Merlin has a large – and enclosed – rear counter – the area where the steerer operates from – with seating, which makes for a sociable layout.
With space for eleven people, including the skipper, and the usual amenities of fully-fitted kitchen with everything you’d need, a full size-gas cooker and oven, full-sized sink with hot and cold running water, and fridge.
There are two four-berth cabins, two single berth saloons, and one single berth in the skipper’s cabin.
Merlin’s saloon area has fitted seats along one side, with stools the other, so it’s possible to move from one end of the boat to the other, even whilst the tables are in place – this is a great feature with young people on board: no more clambering along seats or under tables!
Merlin’s counter can be seen here: there’s room for a steerer on the exposed counter, and room for 2-3 more people standing or sitting in the more enclosed area right in front. In addition, there are grab rails either side to make getting on or off the boat easy.