• 86.9166'
  • 2002
  • Merrifield-Roberts
  • Long Island, New York, United States
  • $1,145,000


  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: Merrifield-Roberts
  • Category: Sloop
  • Model: Custom
  • Model Year: 2002
  • YearBuilt: 2002
  • Year Refit: N/A
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: United States
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: N/A
  • Vessel Top: Enclosed Pilothouse
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: Yes
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 3/7 - Crew R/B/S: 1/4/0
  • LOA: 86' 11" (26.49m)
  • LWL: 72' 6" (22.10m)
  • LOD: --
  • Beam: 22' 0" (6.71m)
  • Min Draft: 6' 11" (2.11m)
  • Max Draft: 6' 11" (2.11m)
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: 10 Knots
  • Cruise Speed RPM: --
  • Cruise Speed Range: 4,000 Miles
  • Max Speed: 11 Knots
  • Max Speed RPM: --
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: 194,000 Pounds
  • Gross Tonnage: 98 Ton
  • Water Capacity: 2,000 Gallons
  • Holding Tank: --
  • Fuel Capacity: 3,000 Gallons
  • Fuel Consumption: --
  • Berths: N/A
  • Heads: 3
  • Sleeps: 7
  • State Rooms: 3
  • Crew Berths: 4
  • Crew Sleeps: N/A
  • Crew Heads: 1
  • Captains Quarters: No
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Deck Material: N/A
  • Hull Configuration: Monohull
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: N/A
  • Hull Color: N/A
  • Hull Finish: N/A
  • Exterior Designer: MacLear & Harris
  • Interior Designer: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Caterpillar
  • Model: 308 HP 3306B
  • Engine Count: Single
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel


JESS SEA has a full beam master stateroom aft, two forward guest staterooms and 4 bunk crew quarters.  Each stateroom has ensuite head/shower and crew has head/shower.  She has an enormous full beam salon with large, fully equipped galley capable of handling a large party of far more guests than she sleeps in berths.  Her deck space and components, seating and flow, are all exceptional.  What sets JESS SEA apart from all other vessels in her class is her center cockpit design.

Master Stateroom
Beginning aft, the master stateroom has an oversized queen bed to starboard with six drawers and two hanging lockers.  The cabin is open and uncluttered.  There is one twin bed to port with five drawers and two hanging lockers.  The cabin is open and uncluttered.  The twin bed to port has five drawers under bed base.  There is a vanity between beds on aft bulkhead, ensuite his and her wash basins, polished Brazilian quartz counter tops, and mahogany paneling in both the master and master bath.  Master bath has beautiful blue marble.  Skylights and port holes add plenty of natural light to this full beam cabin.  There is a separate emergency exit to the deck from the master via a hatch and a ladder.

Entertainment system has CD/DVD, flat screet TV and individual satellite receiver.  There is a companionway to a Freeman hatch aft of helm for privacy and emergency egress.

Main Salon
The salon is entered from the cockpit via a unique designed pneumatic door to the companionway.

The full beam salon is large and has good ocean views and natural light due to large hull ports which provide exceptional light and openness.  To port, there is an ebony dining table for sever in the area opposite the seating area which is starboard.  Below dining table is a custom cedar lined storage for fine pottery and china.  There are lovely hand sealed, dark teak floors, rare granite covered counters, large flat screen TV system, supberb sound system, teak staved hull ceiling, and a Weems & Plath clock and barometer and so much more.  The salon flows nicely to the cockpit and the galley.  Starboard chairs are leather and teak with Italian leather ottoman on an antique area rug.

Guest Staterooms
The guest staterooms are foward off of the salon to port and starboard, each with TV and music.

Port guest stateroom has over twin beds, plus a third Pullman twin bed.  There is a hanging locker and ample storage space, ensuite head and shower with teak and Brazilian quartz counter top.

Starboard guest stateroom with over and under twin size bunk beds with easy access.  Ensuite head and shower has teak and Brazilian quartz counter top.  There is a hanging locker with ample storage and an entertainment system with smaller flat screen TV/DVD.

All bedding is luxury quality.  All staterooms have port lights and quartz prism lighting from deck.

En Suites
En suites have large Waterworks brand showers for hotel type showers.  All bathroom sinks/fixtures are bronze with brushed nickel finish from Waterworks. 

