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Brief Summary

The enclosed pilothouse of the Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin turns her into a compact all-weather cruiser. The snug galley and accommodations below for up to three make her a good entry-level sojourner for the ICW or the Great Lakes. Full walk-around space on the pilothouse assures easy bow access for anchor-handling and docking, and the cockpit converts easily for seating guests around a removable table.

Key Features

  • Aft cockpit sliding bench
  • Luxury port folding side bench
  • Rod storage
  • Life-bait tank
  • Salon table
  • Lockers under salon seats
  • Bar in salon
  • Front of the sea copilot bench
  • Galley single burner gas stove
  • Cabin double berth
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 27'
    8.25 m
    Beam 9' 8''
    2.97 m
    Dry Weight 6,382 lbs.
    2,895 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 1' 10''
    0.58 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 106 gal.
    400 L
    Water Capacity 26 gal.
    100 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    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

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    The Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin is available in a Comfort or Fishing edition. This is the Comfort Edition with a full width bench seat and dual tables in the cockpit.
    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    Angling the windshield down and aft lets Jeanneau create as big of a bow seating area as possible in the Merry Fisher 855 Marlin.
    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    The Fishing version has a smaller bench seat and a rod holder in the port gunwale.

    Distinguishing Features

     

    Outboard Power.

    The Merry Fisher 855 Marlin is available with a single 300-hp or twin 150-hp outboards. These motors let designers create a layout that provides maximum cockpit and cabin space compared to inboard or stern-drive-powered cruisers in this size range.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    For those interested in power-to-weight ratio, a Yamaha F300 outboard with a 25” shaft weighs 562 lbs. (255 kg) while twin F150s of the same shaft length weigh 982 lbs. (445 kg) combined.

    Versatile Seating.

    The sliding aft bench and portside fold-up bench plus an available folding bench to starboard offer a variety of seating options. For fishing, slide the bench forward and fold up the seat and there’s space to go after big game. In the bow, there are dedicated seating areas and owners can purchase optional cushions.

    Two Pilothouse Configurations.

    Buyers can get the Merry Fisher 855 Marlin in two or three-door designs for the pilothouse. The former has sliding doors to port and starboard, adjacent to the helm and galley. The latter adds a multi-panel aft sliding glass door as well as the two side doors.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    When crewmembers transition from the cockpit to the bow, tall bulwarks topped by stainless steel rails provide for safe passage on the 10”-wide symmetrical sidedecks.

    Features Inspection

    Cockpit

    The Merry Fisher 855 Marlin’s cockpit seating configurations provide versatility with the sliding aft bench and folding seat in the port gunwale. To starboard, the manufacturer provides easy access to the stern, which has twin swim steps on each side of the outboard motors, plus a swim ladder to starboard

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    The fold-out lounge in the port gunwale gives the Merry Fisher 855 Marlin’s cockpit full width seating.
    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    Two individual cockpit tables instead of a single big one gives owners the option of using one or both depending on the crowd.

    Two storage lockers

    in the sole can be used for fenders and lines and there’s a cockpit storage net as well. If the boat had inboard or stern drive power, the in-sole lockers wouldn’t be there because the engine would occupy the space.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    Throughout the boat, handrails are placed where passengers want them for security.

    Tall bulwarks

    and side rails make it easy to move forward to the bow (Jeanneau Merry Fisher calls this area the “Front Cockpit”), where there is a split pulpit with single seats on each side, plus a bench on the leading edge of the pilothouse.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    Optional cushions for the bow seats add to the bow’s comfort while steel rails provide security.
    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    Swiveling seats for the captain and co-pilot let them spin around to join their guests at the salon table.

    Salon and Dining

    Siding glass doors open up the salon to let in as much of the outdoors as possible. To port at the aft end of the salon, a bench with storage in the base has space for a couple and the captain and a co-pilot travel in bucket seats.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    Notice that the table mount can be loosened so it can be rotated out of the way for easier passage to the helm or aft.

    The galley

    is forward to port and comes with a pressure freshwater sink and gas stove. A hinged countertop raises to open the galley, creating a clean flat surface when closed.

    The helm

    has a bucket seat with a fold-up bolster so that the captain can choose to drive from a standing or seated position. Sightlines through the windshield do not look too unobstructed thanks to narrow mullions, and drivers who like fresh air can open the sliding door to the starboard deck to enjoy the outdoors.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    The straightforward helm has panel space for the owner to add optional electronics.

    Accommodations

    A companionway adjacent between the lower helm and galley leads to what would be the master cabin on the Merry Fisher 855 Marlin. The bow cabin has a double berth with hullside windows and an overhead deck hatch, plus a hanging locker for storage. The second cabin comes standard with storage and an opening window.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    The Merry Fisher 855 Marlin can sleep three with the optional single berth in the aft second cabin.
    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    For owners who want to fish the Merry Fisher 855 Marlin, there’s plenty of space and the boat comes with a baitwell.

    Construction

    Like all Jeanneau models, the Merry Fisher 855 Marlin is built with end-grain balsa core encapsulated in a vinylester resin skin coat to prevent blistering, and then polyester resin. The laminate is resin-infused and vacuum bagged for proper saturation levels. The gelcoat is 22 mils thick and is backed up by alternating layers of fiberglass followed by the aforementioned coring and another layer of fiberglass.

    Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
    There’s plenty of space for two couples to enjoy the Merry Fisher 855 Marlin.

    Options to Consider

    • Electric windlass


    • Bow thruster


    • Electric trim tabs


    • Electronic Package, including a Lowrance HDS-9 with a P79 depth transducer and Sonic Hub FM audio server (I-phone and USB ready)


    • Front cockpit cushions


    • Cockpit tables


    • Telescopic cockpit sun awning


    • Cockpit shower


    • Water heater


    • Cockpit refrigerator


    • Single berth in second cabin

    Observations

    The Merry Fisher 855 Marlin has the versatility to serve many needs -- including fishing and cruising. She’s big enough to handle less-than-ideal water conditions and small enough for a captain who’s stepping into his first cruiser to maintain control. The cockpit and salon are designed for weather protection and flexibility.

    In Cruiser Mode.

    She is basically a "starter" cabin cruiser for someone moving up from a sportboat, or an affordable cruising boat for a couple or a young family. She is a way to get out on the water, do coastal cruising, and provide basic overnight accommodations in relative comfort. Because of her enclosed cabin, she can be used in high latitudes and should be an excellent 3-season vessel in the appropriate locations.

    In Fishing Mode.

    With her baitwell and perhaps with the addition of a couple of options, she can serve the sports angler as well as the meat fisherman. We can easily visualize her working the Bahamas Banks with her walk-around capability, as well as fishing for king salmon from Seattle all the way north to Anchorage, Alaska.

    Outboard Power.

    The fact that she is outboard-powered maximizes interior room, simplifies maintenance, and perhaps has some other advantages as well. There certainly seems to be a trend to outboard-powered boats and this Merry Fisher 855 Marlin will fill the bill for many boaters.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Water Heater Optional
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Refrigerator Optional
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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