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2002 86 (ft.) Merrifield-Roberts

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General Information

Listing# 114599

Newport, RI, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Frank MacLear
86 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
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General Details

Completed in 2002, JESS SEA is the product of a number of years of, research, design, and high quality construction. Todays replacement cost is estimated at over $10 mil USD. After her first owner passed away early in the construction phase she received significat modification to the original sail plan and exterior deck design and was commissioned for the first time in 2002 by her current owner.

JESS SEA incorporates the most innovated thinking of her noted designer, Frank MacLear, who was the inventor of the boom-less mainsail and push botton controlled external mast furling. JESS SEA has hydraulic stainless winches and Reckman hydraulic furlers on Genoa, Jib, and Mainsails. Conceived as a go-anywhere world cruising sailing yacht, Jess Sea has many features not typically found on yachts her size including water tight engine room, structural crash bulkhead, massive aluminum scantlings, and a fully protected rudder and propeller. Her sail plan provides an impressive turn of speed, is easily managed, and particularly safe by virtue of her boomless design. These design features coupled with her shallow draft hull form (centerboards up - 6'10", boards down 17'), large volume interior, substantial storage capabilities and low maintenance exterior make Jess Sea the perfect family live aboard or blue water cruising vessel.


JESS SEA has a full beam master stateroom aft, two forward guest staterooms and 4 bunk crew quarters. Each stateroom has en-suite head/shower and crew has head/shower. She has an enormous full beam salon with large fully equipped galley capable of handling a large party of far more guests than she sleeps in berths. Her deck space and components, seating and flow, are all exceptional. What sets JESS SEA apart from all other vessels in her class is her centre cockpit design.
Sails & Rigging
CUTTER RIGGED: Aluminum Mast from Matrix Masts and engineering, Auckland, NZ Standing rigging in OYS continuous SS rod Boomless mainsail with Reckman Hydraulic Furling for safe and easy operation All Hydraulic Navtec backstays Lewmar Hydraulic Windlass with Wildcats SAILS: Main Spectra (New 2013) Spectra Jib Quantum, Spectra (2008) Genoa tri-radia Spectra (2007) Spinnaker, asymmetrical 5200 sq ft Carbon fiber spinnaker pole permanently fitted on mast   HYDRAULIC WINCHES: (2) Anderson 316 Stainless 110 STH 2 speed (2) Anderson 316 Stainless 90 STH 2 speed (4) Anderson 316 Stainless 78 STG 2 speed All three furling systems are Reckman Hydraulic    
MAIN ENGINES: Engines: 308 hp Caterpillar 3306B Turbo Charged Diesel Propeller: Hundested VP5 fully feathering Bronze Propeller GENERATORS & ELECTRICITY: Generators: 22.5 kW Onan 30kW Northern Lights Electricity: 120/220/240 AC 50/100 amp @ 60 Hz 12V/24V DC Batteries: big battery bank located in Salon floor designed to sail boat for up to 6hrs without generator Transformers: (2) Isolation Transformers Chargers: (6) battery chargers in various banks Generator Shore Power: (2) 50/100 amp (forward and aft) AIR CONDITIONING: Chilled water system Marine Air, air conditioning system can bring boat to very cool in hot climates. Heating cycle is Marine Air OTHER MACHINERY: Steering: Tenfjord SR 562 hydraulic steering Rotary Vane Hydraulic steering with (3) redundant systems Bowthruster: Hydraulic Bow Thruster 2 props, powered from hydraulic PTO unit 45HP off of main engine Water Maker: Sea Recovery Water System: Hot water circulation pump for instant hot water (2) Stainless steel electric hot water heaters Showers: Large Waterworks brand shower heads for hotel type showers Toilet System: Vaccuflush fresh water toilets Pumps: (2) DC pumps/PTO on 30 kw generator and main engine PTO Air Compressor: Yes Plumbing: Large Sea Chest in engine room allows all raw water plumbing to be central to one isolated entrance in water tight compartment. There are not through hull fittings aside from the sea chest in engine room and one through full for electronics, for safety.
SATCOM: Stratus and Mini M Satellite TV (NEMA system) with two satellite phones VHF Switchboard telephone system and intercom throughout Cellphone with high output antenna Advanced central cell phone system All B&G sailing instruments Raymarine 72 mile Raymarine 48 mile B&G Autopilot (2) Independent GPS Raymarine NAV interfaced with 72 mile radar Nobletec software PC system interfaced w/ Furuno AIS system Fish finder
Deck Equipment
Ground Tackle: Polished stainless steel CQR Anchors - 300' of chain Polished stainless steel CQR Anchors - 200' of chain (2) Chain lockers (forepeak and under crew cabin companionway) Windlasses: (2) Lewmar Hydraulic Windlass Additional Equipment: Removable chocks forward of mast on deck, recessed with stainless steel thumbscrews
