Pocket rocket from California

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

22' o" 22' 11» 18' 0" 2' 0"/4' 0" 28' 6"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 30%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Paul M. Yates Merit Marine 1982-1986 225 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 2,900 lbs.

The Merit 22 (launched 1982), a racer-cruiser, followed the successful look-alike Merit 25 (launched 1979) which won the MORC national championships twice. Best features: She looks sleek, and although she suffers in the headroom department a little with the hatch closed, with her poptop erected, she is said to have six-foot headroom. Her vertically lifting keel is lead, not the usual iron, which improves her stability because of the greater density of lead, and avoids the maintenance chores associated with the rust that inevitably goes with iron or steel. The keel is out of the way in the up position and locks in the down position so it doesn't slide up in the event of a capsize. She has enough foam flotation to keep her from sinking. Worst features: Try as we might, we came up with only minor negatives. For example, her interior is very plain—designed for racing lightness rather than opulent luxury. Someone complained that her perforated aluminum rail (handy for attaching snatch blocks and fenders) was sharp enough on its top edge to chafe any docking lines that might pass over it. And one sailor suggested bigger mooring chocks and cleats than came standard.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Freedom 21 (22)

21' 8"

8' 0"

2' 0"

2,000

500

16.5

162

260

5.6

10.2

272

4

4' 6"

Merit 22

22' o"

8' 0"

2' 0"

2,000

600

22.7

153

219

5.7

10.0

303

5

3' 9"

Plas Trend Mustang 22

22' 0"

7' 0"

2' 4"

2,000

750

18.8

182

225

5.5

12.3

221

4

3' 8"

Paceship Bluejacket 23

22' 1"

7' 0"

3' 9"

2,000

900

20.3

167

240

5.6

12.0

186

2

3' 1"

ETAP 22i

22' 3"

8' 1"

1' 4"

2,149

518

20.1

126

NA

5.9

9.7

227

4

4' 6"

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