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2018 Merritt 86' OWL'S NEST

$ 12,950,000

OWL'S NEST is a 2018 Merritt 86' 86 Convertible listed for sale with United Yacht Broker Greg Graham. Greg can be reached at 1-305-522-4739 to answer any questions you may have on this boat. United Yacht Sales is a professional yacht brokerage firm that has experience listing and selling all types of Merritt Yachts and similar boats. With over 250 yacht brokers worldwide, we have the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry.

2018 Merritt 86 Open Bridge Sportfish

Merritt’s Hull #105 is the superyacht-sized 86ft custom sportfish yacht built in 2018—the third Merritt sportfish built for her owner. OWL’S NEST is designed, engineered, and outfitted to fish anywhere in the world, with heavy-duty and redundant systems such as the two watermakers by top brand Watermakers, Inc., twin Atlas shorepower transformers, and other critical machinery and systems. The Jastram steering system is a robust system by Jastram Engineering, major supplier of steering systems to superyacht builders, commercial vessels, ships, and military vessels.

OWL’S NEST is loaded with state-of-the-art electronics from Garmin, Furuno, and other premier navigation and communications technology. The flybridge helm features Garmin’s GMR Fantom 4 40-watt Radar with Motionscope and solid-state pulse compression technology, that fully integrates with the Garmin chartplotter. Motionscope uses a Doppler effect to detect moving objects that are highlighted on the radar display to help avoid collisions, locate birds, and track weather. Pulse Compression provides high resolution for enhanced detection and identification of objects, while Pulse Expansion helps differentiate real objects/targets from noise and provides a larger image on the chartplotter. The GMR Fantom 4 Radar’s 40w high power with narrow 1.8-degree beam provides excellent close (20ft) and long range (72nm) target detection, even in rain or fog conditions. The radar is able to depict clear, concise images directly on the chartplotter. Screens are quickly updated. The Auto Bird Gain function helps locate flocks of birds feeding on the surface, to enhance the fishing experience.

The cockpit mezzanine features an L-shaped lounge with hi-lo table and drink box on the port side and a seat with storage underneath on starboard side. Freezers, tackle storage and more are in mezzanine seat and deck compartments. The cockpit has in-deck fittings for two on-deck portable livewells (not included) that flank a teak rod-holder. A huge athwartship in-deck fishbox keeps the catch chilled and fresh with an Eskimo ice dump. The twin gyrostabilizers are located aft of the twin Northern Lights 38kW generators in aft area of engine room for easy maintenance and service access.

Crafted to Merritt’s exacting standards of excellence, OWL’S NEST’s rich, book matched teak joinery and custom furnishings provide a relaxing, traditional elegance throughout the spacious interior. A unique feature for a convertible sportfish, the huge custom sunpad on foredeck, with a pop-up TV, provides guests with a quiet spot for relaxation and sunning.

2018 Merritt 86 Convertible


OWL’S NEST, Merritt Hull #105, is the 8th of 9 custom 86 ft. sportfish yachts designed by Roy Merritt and built by Merritt Boatworks. Not only are the immense interior living spaces and accommodations of superyacht quality, the 86 ft. OWL’S NEST is agile, highly maneuverable, and capable of tournament fishing, cruising, and docking anywhere in the world. She offers a comfortable ride, taking on head seas (and any other direction) with ease, and twin Seakeeper gyrostabilizers provide roll stability. The Merritt 86 is designed and engineered to go the distance safely and efficiently with redundancy of critical machinery and systems, and to perform well with a refined running bottom, powered by twin 2600hp MTU diesels.

OWL’S NEST comfortably accommodates 8 guests/owner and 2 crew members, including captain in 5 staterooms and 4 heads. Merritt’s signature impeccable joinery, high-end appliances, fixtures, materials, furnishings, entertainment systems, along with cleverly built-in storage throughout the yacht, provide everything needed for relaxation and socializing at the dock or underway to remote fishing grounds. The foredeck features a gigantic sunpad with pop-up TV for outdoor socializing, sunning, and entertainment. Her huge cockpit and open bridge with hardtop and tower are well-equipped and outfitted for serious sportfishing. The beautiful distinctive Merritt profile along with graceful, unbroken sheerline, rounded transom, rich teak, and build quality, put Merritt consistently at the top of best sportfish boat lists.