The cockpit easily seats 10 for dinner. Stand-up cocktail parties with 30-40 people have been very popular and comfortable for the owner and their guests, without crowding. Forward steering station has Rosewood hand crafted captain chair at Electronics and Electronic Engine Control Station.
Forward is the fully equipped galley with exceptional refrigeration by RI CO Corp. (cold plate chiller system) operated by dual Grunnert chilled water systems. Three built in refrigerators and two large freezers. Counters are sand colored corian. Underneath cabin sole in galley is a large freezer. Galley is equipped with ice maker. Three big refrigerators and one freezer in port side of the galley. Refrigeration amount was designed to take 6 month cruise without any additional purchases.
Enter salon from the cockpit via a unique designed pneumatic door to the companionway. The full beam salon is large and has good ocean views and natural light due to large hull ports, which provide exceptional light and openness. To port, there is an Ebony dining table for 7, in the area opposite of the seating area which is starboard. Below dining table is a custom cedar lined storage for fine pottery and china. There are lovel hand sealed dark teak floors, rare granite covered counters, large flat screen TV system, superb sound system, teak staved hull ceilings and so much more. The salon flows nicely to the cockpit and the galley. Starboard chairs are leather and teak on an antique area rug with italian leather ottoman.
Excellent sound system with sub woofer New 40" TV and new amp in salon (2013) New Master salon TV
Master Stateroom
Beginning aft, the master stateroom has an oversized queen bed to starboard with six drawers and two hanging lockers. The cabin is open and uncluttered. One twin bed to port with 5 drawers under bedbase. Vanity between beds on aft bulkhead. En-suite has his and her wash basins, polished Brazilian Quartz countertops. Mahogany paneling in master and master bath. Skylights and port holes add plenty of natural light to this full beam cabin. Entertainment system with CD/DVD, flat screen TV, and individual satellite receiver. There is a companionway to a Freeman hatch aft of helm for privacy and emergency egress.
Starboard Guest Stateroom
Starboard guest stateroom features over/under twin size bunk beds. All bedding is luxury quality. Hanging locker with ample storage and entertainment system with small flat screen TV/DVD. Port lights and quartz prism lighting from deck. En-suite head and shower with Brazilian Quartz counter top with teak. Large Waterworks brand shower heads for hotel type showers. All bathroom sinks/fixtures are bronze with brushed nickel finish from Waterworks.
Port Guest Staterooms
The guest staterooms are forward off of the salon to port and starboard, each with TV and music. Port guest stateroom has over/under twin beds, plus a third Pullman twin bed. All bedding is luxury quality. Hanging locker and ample storage space.Port lights and quartz prism lighting from deck. En-suite head and shower with Brazilian Quartz counter top with teak. Large Waterworks brand shower heads for hotel type showers. All bathroom sinks/fixtures are bronze with brushed nickel finish from Waterworks.  
Tenders and Toys
Novurania 15, 60 HP, Yamaha 4 stroke 12' Avon inflatable w/ 10 HP Mercury outboard - stored in lazarette Fishing gear Wakeboard Waterski Snorkeling equipment
The current owner built the vessel to very high safety and quality standards. Owner is interested in mechanical and electrical/hydraulic systems. All breaker panels are in a very large stand-up engine room and above each generator. Owner has always had professional crews and insists on the highest maintenance standards. Preventative and scheduled maintenance are rigidly adhered to. Shaft and rudder removed for inspection (2013) New Dripless seal & Cutlass Bearing (2013)
Deck and Hull
Hull painted in Matterhorn white Awl grip by Rybovich-West Palm Beach 2012 The deck was Awl gripped in 2012 Bottom stripped to metal, re-primed in 2010 Bottom paint done in March 2012 Rig dropped for inspection and to change some B&G electronics - 2012 Bow thruster serviced - 2012 Pendants changed for centerboards - 2012 Crew quarters bath and companionway refinished - 2012
Safety Equipment
Full fire suppression system in engine room - Re-certification 2013 Robust emergency bilge system divided into sections on bilge system Emergency fire hose plumbing on deck powered by Emergency Bilge DC Motor
Crew Quarters
Forward there is one large crew cabin with 4 bunks, curtains for privacy, head/shower and TV. Crew has their own companionway from deck as well as access from below deck via the starboard guest stateroom.
Full sized washer and dryer are located in a locker in the starboard guest stateroom.
All of owner's personal effects.
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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