44' Mercer 1978



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44' Mercer 1978 Synia


                                    PRICED TO SELL AT $99,900                 

                               COMPLETE AWLGRIP REPAINT 2016

The Mercer 44 has the greatest longevity of any of Bill Tripp's designs. No longer in regular production, the Mercer 44 took her name from where she was built in Trenton, New Jersey -- Mercer County -- by Mercer Reinforced Plastics. This design is largely a flush-decked version of the Bermuda 40, gaining the additional four feet of overall length through a slightly higher freeboard. She has a well-proportioned doghouse on her otherwise flush deck. The Mercer 44 is said to be Bill Tripp's favorite. All owners of Mercer 44s have high praise for the design.

The additional 4 feet versus the Bermuda 40, plus the flush deck, gives the main cabin enhanced spaciousness and opens up the otherwise traditional layout. It has a proper sized head with hot water shower and huge hanging lockers opposite. Mercer 44s do not appear on the used boat market very often because their owners love them.

The tooling for this boat was acquired by Cape Cod Shipbuilding after 1962 when Mercer Reinforced Plastics had built the first six boats. Since then, Cape Cod has built eight more, including SYNIA, in 1978, for Charles Struthers who circimnavigated South America and cruised aboard her to Antarctica.

The present, (second) owner of SYNIA completed a three year re-fit to include top-side Awlgrip, mast & spars, spray-on RinoLiner non-skid, bright work inside & out, complete re-wiring, micro-wave/convection oven, television & stereo, new navigation station, upholstery, interior paint, rebuilt stove (w/electric cook top), plumbing, new sail covers/cushions, electric windless, 10' hard dinghy w/chocks, 3.5 Kw NextGen with complete electrical installation, ICOM M304 VHF w/Mast mounted antenna, ICOM M700 SSB w/large DynaPlate & ICOM auto-antenna tuner, Spin Tec Roller Furling System, Roller Furling Jib, 3 New hatches (fiberglass over teak), dedicated bilge pump for bottom of chain locker (2010), holding tank with deck pump-out & overboard discharge (2010), and more.






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11' 9"

Engine Details:

Westerbeke 4-108

Engine 1:

259.00 HRS

Engine 2:

259.00 HRS

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Max Draft: 4'3"/ 8'11"
Ballast: 8600
Displacement: 27000

Fuel: 2 X 33
Fresh Water: 170
Holding: 20

New foam rubber cushions in single berths with new berth covers & cushions throughout entire boat (New 2008)
Hot water heated by electric, engine & stove feeding 10 gal. hot water tank
Complete electrical re-wire of entire boat. All wiring marine grade, coded, numbered and schematic. (New 2008) 
Battery charging system (New 2008)
Complete wiring and monitoring system in place for installation of 3.5 kw NextGen set (New 2008)
Microwave Convection Oven (New 2008)
Assorted electrical appliances: Coffee Pot, Toaster, Crock Pot, Hot-Plate(s) (New 2008)
Head (Wilcox Crittenden) is overboard discharge……(as well as 20-gal holding tank).
Fresh water cooling system for commercial grade 110v refrigeration

  • VHF Radio
  • Furuno Radar (new 2000)
  • Alpha Marine Autopilot
  • 1500 amp dc/ac inverter
  • AeroGen 0-40 amp wind generator (new 2014)
  • Garmin GPS plotter
  • Signet Knot Log in cockpit, repeater at Nav table
  • Raytheon Depthsounder
  • Signet Wind Instruments
  • Icom Single Side Band Radio with insulated backstay and antenna tuner
  • 1000 amp hours of battery storage in 3 house batteries,1 starting battery and 1 windlass battery
  • 3 way switch to control charging
  • Battery Charger
  • 110v shore power
  • Recessed depthsounder transducer
  • ICOM M304 VHF w/Mast mounted antenna (New 2010)
  • ICOM M700 SSB installed w/large DynaPlate & auto-antenna tuner (New 2010)

  • 8.5oz Lee Sails Dacron Mainsail with 3 reefs (new condition 2016)
  • 8oz. 120% Genoa w/single reef point – good condition
  • 10oz Storm Jib – new condition
  • 2oz. Drifter – good condition
  • 2oz. Twin-drifter (wire luff) set flying – good condition
  • Spin Tec Roller Furling System (New 2010)
  • 120* Sails Inc. Roller Furling Jib (Excellent condition)

  • Mainsail covers, bright work covers and sail bags (New 2008)
  • 10’ Bauer sailing dinghy w/oars and outboard mount
  • Custom fiberglass dinghy/lifeboat chock aft of mast
  • New spray-on textured non-skid - Polyurethane Rubber - (new 2017)
  • Large open cockpit with new stainless steel & canvas dodger (New 2008)
  • All standing rigging fresh or new
  • Main halyard and double forward halyard with room for two more halyards…..(all New 2008)
  • Genoa sheets (new 2008)
  • 1-100# Fisherman Storm Anchor
  • 1-45# Rockna Primary Anchor w/200' 3/8 High Tensile Chain (new 2015)
  • 2- 35# Danforth Anchors
  • 1 - 33# Stainless Steel Bruce w/50' 1/2 Stainless Steel Chain & 150' 5/8" Nylon Rode 
  • 4- complete sets of anchor rode w/chain (150’+)
  • Stern Anchor hawser with 150’ 5/8 anchor rode & chain
  • Lewmar Electric Windless both chain & rope gypsy (New 2008)
  • Stainless Steel deck mounted mast pulpit with pin-rails (8-pins / 4-each)
  • High pressure salt water wash-down system for entire deck (New 2008)
  • Hot/Cold fresh water shower in cockpit (New 2008)
  • 6 Type IV USCG Flotation Device
  • 5 Fire Extinguishers
  • 1 Manual Bilge Pump – Whale Gusher in Cockpit 15 gpm
  • 1 External High Volume Electric Bilge Pump w/filter
  • 1 Man Overboard Module
  • Radar Reflector
  • 12v Handheld Search Light & 3-drycell handheld flash lights
  • Emergency Tiller
  • Man overboard pole w/strobe
  • Stainless Lifelines

  • 3.5 Kw NextGen with complete electrical installation (New 2010)
  • Max Prop
  • Spare Fixed Prop
  • Dedicated bilge pump system for bottom of chain locker (New 2010)
  • Holding tank with deck pump-out & overboard discharge
  • New Lewmar windlass
  • 259 hours since major engine overhaul in 2014
  • New starter, 105-amp alternator, fuel lift pump, raw water pump, complete engine-room re-wiring completed 2017

SYNIA got a complete new Awlgrip repaint in 2016 in Antigua. An earlier 2-year re-fit entailed stripping the entire interior to the bulkheads, re-varnish, complete electrical re-wiring to include control panel lighting, TV, auto-pilot, radar, SSB radio, navigation station, charging system. New plumbing, diesel stove, windless, wash-down, engine overhaul, interior and bilge painting. New interior cushions and covers, lamps, galley, storage, new awnings, fresh bright-work w/custom covers, 10’ un-sinkable sailing dinghy/lifeboat with custom chocks. All new life lines, halyards, sheets, blocks masthead fittings, painted mast & boom. Fresh bilges, bilge pumps, filters, and more!  Broker has extensive picture file available upon request.

This listing is presented to you courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. 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.

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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