Other Deck Layout Details
Polished stainless steel rigid bimini structure with superb Sunbrella sun protection
Large high gloss teak folding starboard and port dining tables for al fresco dining
Opened aft end of cockpit for sunbathing/sailing/fishing
Walkways on deck to both port and starboard
Small wetbar in cockpit forward to starboard
Pneumatic door from cockpit to salon, 2 u-shaped upholstered seating areas around tables to port and starboard.
Day bed, wireless screen Panasonic Toughbook screen for remote computer user for navigation and music.

The cockpit EASILY seats 10 for dinner.  Stand up cocktail parties with 30 to 40 people, without crowding, have been very popular and comfortable for the owner and their guests.

Forward steering station has Rosewood hand crafted captain chair at electronics and electronic engine control station

Crew Quarters
Forward there is one large crew cabin with 4 bunks, curtains for privacy, head/shower and TV.  Crew has their own companionway from deck, as well as access from below deck via the starboard guest stateroom.


Engine:                          1 x 308 hp CAT 3306B turbo charged diesel
Fuel Economy:               1 gallon/mile @ 1800 rpm = 9 knots under power and 10 knots motorsailing
Range:                            2,500 nautical miles with 20% fuel margin
Hours:                            4,700 as of January 2016
Propeller:                        Hundested VP5 fully feathering bronze propeller
Steering:                         Tenfjord SR 562 hydraulic steering rotary vane, 3 redundant systems
Bow Thruster:                 Hydraulic, 2 props, powered from hydraulic PTO unit, 45 hp off of main engine
Air Conditioning:            Marine Air chilled water system can bring boat to very cool in hot climates
Heating Cycle:                Marine Air
Water Maker:                  Sea Recovery
Water System:                 Hot water circulation pump for instant hot water
Hot Water Heaters:          2 x 20 gallon
Showers:                          Large Waterworks brand shower heads for hotel type showers
Toilet System:                  Vacuflush fresh water toilets
Pumps:                              2 x DC pumps/PTO on 30 kW generator and main engine PTO
Air Compressor:               Yes
Plumbing:                          1 x large sea chest in engine room allows all raw water plumbing to be central to one isolated entrance in water tight compartment.  There are no through hull fittings aside from the sea chest in engine room and one through hull for safety for electronics.


Front Centerboard:     All the way down is 16 feet
Aft Centerboard:         Approximately 7 feet.  This aft centerboard gives great control in a heavy following sea.

Tandem boards on hydraulic winches with pendants operated from switches at the forward helm station.

Displacement:             97 U.S. tons or 194,000 pounds 

Electrical Equipment

Generators:                         1 x Northern Lights 30 kW
                                            1 x Northern Lights M844 LW3, 20 kW @ 1800 rpm (new as of 2015)

Generator Hours:                 Northern Lights 30 kW - 7,600
                                              Northern Lights 20 kW - 150

Electricity:                            120/220/240 AC 50/100 amp @ 60 Hz
                                              12V/24V DC

Batteries:                               New house batteries as of March 2015.  Large battery bank located in salon floor designed to sail boat for up to 6 hours without generator.  All new batteries for engine starting 4/2016.  All new generator batteries 4/2016.

Transformers:                        2 x isolation transformers

Chargers:                               6 battery chargers in various banks.  New charger 4/2016.

Sails and Rigging

- Cutter rigged
- Aluminum mast from Matrix Masts and Engineering, Auckland New Zealand
- Standing rigging is OYS continuous stainless steel rod
- All hydraulic Navetc backstays
- Lewmar hydraulic windlass with wildcats

- 2 x Anderson 316 stainless 110 STH 2 speed
- 2 x Anderson 316 stainless 90 STH 2 speed
- 4 x Anderson 316 stainless 78 STG 2 speed
- 3 x furling systems by Reckman Hydraulic

Mainsail - New Spectra by Doyle in 2013
Staysail - New Dacron 2014, made in New Zealand
Genoa - Tri-radial Spectra (2007)
Spinnaker, asymmetrical 5200 sq. feet
Carbon fiber spinnaker pole permanentlay fitted on mast
Boomless mainsail with Reckman hydraulic furling for safe and easy operation

Note:  No extra headsail

Navigation Equipment

Navigation Repeater (new 2013) with waterproof screen at the cockpit with computer below
All B&G sailing instruments
B&G autopilot
2 x Independent GPS

