Designed to Win The Merry Sea was designed for the Shipyard School Raid, a one hundred mile one week row in the Cascadia Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands to Port Townsend. It finished first in all legs and a sister ship has placed well in the Blackburn Challenge and other New England events. The Merry Sea proved confident in two foot seas and severe winds.. The design premise for the Raid entry was one can row faster then one can sail and five knot averages were the rule! Check out Robin & Sue's excellent adventure, rowing a Merry Sea Two from Ketchikan, AK to Bellingham!
Awesome for Sharing The Merry Sea Double really moves with two rowers powering the long 22 foot hull. It is too much boat for one person to row - choose a Merry Two and build in a similar manner for solo touring. However, it does work well as a stable confident shell for two to row without gear. We look forward to another multi-day rowing tour in the Kooteney’s of British Columbia - two of us plus lot’s of gear for comfortable camping.
Room for Gear The perfect choice for two to row with plenty of capacity. Hard decked flotation chambers at the bow and stern have large access ports for watertight storage. Removable bulkheads allow a open boat for day touring or large cargo holds for lot's of gear. In addition to camping gear, we had a large 19' parawing fly, table, chairs and beer for a week of hard rowing! Snap on spraydecks (not part of kit) keep the cargo holds dry while adding tremendous floatation.
Expedition Tough The Merry Sea is designed for rough use with additional frames/floors that have large taped-in fillets, a bonded stem and integrated floatation chamber structure. The hull has uprated taping and triple glassing on the bottom panels. The removable rigs are through bolted to the gunwales and frames with stern stays also attached to the gunwales, adding to the hull strength while providing a very rigid rowing platform. Everything can be easily de-rigged for simple transportation!
Merry Sea Two kit $2050
Uses Gunwale fit kit
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