The opportunity to own a custom Merritt 86—one of the nicest superyachts sportfishing boats on the planet, without a near decade build-time wait, doesn't happen very often. But due to the owner’s change of plans, OWL’S NEST is currently available for sale.


  • 5 Stateroom/4 head layout (including crew)
  • Owner's 3rd Merritt built
  • Twin 2600hp MTU's with only 1,275 original hours
  • Twin Northern Light 38kw generators
  • Miya Epoch teaser reels
  • Eskimo ice maker
  • 3- Head Hunter Mach 5 fresh water pumps 
  • Sidepower bow thruster 
  • SubZero refrigeration
  • Twin Seakeeper gyrostabilizers -model 1612HD
  • Omni sonar
  • Twin Atlas shore power transformers
  • Dometic/Spot Zero water purifying system
  • (2) Watermakers, Inc. watermakers


  • Price USD:$ 12,950,000
  • Builder:


  • Model:

    86 Convertible

  • Year:


  • Location:

    Miami Beach, Florida, United States

  • Type:

    Power Yacht

  • LOA: 86 ft in
  • Display Length: 86 ft
  • Beam: 21' 2"
  • Yacht Category

    Convertible Boats

  • Water Capacity: 500 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 3600 gals
  • Engine Details: MTU V16 2000
  • Engine 1: 1275.00 HRS 2600.00 HP
  • Engine 2: 1275.00 HRS 2600.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Days on Market:


  • Electric Marine Power door opens to the interior
  • Salon features traditional natural Teak with a satin finish
  • Large U-Shaped leather settee to port with storage and flip-up arms
  • The aft starboard corner of the salon houses the entertainment center with a large flat screen television
  • Forward is a built-in cabinet with bar storage and the large, angular dinette
  • Air conditioning is pumped into the salon and galley from overhead Teak-accented beams


  • To port and features a large L-shaped granite countertop
  • 24” Cooktop with stainless-steel liner and lift-up lid and oven
  • (4) Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers and two freezer drawers


Moving below, the stairway is lined with teak wainscoting along the companionway to a laundry closet with a stacked washer and dryer to starboard.

Master Stateroom:

To port and features:

  • King bed
  • Satin Teak cabinetry and closets
  • Large ensuite head with a full shower and solid granite vanity countertops

Starboard Guest Stateroom:

  • Over/under bunks
  • Shares a full head with port Guest Stateroom

Port Guest Stateroom:

  • Over/under bunks

Forward VIP Stateroom Features:

  • Island berth
  • Two full-length closets
  • Ensuite head with vanity
  • Granite countertops
  • Large shower

Crew Quarters:

Beneath the galley and accessed at the base of the companionway stairs.

It features:

  • Full-size over/under bunks
  • Full head
  • Access to the pump room and engine room though the watertight door

Flybridge - Helm and Electronics:

