Meridian started out life in 1974 as a raised Pilothouse Meridian 48, one of the 17 built by the old Meridian company in Costa Mesa, before production boatbuilding moved to the east coast and finally to Taiwan. These boats have a large volume, virtually full beam salon. There are two separate cabins each with its own head and separate shower - a master cabin midships and a large fore cabin that can accommodate two adults in a big V berth and two kids. There is a large galley and a 7 foot by 13-foot cockpit. The hulls were very well built and there are no blisters after 45 years of service .Meridian is an excellent family boat, not a yacht. She is very functional, and designed to require as little maintenance as possible. (No exterior varnish) The owner has done all the refits and maintenance work himself.
The owner bought the boat in 2011 in the Tacoma area, and proceeded to rebuild, re-fit, re-equip and extend it over the next 5 years. It was cruised every year between Olympia and Desolation Sound and the Broughtons, BC, between mid-May and mid-October each year. The remainder oft he time (7 months each year) it was hauled out, plugged in and has a heater in the engine room. So, no mold. I have averaged about 220 hours each year in the 5 months it was in the water on the twin Cummins 5.9's, each 250hp, which were installed in 1992.
The major changes were done in response to the initial stability survey while the boat was built safe, it had too much weight aloft.
1) In response, the flybridge was removed and the pilothouse roof strengthened with 2" balsa core and several layers of glass using vinylester resins. A windshield and three helm seats were installed at the forward end of the boat deck. A steel davit and heavy tender were also removed, along with the fake funnel - a total of 1800lbs. The davit was replaced by an aluminum sailboat mast and boom which carries a steadying sail when required and is also used to lift the tenders and toys onto the deck.
2) The boat deck was extended aft 6 feet in aluminum and fiberglass to cover the cockpit and replace the previous canvas arrangement. The boat deck is now 18 feet long and 11 feet wide.
3) The hull was lengthened by five feet - adding a large comfortable platform 16" above the water line for boarding, fishing, dinghy handling, diving and so on, protected by a stout black polymer rub rail, with access through two open bulwark doors. The structure, built-in heavy-duty glass with 3/4" bulkheads and hull sides in vinylester resin. This created a lot of extra buoyancy. This adds to stability, and by lengthening the water line the boat gained about 0.75 knots at cruising speed revs with a corresponding reduction in fuel consumption. The hull extensions holds fresh water ballast with the capacity of 750 gallons. This is potable water and can be used at any time. All work and installations were completed at Delta Marine in Seattle in the winters of each year.
4) The 13kw generator was removed - reducing weight by another 800lbs
5) Lazarette with extensive workshop under large hatch in cockpit