 391’s handling characteristics around the dock. I simply used the engine controls to direct the momentum of the 391, with the thrusters proving precise directional control. There are clear sightlines to the starboard side, and the stern is visible through the hatch to the stairs.

Meridian 391 Sedan

With both standard bow and stern thrusters, the 391 is an exceptionally easy boat to bring into a dock, even for a beginner.

Meridian 391 Sedan

When backing into a slip, the stern is easily viewed through the companionway hatch leading up to the flying bridge.

Additional Operational Features

Meridian 391 Sedan

Some additional operational features include these convenient fender holders in the steps to the side decks.

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At the transom there’s a conveniently placed grab rail. A fresh water shower is to port and the shore power connections are to starboard. The hatches are not only gasketed, but notched to accommodate the cord.

Meridian 391 Sedan

Even the platform has a channel for the cord to run through, eliminating the tripping hazard.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The side decks are narrow but easily traveled thanks to grab handles in all the right spots.

Meridian 391 Sedan

There are two deck hatches with notches in the bow eliminating any tripping hazards when the ground tackle is not being used.

Meridian 391 Sedan

With the hatch open, the windlass is easily managed with foot controls to the left. Hot and cold fresh water washdowns are to either side of a hatch leading under the windlass for managing tangles.

Accommodations

Meridian 391 Sedan

If the waterfront views aren’t enough, the comfort level of the Ultraleather sofa will definitely do the trick. Karadon solid surface countertops continue here as well.

Meridian 391 Sedan

Where others would simply add a high-low coffee table and a filler cushion and call the salon couch a “guest berth”, Meridian went with a far more comfortable pull-out type bed as an option. Just be sure to work in a timeframe for your extra guests to leave because the comfort level will work against that.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The two chairs are movable, the table is solid cherry. Notice the lower level of windows that allow for clear sightlines to the horizon from the seated position. Notice the optional icemaker under the standard 19” (48.3 cm) flatscreen TV. The ships electrical panel is in the cabinet just above.

Meridian 391 Sedan

Solid wood overhead treatments with LED lighting complement the high ceilings seen throughout the 391 interior.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The raised dinette allows commanding views while enjoying a meal. The area will get swapped out for the optional lower helm station if the 391 is ordered with that option.

Meridian 391 Sedan

Here a filler cushion is the only choice given the space but it adds yet another space for an extra overnight guest.

Meridian 391 Sedan

Belle Ironwood natural flooring and Karadon solid surface countertops highlight the beauty of this recessed galley. A Nova Kool refrigerator and convection microwave round out the functionality. The electric stove can be swapped out for propane.

Meridian 391 Sedan

Sitting space next to the island berth makes a perfect spot for putting shoes on before a night out at the dockside restaurant. Dual LED lights over the berth have individual switches. With the optional air conditioning, this stateroom gets a separate control zone.

Meridian 391 Sedan

Natural light enters the guest stateroom through hull side windows. A 19” (48.3 cm) flatscreen is standard for this room. A DVD player is optional.

Meridian 391 Sedan

The creative use of space can be seen here in the day head. Meridian also strives for quality fit-and-finish with all seams meeting in perfectly straight lines, and solid surface counters giving way to upscale components like this premium faucet and stainless sink.

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) is 30.0 mph (48.3 kph), burning 37.90 gallons per hour (gph) or 143.45 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) is 19.6 mph (31.5 kph), and the boat gets 0.79 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.34 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 250 miles (402.34 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 2 x 380-hp Cummins QSB 6.7L.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Autopilot Optional
GPS/Chart Optional
VHF Radio Optional
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Optional
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
Washdown: Raw Water Optional
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard
Galley
Icemaker Optional
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Arch: Electronics Standard
Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Full Canvas Optional
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Fuel Transfer Optional
Freezer Standard
Generator Optional
Oil Change System Optional
Vacuum Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) Warranty

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) Price

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan (2014-) Price
Pricing Range $350,000.00 - $550,000.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


Test Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 2 x 380-hp Cummins QSB 6.7L
  Range  
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
600 3.9 3.3 0.7 5.5 4.8 1733 1507 2789 6.30 2.65 2.34 0
1000 6.8 5.9 2.3 3.0 2.6 931 810 1498 10.90 8.71 1.26 0
1250 7.8 6.8 4.1 1.9 1.7 599 521 964 12.60 15.52 0.81 0
1500 9.0 7.8 6.7 1.3 1.2 423 368 681 14.50 25.36 0.57 0
1750 9.7 8.4 10.6 0.9 0.8 287 249 462 15.60 40.13 0.39 0
2000 10.9 9.5 16.8 0.7 0.6 204 178 328 17.50 63.59 0.28 0
2250 14.4 12.5 20.2 0.7 0.6 225 195 362 23.20 76.47 0.30 0
2500 19.6 17.0 24.7 0.8 0.7 250 217 402 31.50 93.50 0.34 0
2750 23.9 20.7 30.1 0.8 0.7 250 217 402 38.50 113.94 0.34 0
3000 27.2 23.6 35.5 0.8 0.7 241 209 388 43.80 134.38 0.32 0
3158 30.0 26.1 37.9 0.8 0.7 249 217 401 48.30 143.47 0.34 0

All fuel consumption numbers are the total 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.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 2 x 380-hp Cummins QSB 6.7L
Time To Plane 6.7 sec.
0 to 30 8.6 sec. (0-20)
Test Power 2 x 380-hp Cummins QSB 6.7L
Transmission N/A
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 3 persons, 4/4 fuel, 4/4 water, 50 lbs of gear
Climate 78 deg., 87 humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: calm