The 459’s a good boat for one, simple reason: She’s flat-out easy to use. The 459 responded precisely and immediately to the faintest pressure on her hydraulically actuated wheel or the subtlest adjustment to her Tele-flex mechanical throttles. Moreover, never once did I have to hunt for a gauge, switch, or knob while sitting at the helm on the flying bridge. Trim tab rockers. Tachs. Compass. Chart-plotter. You name it. Everything was easy to spot and readily at hand.
Construction was the second highlight. To disperse shock loads and generally reduce running stresses, stringers are engineered to continue from the transom well into the bow area, a good distance beyond where most builders leave off. Also, load-bearing bulkheads are bonded to both the hull and deck to absorb stress and cut down on noise and vibration. And furthermore, all holes cut in bulkheads for conduits, hoses, and wires are thoroughly sealed with color-coordinated silicone to nix noise. The technique works: With our lazarette-ensconced genset running dockside, sound levels were so low in the saloon, master, and VIP, they failed to hit the minimum measurement of 50 dB-A on the decibel meter.
This Merdian 459 is an excellent boat for entertaining, cruising and living aboard. This boat has the roomy feel of a traditional aft cabin, with the bonus of having a large aft cockpit.
The wide 14’4″ beam and the LOA of 47’7″ give this boat plenty of room with 5 separate entertaining areas.
The aft cockpit is spacious, where you can take a swim, bbq, enter the master stateroom and party. There are JL Audio speakers to turn the deck into a dance floor.
Step up to the next level, where you can walk through the bow’s clear doors, step down into the salon, or step up to the bridge. This is the wet bar area with a large comfortable seating area to enjoy the views.
A few steps up and you are on the spacious bridge with the best views. The captain’s seat is in the center behind the well-equipped helm. There is plenty seating and a new bridge refrigerator to keep your drinks cold. The clear enclosure will keep the wind and rain out or roll up the panels for a nice breeze.
Safely walk up to the bow on the wide walkways. There are two nice sunpads with drink holders to enjoy the sun. You won’t miss out on the party, there are two powerful JL audio speaker pods to enjoy.
Step down to the amazing bright salon. There are plenty of windows to look out and see the views and let light in. The high-end cabinetry compliments the modern flooring. There are two oversized seating areas, one converts to a large bed. The other seating area is used for lounging or dining; the beautiful wood table raises and lowers to accommodate your needs.
The galley is equipped with a sink, storage, microwave, three burner cooktop and a refrigerator. There are two separate staterooms and heads. The forward stateroom has a private entry to the head. The master stateroom is very spacious with a separate toilet room and shower room. A washer/dryer is located under the galley steps. You can enjoy the sunset or sunrise from the double glass sliding doors or step out to enjoy the aft cock pit.
This boat is powered by twin Cummins 370 hp engines. The starboard engine has been replaced with a factory-rebuilt engine from 2017.
To make docking an easy task, a new stern thruster was added in 09/2020, to complement the powerful bow thruster.
The boat was bottom painted on 11/2021. It was sanded, two coats of primer and two coats of paint. The cutlass bearings were replaced. and the props were sent out for reconditioning, with balancing. All underwater metals were coated with prop speed to keep up the performance and to reduce maintenance. While it was hauled out 4 powerful Sea Blaze underwater lights were added.
The seller had an extensive $40,0000 electronics upgrade in 09/2020 and 2021. Two new Garmin 1242XS and 10XS was added and networked to the Garmin 9″ MFD, and the new Garmin 18XHD Radar Dome. 3 wireless cameras were added that you can stream video to the chart plotter. A powerful JL Audio and Fusion component sound system was added consisting of, 2 JL amplifiers, two JL pod speakers, 10″ JL subwoofer, 2 JL 7″ speakers, 8.8″ JL , speaker, Fusion MS-RA770 head unit, wired Fusion remote and all of JL components to interface the system.
2 West Marine 4D batteries were replaced and 2 Group 31 batteries were replaced 10/2020.
All 3 Air Condicioning units were service recently and 2 new compresors installed.
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