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Merritt 86 OWLS NEST Listed With United Yacht Sales

By Robert Bowman | Posted On Nov 16, 2022
Updated On Nov 21, 2022

It wasn't but 18 months ago that we were reporting on the sale of another boat named "OWLS NEST", a 2009 Merritt 72, by one of United's top custom sportfish experts Greg Graham. One thing sport fishing boat enthusiasts can agree on, there is no telling where this passion for boats and catching big fish will take you. "Customers that fish in tournaments, their needs are always changing and they're always looking for a competitive advantage," says Greg. "The 86' OWL'S NEST is one of the sickest rigs on the planet!"

The 2018 Merritt 86 OWL'S NEST is the 105th yacht built by the iconic Merritt Boats based in Pompano Beach. It's hull# 8 out of 9 of the Merritt 86-footers built and can confidently go up against any other custom boat in the world in terms of ability. 

"This is a rare opportunity to own one of the nicest custom sportfishing yachts in the world without the 9-year wait time," continued Greg. The 86-foot "OWLS NEST" is currently located in Miami Beach and is listed for sale at $13,250,000. If you are interested in seeing the vessel, please contact Greg Graham at 1-305-522-4739 or by email

As an added benefit to the owner and part of our commitment to always market our clients' listings better than anyone, OWLS NEST is featured on the popular social network channels SPORTFISH TRADER and 360FishingNation. This reaches thousands of owners, captains, and anglers. 

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Whether trolling in Costa Rica for Marlin or targeting Sailfish on the tournament circuit, OWLS NEST has everything you need to fish successfully and comfortably throughout your trip. "This is an angler's dream," continued Greg. "You can fish anywhere in the world or any tournament in a Merritt 86."

The cockpit is expansive and well-equipped for the fight. Your crew will have plenty of space to move around each other during intense battles. "There is a fighting chair on OWLS NEST, but you won't see it in the photos because it's not currently on the boat," said Greg. "The owner spends most of their time targeting sailfish in South Florida or up North going after Bluefin Tuna so no chair was needed." When sold, the baitwells and rocket launcher will stay with the owner and the fighting chair will be added back into the cockpit.

Additional features in the cockpit (below) include a transom door, three deep freezers, large fishbox with Eskimo ice dump, storage boxes under the gunwales, and bait/tackle storage. For those enjoying the action, comfortable mezzanine seating that includes convenient drink-boxes and a day head is found adjacent to the cockpit door. The entire cockpit is bathed in a beautiful and well-kept teak.

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cockpit on Merritt 86


On top of the elegant and traditional lines of the Merritt, is the spacious flybridge with Pipewelders tower that includes complete controls, a must-have feature. Upon climbing the cockpit ladder, you are immediately greeted with three beautiful Bluewater Captain's chairs. One great benefit to the design of this flybridge is the forward seating which features a starboard-side couch with coffee table as well as additional bench seating portside. There are also two drink boxes and storage underneath the seats. This allows everyone along for the ride to enjoy the elevated views and ocean breeze.

For the captain, there are an abundance of top electronics and toys. Below is only a portion of the features on the bridge and tower:

  • (3) 24-inch Multifunctional Displays with Multi-Touch Control
  • Garmin 8624 with GPS Map and pre-loaded charts
  • GMR 4 Fantom Radar w/ Doppler Effect to detect moving targets
  • MCU002 TZ Touch Remote - Furuno remote control unit for NavNet TZT systems
  • FLIR M-625S Thermal camera
  • Garmin weather GXM53

The Myah Epoch teaser reels are found above the helm.

flybridge on merritt 86


As the cockpit door electrically opens to the salon, the ambiance created by the satin-finished natural teak, perfectly complements the furniture and sunlight from the side windows. As you would expect with a custom sportfishing yacht of this magnitude, the interior was paid very close attention, just like the exterior fishing areas and the Merritt's performance underway. This is a vessel that can be comfortably cruised for weeks at a time and provide the same amenities as home.

The salon seating is made up of a large U-shaped leather settee on the portside and an additional sofa starboard. In the aft corner of the salon is a large flatscreen television and entertainment center. Twin Northern Lights generators keeps everyone comfortable with air-conditioning pumped through teak vents and also provides redundancy in the systems. Additionally, there is a built-in cabinet with bar storage.

The galley is fully-equipped with the finest equipment including four Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers and two freezer drawers. There is an abundance of storage for supplies along with a 24" Cooktop and oven. A nearby U-shaped dining table allows everyone to eat indoors should the weather be inclement.

salon seating and galley


Accommodations on board OWL'S NEST includes a 5-stateroom, 4-head layout with additional crew cabin for a total of 10 people on board. Each cabin leaves you wanting for nothing and promises a restful night's sleep to prepare for the next day's adventures. A carpeted companionway leads the owner and guests to each of their suites, as well as hides a stacked washer and dryer.

The master suite is found portside and is designed with a king-sized berth. As with all of the cabins on board, there is satin-finished teak cabinetry and closets. A flat screen television hangs on the wall underneath a set of drawers. The master cabin has an en suite bathroom with solid granite countertops.

The VIP suite is forward and is nearly as spacious as the master, along with ample storage. An island berth allows your guests to walk on either side of the bed, there are two large, full-sized closets, as well as an ensuite head comparable to the master bath.

Two additional cabins, port and starboard, feature over-under bunks that are perfect for additional guests, kids, or crew that you consider family. These two cabins share a head with full shower. The crew quarters is accessed by a private staircase in the companionway, features full-size over/under bunks, and a full-sized head.

master suite on owls nest


Aside from all of the luxurious amenities on board and the serious angler-friendly features, the performance on OWL'S NEST is second to none. Twin MTU 2,600HP engines power this Merritt 86 and provides a comfortable 30 knot cruise that performs impeccably well in head seas. There are only 1,275 original hours on the engines and they are under warranty until January 2024. Twin gyro stabilizers eliminate rolling and are positioned aft of the generators for easy access and service. Additional equipment on board includes:

  • (2) Northern Lights 38kW Generators
  • Dometic/Spot Zero Water Purification Systems
  • (2) Water-makers
  • (2) Water Heaters
  • Twin Atlas shore power transformers

Engine room pictured below.

engine room - merritt 86


United Yacht Sales has the world's largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry, thanks to our team of over 250 yacht brokers in 104 different locations. Whether buying a luxury boat or selling one, we have the right expert on staff to assist you in navigating the brokerage market for your type of yacht. If you're looking at selling a boat, there is no quicker way to get activity than listing it with United. Our entire team is immediately notified every time a listing agreement is made with United Yacht Sales and many boats are sold before they ever even make it online. Our support team is among the best in the industry at marketing your yacht. 100% of our marketing budget goes towards advertising our clients' listings, a claim not many other firms can make. To get started listing your yacht, fill out our online form What's My Yacht Worth?

For more information on OWL'S NEST or to see all of the photos, visit the full listing by clicking here.

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