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MERIDIAN 541

TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS

Test Engine: 2/600-hp Cummins MerCruiser QSC8.3-600 diesel inboards w/ Zeus drives

Transmission/Ratio: ZF 105S-1.2 marine gears w/ 1.2:1 ratio

Props: Zeus M7

Price as Tested: $1,466,708

The Numbers

2010 Meridian 541 Final Boat Test Numbers:

rpm mph (knots) gph mpg (nmpg) sm range nm range decibels trim (degrees)
1000 9.0 (7.8) 3 2.98 (2.59) 1,702 1,480 63 0.5
1500 11.0 (9.5) 10 1.10 (0.95) 625 543 71 1.5
2000 14.7 (12.8) 28.2 0.52 (0.45) 297 259 69 4
2500 25.0 (21.7) 40.1 0.62 (0.54) 355 309 71 4.5
2700 28.4 (24.7) 45.8 0.62 (0.54) 354 308 71 5
3000 33.2 (28.9) 56.4 0.59 (0.51) 336 292 73 5
3060 34.6 (30.0) 60.8 0.57 (0.49) 324 282 73 4.5
PROPULSION: 2/600-hp Cummins MerCruiser QSC8.3-600 diesel inboards w/ Zeus drives; ZF 105S-1.2 marine gears w/ 1.2:1 ratio; propsets: Zeus M7

CONDITIONS: temperature: 72F; humidity: 60%; wind: variable, light; seas: calm; load: 630 gal. fuel, 150 gal. water, 3 persons, and 800 lbs. of gear.
Speeds are two-way averages measured w/ Stalker radar gun.
GPH taken via SmartCraft fuel-monitoring system.
Range: 90% of advertised fuel capacity.
Decibels measured on A scale. 65 dB is the level of normal conversation.

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT ON TEST BOAT

Onan 23-kW genset (in lieu of 21-kW model)
teak decking (cockpit, stairway, flying bridge)
wooden floor in saloon
Raymarine premium electronics package (2/E120W screens and 4-kW radar)
hardtop
flying-bridge A/C
Splendide washer/dryer
Fisher & Paykel dishwasher
desk/chair in master stateroom
hydraulic swim platform
full canvas package

This article originally appeared in the June 2010 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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