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Available for SaleFIGHTING LADY43' 1974 Merritt 

43' Merritt, FIGHTING LADY, is one of the finest fishing boats ever built. Established more winning tuna fishing records, won more tournaments and received more "All Tackle" marlin records than any boat in history. Only 12 ever built. 2010 New Cummings engines. New generator, exhaust risers, fuel tanks, teak deck, outriggers and Garmin electronics. 3/21 New bottom paint and props.

26 North Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Merritt's Boat and Engine Works. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel


LOA: 43' (14 m)
Beam: 10' (4 m)
Hull Material: Wood
Fuel Capacity: 210 gal (795 L)
Location: Florida, Pompano Beach, United States
Build Year: 1974
Builder: Merritt
Model: Sportfish
Type: Sport Fishing
Engine Information:
  • Engine Make: Cummins
  • Engine Model: 6C-TAB3
  • Engine Year: 2010
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Power (HP): 450.00
  • Power (KW): 0.00
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Hours: 1280.00
  • Engine Location: Port



Sleeps 2 in 1 stateroom and 2 in Salon on large couches. There is 1 large guest head and 1 large guest shower.

Forward stateroom features twin hanging lockers and numerous storage drawers and cabinets. Salon is up with galley to port and 2 large built in couches with rod storage behind. The decor is simple with vinyl wall coverings and teak trim. A very bright and classic look on a timeless fishing boat.

Master stateroom: V-berth, Galley Maid Marine head, (2 hanging lockers with lights and drawers

Main Salon: 2 Color TVs, sofa with rod storage, AM/FM stereo system


  • Microwave oven, 2017
  • Merritt under-counter refrigerator
  • Stainless steel water heater
  • Corian sink
  • Corian counter

Electronics & Navigation

  • VHF Horizon standard GX3000S
  • New 2 Garmin GPS Map: Depth, Plotter, and Radar
  • Full tuna tower
  • Rupp triple spreader and center outriggers, New 2017
  • Speakers
  • 3 sided enclosure
  • Antennas
  • Tower platform
  • Radar and radio box
  • Merritt's rack and pinion controls on FB and tower
  • (2) quartz lights (110V AC)

Electrical System

  • (3) batteries
  • 7KW Phasor Generator, New 2017
  • Automatic battery charger
  • Battery parallel switch
  • Dockside electrical cable
  • Electrical system: 12V, 220V

Deck Equipment

  • Danforth anchor
  • (6) life jackets
  • Spreader lights
  • Navigation lights
  • Bridge/ Flybridge curtains - 3 sided enclosure
  • Saltwater deck wash down system
  • New teak deck, 2017
  • New fuel tanks, 2017

Fishing Equipment

  • (8) rod holders
  • Transom door
  • Merritt fighting chair
  • Rupp outrigger
  • Full Merritt-Jack Hopewell tuna tower
  • Freezer in cockpit


  • Transom door
  • (2) New 210 Gal fuel tanks, 2017
  • (2) Bait freezers
  • Saltwater/ freshwater wash down system
  • Dockside phone and TV connections
  • 50 amp/ 220V shore power cord
  • (4) rod holders on tower legs
  • Teak covering boards
  • New mezzanine cushions
  • New teak cockpit, 2017
  • New Merritt bottom paint, April 2021
  • New props, 2021
  • In deck livewell

Engine Room

  • New Cummings Diesel, 2010
  • Cruisair reverse cycle heat and AC with programmable keypad control
  • Halon fire control system
  • New propellers and shafts, 2020
  • Recor fuel filter with vacuum gauges
  • (6) 1500 gph rule automatic bilge pumps
  • Electric fuel prime pump
  • Dripless shaft seals
  • 1000 hour complete service, 2017
  • New risers, 2017


  • Owners' personal belongings
  • Fishing tackle
  • Tools


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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