Shop our Airplanes Products Drone Products Sales
Thread Tools
Old Oct 10, 2010, 04:20 PM
finn is online now
Find More Posts by finn
Registered User
Build Log

1955 37' merritt


In driving back and forth on us1 in the florida keys I would pass a boat in a yard in islamarada that to me looked like what a boat should look like.I stopped one day,took some photos and basic measurements and thought this should be my next project.The next time I went by,the boat was gone.To make a long story short,I found out where it had gone,contacted the new owner and got enough measurements to start.It is a 1955 Merritt,hull number two.Merritt is the most storied sportfishermen name in the world.I have included some pics of BLACK BART,first boat to catch 100 marlin in one year,record holder with a 1646 lb blue marlin,and lost an estimated 3000 lb marlin after an all day and night battle.
The first step was to build a building board curved to the shape of the shear. 4 pieces of cedar,3" x1 1/2" were run through the bandsaw to the shape of the shear and glued together for a total width of 12" and then glued to a 1" piece of plywood.The keel,transom and 5 stations measured from the original were cut out of .250 mahogany and assembled on the board.The shear and chine are each two strips of .125 x .250 mahogany to help with the bend.
Last edited by finn; Feb 13, 2011 at 08:09 AM.
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Oct 10, 2010, 04:30 PM
mrbassman is offline
Find More Posts by mrbassman
Registered User
mrbassman's Avatar
Looks nice ! What's the length of the hull?
It was nice of the new owner to let you measure everything.
Old Oct 10, 2010, 04:31 PM
finn is online now
Find More Posts by finn
Registered User

1955 37' merritt


An extra member of .250 mahogany was added on the sides where the flare is the greatest to insure the correct flare.The sides are then planked with .062 plywood on the diagonal,then covered with 4 oz cloth and west sys epoxy.
Last edited by finn; Nov 27, 2010 at 02:43 PM.
Old Oct 10, 2010, 04:35 PM
finn is online now
Find More Posts by finn
Registered User

1955 37' merritt


Sorry,1/14 scale,hull is 31.75".The current owner is completing a first class resto,he has a log of his resto if you google "first choice fishing"
Last edited by finn; Oct 07, 2014 at 07:57 AM.
Old Oct 10, 2010, 04:53 PM
finn is online now
Find More Posts by finn
Registered User

1955 37' merritt


The bottom from the bulkhead forward is planked with .063 plywood,and with .125 plywood from the bulkhead aft.the sides are taped off the prevent dripping epoxy on them.The bottom is then covered with 4 oz cloth and west sys epoxy.After curing over night,the hull is cut loose from the building board prison with a razor knife
Old Oct 10, 2010, 05:07 PM
finn is online now
Find More Posts by finn
Registered User

1955 37' merritt


The front deck bows are cut from ,250 mahogany,epoxied to the frames,planked with plywood and covered with 4 oz cloth and west sys
Old Oct 10, 2010, 05:20 PM
finn is online now
Find More Posts by finn
Registered User

1955 37' merritt


The transom frames are cut from .250 mahogany,epoxied to the frame and left to cure overnight.I have not had good luck with any of the fast curing epoxy so I only use west system epoxy,The transom,.080 mahogany,is bent and epoxied to the frames.
Old Oct 10, 2010, 06:20 PM
finn is online now
Find More Posts by finn
Registered User

1955 37' merritt


Shaft stuffing boxes located and epoxied in place.I bought 2 mack 3600 motors,I have never used this type before and hope they will be ok.I still have not decided on weather to have the whole cabin be removable or just the cabin roof.Of course the floor needs to be removable,probably just the center section
Last edited by finn; Nov 03, 2010 at 06:16 PM.
Old Oct 10, 2010, 08:34 PM
patmat2350 is offline
Find More Posts by patmat2350
RingTheBellsThatStillCanR ing
patmat2350's Avatar
Looks like you could have just scaled an Elco 77 footer PT for that hull with the sweet reverse sheer.
Old Oct 10, 2010, 08:43 PM
frankg is online now
Find More Posts by frankg
Registered User
FINN- I think using two counter rotating props (0937/3 and 0937/3R) you will have plenty of speed to plane off that hull with ease as well as get a pretty good run time. Oh and the props are scale 3 blade Michigan Propellers. Just what the boat called for.

http://www.mackproductsrc.com/props_p2.htm
Last edited by frankg; Nov 15, 2010 at 05:59 PM.
Old Oct 10, 2010, 09:50 PM
Aerominded is offline
Find More Posts by Aerominded
Registered User
Nice!
Old Oct 11, 2010, 12:54 AM
MILLERTIME is offline
Find More Posts by MILLERTIME
Taking care of the pond.
MILLERTIME's Avatar
Nice build.
Old Nov 01, 2010, 03:13 PM
finn is online now
Find More Posts by finn
Registered User

1955 37' merritt


The rudder stuffing boxes can only be .660" and still stay under the floor.I used the motor mount that came with the mack 3600 motor,but mounted them on their side to keep them as low as possible.I used dumas bronze struts,allowed to self locate with a dummy shaft and epoxied in place.Once cured the 2-56 screws will be installed.I have only 1 of the old style bronze struts left,there was one on ebay that I missed,any help would be appreciated
Old Nov 01, 2010, 04:30 PM
norgale is offline
Find More Posts by norgale
Retired for now
That's very nice and neat Finn. Good work on the boat too. What will you use for batt's? Pete
Old Nov 01, 2010, 04:35 PM
Boatfox is offline
Find More Posts by Boatfox
Give the dog a bone
Boatfox's Avatar
Very nice work. Looks great.


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discussion Nebraska: Merritt Reservoir - Sloping Site? Mitch G Slope 1 Feb 06, 2006 02:43 PM
Looking for the 1955 Miss Thriftway hydroplane swingbozo Scale Boats 7 Nov 30, 2005 03:50 PM
Prop Repair circa 1955 Carnifax Electric Plane Talk 14 Oct 24, 2004 09:40 PM