1961 Merritt Sportfish Description

This is the Hull that started it all for Merritt, designed as the quint essential in game fishing boats. Originally built as the “Timid Tuna” she boasted a long bow pulpit for harpooning bluefins of Cat Cay in the Bahamas when they migrated through in the spring. The Merritt is revered and admired for the performance and fishability without compromise.
The pedigree of the 37 is unmistakable, known to turn heads and raise fish. For a boat that is 63 years old she never looked better. 37 Merritts rarely come to market, finding one of the 12 remaining in existence that isn’t past down in the family is a rare opportunity.
Hotty Toddy went through a two-year refit that was performed under the watchful eye of the owner. The refit was extensive stopping short of nothing and ensuring a safe reliable fishing machine to last generations.
Construction: Juniper Plank over mahogany stringers, boat received a new bottom cold molded in the mid-nineties and is solid.

Built in Pompano Beach Florida

1961 Merritt Sportfish Disclaimer

HMY Yacht Sales, Inc. is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by HMY Yacht Sales - Soverel Harbour Marina.

Hotty Toddy Specifications

Name: Hotty Toddy
Current Price: $679,000
Year: 1961
Engine Model: Reman QSB 5.9
Length: 37 ft
Gross Weight: --
Hull Material: Other
State: FL
Draft: --
Fuel Capacity: 240 Gallons
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Manufacturer: Cummins
Beam: 11.67 ft
Max Speed: 32 kn
City: Stuart
Country: US

1961 Merritt Sportfish Vessel Overview

Hotty Toddy



  • Cummins Reman QSB 5.9 with Twin Disc MGX5075A 2:05:1
  • Hours: 88.9 (March 2024)


  • Cummins Reman QSB 5.9 with Twin Disc MGX5075A 2:05:1
  • Hours: 67.8 (March 2024


  • New Custom Marine Exhaust for both engines
  • New wiring harnesses, engine mounts, oil lines, gear Coolers, displays and Glendenning
  • “Palm Beach Style” single lever controls upper and lower stations

Generator: Phasor 8.3 KW New 220 Hours

  • Speed
    Cruise 25 knots 15 Gallons an hour 75 percent power
  • Max Speed 32Knots


  • Day berth below, upper convertible dinette and day berth upper.


  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Teak counters and integrated sink
  • New faucets
  • Draw storage and cabinets
  • Teak and holly deck
  • Day berth cushions
  • New air conditioning
  • New fresh water pump


  • Toilet Galley Maid electric
  • Teak Sink and countertop
  • Drawers and cabinets
  • Teak and holly deck


  • Open bulkhead design with isinglass bulkhead (New)
  • Dinette and cushions with teak table
  • Side bench/berth with sunbrella (New)
  • Teak ceiling with LED rope lighting and mini cans
  • All lighting new with new controls by Vidmar
  • Chrome and original stainless steel brightwork re chromed and polished to mirror finish.
  • Teak and holly floors
  • All varnish completely stripped and recoated
  • Companion doorway to below reworked and varnished
  • New locking hardware
  • New drawer slides
  • New AC system and pumps


  • New full width covering boards solid with no splices.
  • New teak deck and drains over divinycell foam and glass mat
  • New side boards and ribs as required
  • Tanks removed and re installed after cleaning and paint
  • Drink box rebuilt with foam core and cabinets
  • New Gemlux rod holders (X6)
  • Rocket Launcher (Release Marine with new pedestal boltless)
  • All cleats original re chrome over brass
  • Cockpit rope lighting
  • Release marine stainless steering wheel
  • Garmin display in radio box
  • Glendinning controls
  • Fusion remote in cockpit
  • Remote start for Generator
  • Remote starts for engines in lower station
  • Tuna door
  • Underwater lights
  • Live well in hull
  • New Salt Water Pumps
  • Fresh water and Salt water spigots


  • Garmin GPS displays 8616 (x2)
  • Garmin Auto Pilot
  • Garmin Speed display
  • Garmin VHF with Comrod antennas (x2)
  • High Seas half tower with fiberglass hard top molded cockpit floods and running lights
  • Single stool for helm
  • Single lever palm beach style controls with Glendinning controls
  • Synchronizer
  • New isinglass enclosure
  • New cushions on bridge
  • Bridge scuttle

Equipment and Updates

  • Rupp double spreader tournament outriggers with Gemlux pulleys ready to fish
  • New Deck hardware and handrails with re chromed original merit hardware
  • New windows with gray lite tempered ¼ glass custom fit and bedded
  • New cockpit covers
  • New fuel lines and filler caps
  • New AwlCraft 2000 Matterhorn white with Awlgrip nonskid on foredeck
  • Blue bottom in September 23
  • New four blade propellers
  • New dripless shaft seals
  • New battery charger
  • New Electrical panel upgrade
  • ARID bilge vacuum system
  • New Bilge pumps and sump pumps throughout
  • New high water alarm
  • New Racor 1000 fuel Filters for main engines and Generator
  • New Seacocks
  • All rot removed and replaced open check book. Boat was extensively examined for any and all issues
  • New LED lights throughout the boat
  • Teak Transom complete strip and rework with new hinges and hardware
  • New wiring, water lines, harnesses, wire loom
  • Rudder logs repacked
  • Steering lines replaced
  • New strainer and AC pump

Merritt Yachts

Merritt Boats has a rich history out of Pompano Beach, Florida dating back to 1948. This is a boat brand that signifies growth in the South Florida sportfish industry. Many changes have occurred since the boat yard was started in 1948. While the Merritt 37 footers have grown to include yachts up to 86 feet, with many luxurious enhancements, the small Mom & Pop ambiance of the boat yard has basically remained the same. As a family-owned and operated boat yard, Merritt maintains a very high quality standard with complete control from conception to fabrication to installation and final delivery.

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