Communication Equipment

Ray Marine 72 mile radar (new 2011)
Ray Marine 48 mile radar (original)
Stratus and Mini M satellite TV (NEMA system)
Switchboard telephone system and intercom throughout
Cell phone with high output antenna
Advanced Central cell phone system

Deck Equipment

Ground Tackle:
1 x polished stainless steel CQR anchor - 300' chain
1 x polished stainless steel CQR anchor - 200' chain
2 x chain lockers (forepeak and under crew cabin companionway)

2 x Lewmar hydraulic

Deck & Hull:
Painted at Rybovich in West Palm Beach, FL (2012)

Additional Equipment:
Removable chocks forward of mast on deck recessed with stainless steel thumbscrews
Bimini top, new 2015
Large high gloss teak folding starboard and port dining tables for al fresco dining
Opened aft end of cockpit for sunbathing/sailing/fishing
Walkways on deck to both port and starboard
Small wetbar in cockpit forward to starboard
Pneumatic door from cockpit to salon, 2 u-shaped upholstered seating areas around tables to port and starboard
Day bed, wireless screen Panasonic Toughbook screen for remote computer user for navigation and music.

Entertainment Equipment

- Yamaha remote control system with new amplifier for CDs, movies and music with speakers throughout and great outdoor speakers in the hardtop for the cockpit - new 2015
- Large television in the salon and small televisions in the two guest cabins all work through Direct TV satellite receivers
- Excellent sound system with sub woofer


Forward is the fully equipped galley with exceptional refrigeration by RI CO Corp. (cold plate chiller system) operated by dual chilled water systems.
3 x built-in refrigerators and two large freezers
Sand colored Corian counters
Large freezer under sole in galley
Refrigeration designed to take 6 month cruise without having to purchase anything additional


Full sized washer and dryer located in a locker in the starboard guest stateroom

Safety & Fire Protection

Full fire suppression system in engine room
Robust emergency bilge system divided into sections on bilge system
Emergency fire hose plumbing on deck powered by emergency bilge DC motor

Tenders & Watersports Equipment

1 x Novurania 15, 60 hp Honda 4 stroke with a custom stainless steel towing post for waterskiing, wake boarding etc.

Water Sports:
1 x dinghy (new 2007)
Fishing gear


Built to Lloyd's specifications, JESS SEA is a very large yacht for her length with the deck and cockpit areas of a much larger yacht.  Her shoal draft of just under 7', with her boards up, make for accessibility that no other yacht in this size range has.  Practically designed for ease of sailing and with a low maintenance exterior, important things like sailing and cruising can be prioritized.

JESS SEA is a totally custom yacht throughout from her powerful rig and extremely shallow board(s) up draft, to her on deck living areas that are unlike any other sailing yacht of twice the size.  She has two centerboards - one from her keel and the other aft.

JESS SEA's very strong and totally unique positive points are:
1.  Extremely shallow draft for a sailing yacht of her size.
2.  Her outdoor living areas - from the tremendous shaded cockpit, with sheltered steering station, to her aft "sailing" station.  Additional living areas on deck include an area for seating forward of the mast and an extensive sunning area aft of the cockpit area.
3.  Her "engineer's" walk-in, stand up engine room with all machinery easily accessible
4.  Tremendous refrigeration space both for refrigeration and freezer.  Every conceivable space available goes to storage.
5.  Excellent maintenance.  Recently addressed areas (2015) include new air-conditioning chillers replaced and the entire air-conditioning system totally serviced.
6.  Refrigeration replaced end of 2014
7.  New bow thruster (twin blade) in 2015
8.  New galley induction cook top and oven in 2015
9.  2 x new hot water heaters
10. All new deck prisms in 2015
11. Main companionway air controlled and very reliable and convenient
12. Big rig and versatile sail combination ensure that a wider range of wind speeds and sailing conditions can be met with the appropriate sail combinations, not to mention a powerful engine and proprietary Hundested propeller.
13.  New bimini top, 2015

Hull and engine room built to Lloyd's specs and plans have Lloyd's seal.  Although the boat was never kept in class, this is a major indication of the quality and integrity of JESS SEA's level of construction.

Current owner built the vessel to very high safety and quality standards.  He is interested in mechanical and electrical/hydraulic systems.  All breaker panels are in very large stand up engine room and above each generator.  Owner has always had professional crew and insists on highest maintenance standards.  Preventative and scheduled maintenance is rigidly adhered to.

Immaculately maintained and ready to go, now is the time for the next adventurous owner to take over.


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