  • Open and roomy
  • Forward of the console is an L-shaped lounge to port with storage beneath
  • High-low table and a drink box forward
  • Plenty of storage for PFDs and a host of other items
  • Starboard is another drink box forward, with a fore-and-aft bench seat, storage cabinet and an aft-facing seat behind it
  • Console offset to port with the helm along the centerline
  • (3) 16-inch Multifunctional screens
  • Garmin 8624 - GPSMAP 8624, MFG# 010-01512-01, 24" Full HD widescreen Glass Bridge Multi-Function Display. Multi-Touch control, HDMI in/out, WiFi, 6-way split screen, USB PC control, J1939 engine data. Preloaded g2 charts for U.S. coast and lakes, Canada and Bahamas
  • GMR Fantom 4 - GMR 4 Fantom Radar, MFG# K10-00012-13, Solid State Pulse Compression technology allows 40 Watt radar to perform similar to a 6KW unit. Motionscope uses Doppler effect to detect moving targets. Excellent short range perfomance. Includes 4' antenna.
  • GMI 20 Garmin GSD26 PM411-C-LWM - GMI 20 Digital Marine Display Garmin GSD26 sounder module Pocket mount low, medium chirp transducer with a 40 degree low angle and 16 degree medium angle, pocket mount
  • Garmin - AIS 600 Class B AIS Black Box w/ GPS antenna-add silent switch
  • Furuno TZ touch BB - Navnet TZ touch blackbox
  • MCU002 TZ Touch Remote - Furuno remote control unit for NavNet TZT systems
  • Furuno GP330B GPS antenna Furuno DFF3 - uruno GP330B GPS NMEA2K antenna
  • Furuno DFF3 - Furuno DFF3 sounder module. Digital Black Box Fish Finder, MFG# DFF3, Sounder module for use with NavNet-3D and NavNet-VX2. 1, 2 or 3 KW (transducer dependent), two selectable frequencies from 28-200 KHz, 12/24volts DC. Transducers NOT included.
  • Transducers - 50/200 3 kW transducer to be used with DFF3
  • Nmea2k smartducer 20 deg - DT820BV-235-N2 235 kHz depth temp with 20 degree deadrise
  • FAR2127 25kW processor/pedestal - Furuno FAR2127 Black Box DC processor, pedestal, 30 meter cable with RCU015 controller
  • FURC-XN24AF/ 8 8 ft array - FAR 2127 radar 8 ft array
  • Icom IC-M506 31 - Icom IC-M506-31 VHF radio with rear mic/nmea 2k/hailer
  • Poly Planar MA3013-W - 3" flush mount speaker in white
  • Garmin 7612 - Garmin 7612 chartplotter. Without sounder. Built in GPS antenna, nmea2k capable, network ports
  • Garmin 7610 chartplotter non xsv (no sounder)
  • Garmin 7610 - GMI 20 Digital Marine Display - GMI 20 Digital Marine Display
  • Ram microphone for Icom IC-M506 31- to connect to bridge
  • VHF radios
  • ACR RCL-300A remote controlled HID spotlight, includes URP-102-point pad, URC-300 master controller 1,000,000 CD
  • ACR URP-102 Point Pad for RCL-100 searchlights- extra tower remote
  • ACR UPR-102 Point Pad - Autopilot system
  • AP70 IMO pack analog
  • Simrad QS80 quicklever
  • Simrad RC42N compass Simrad RF25N N2K Rudder Feedback
  • FLIR M-625S Thermal camera
  • KVH V7-HTS
  • Sierra Wireless ES450-AA Comrod AC21BI cell AN-7000 Comrod AV90BI16-2 16' VHF Shakespeare SRA-50
  • GPS 19x NMEA2000
  • Garmin weather GXM53
  • (2) In-dash boxes that house key displays and switches for lighting, fuel transfer, the gyros, Humphree trim tabs, Jastram steering control and MTU engine-control panels, as well as fuel and water gauges, VHF radios and the Furuno radar control panel.
  • (3) BlueWater helm chairs
  • PipeWelders tower with Merritt hardtop houses teaser reels, LED lighting, and a host of electronics and controls in the tower.


  • Well Laid-out expansive cockpit
  • Mezzanine features an L-Shaped lounge with drink box, storage beneath and a high-low table to port, and a seat with storage all the way to starboard. There are three wide, deep freezers—two to port and one to starboard—with engine-room access on the centerline.
  • Large athwartship fish box with Eskimo ice dump
  • Undergunwale storage boxes
  • Walk-through transom door
  • In-deck fittings to support on-deck portable live wells

Pump Room:

  • The pump room is well-laid-out with all air conditioning chillers
  • (2) Watermakers Inc. reverse-osmosis desalinators
  • (2) Water heaters
  • Large toolbox
  • Full workbench with vise

Engine Room:

  • Enter the engine room through either the pump room or the cockpit
  • Watertight doors bring you to a machinery space that is extremely well-executed
  • Filters and engine-service access points are easily accessed all around the engines
  • The 38kw Northern Lights generators are mounted at the aft end of the engines, with complete 360-degree access for easy maintenance
  • The gyros are aft of the generators and offer great access for ­maintenance and service

Owner's personal effects and custom live bait well's.

Engine and generator hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.


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