The all new and radically updated Jeanneau Merry Fisher 6 ‘Marlin’
Network Yacht Brokers Conwy have just received the “New Jeanneau Merry Fisher 6 Marlin. Being a keen local fisherman and boat owner I was only too happy to spend a few hours putting the new boat through its paces and thought I may even catch the odd fish or two.
I had visions of the usual outside comfy cushions and dining table that the Fisher Cruiser normally produce. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a ‘proper looking, all out’ commercial styled fishing boat. This time around Jeanneau have really come up with a Fisher Cruiser that really does tick all the boxes. Just glancing over the boat the first thing you notice is the striking claret colour hull (which is an option) and the sloping style windows, giving it that ‘proper’ fishing boat mark.
Stepping aboard at mid ships the aft deck area is massive, plenty of room for 4 kitted out fishermen and gear. There is a bait well, preparation board (that would have been nice in teak and not polyurethane) a tiller that is connected to the engine so that you can engage the throttle and then tiller steer the boat from outside. This boat has a skipper’s wheelhouse sliding door (no patio doors) making berthing starboard side very easy with full depth walk around side decks, allowing the skipper to access the bow and anchor in safety. The Merry Fisher 6 ‘Marlin’ has a 200L see-through fuel tank and plenty of stowage for fenders and warps. Either side of the ‘Marlin’ there are two rod holders and a rod rack for small boat rods. If you like to lay pots or nets then there is a removable roller that can be placed port or starboard or removed if needed.
Network Yacht Brokers Conwy have supplied the boat with a Honda 90 hp 4 stroke engine which performed faultlessly. Acceleration was very responsive and the top speed was around 28 to 29 knots. If you wanted more power and top end speed then the ‘Marlin’ would take a 115 hp. Heading into a 3 / 4 ft head sea bound for Puffin Island the ‘Marlin’ rode the waves exceptionally well. The central steering position kept you very involved and in tune with the boat. All the instrumentation are very well placed and easy to get to. The ‘Marlin’s’ aggressive “ V “ hull and huge flared bow made light work of the waves that the Irish sea had to offer and in general she felt very stable and comfortable as you would normally expect from the Jeanneau Merry Fisher range.
Right on queue (as it does in North Wales) it started to rain just as we pulled up to the North side of Puffin Island after dodging all the Seals and Lobster pots. We drifted for 10 minutes to see how she held and the aft deck worked very well as a platform even in a lumpy swell.
All in all the new Merry Fisher 6 ‘Marlin’ is one of the best all out sports fishing boats I’ve tested to date. The boat has so many useable features and a lot of thought has gone into making this boat a ‘proper’ fishing boat. There are however, a couple of things I would change and that would be to raise the navigation lights higher on the wheel house and also to have an option for a larger water tank. I am told this can be retro fitted if needed.