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MERITA is a canoe stern, round bilge, shoal draught gentleman’s coastal motor yacht. She was designed by a naval lieutenant Pruitt, from St Just, for his personal use, and built in W Frazier & Son’s yard in Mevagissey (which is now the Maritime Museum) in 1936.

Hull construction is carvel, of pitch pine on oak frames. As a tribute to Frazier’s build quality, the hull, deck and saloon side timbers are totally original. Likely to have had an open stern for sea fishing, sometime in the 1960’s, a wheelhouse and aft cabin were added. When the present owner bought her there was nothing of the interior to preserve and a full bare hull rebuild and refit was planned. As usual with wooden boat projects it took longer and cost more than anticipated! This summer is her first visit to home waters in 80 years.