Piper Boatworks builds NEW wooden and fiberglass MerryMac sailboats!
The MerryMac is a hard-chined, free standing, marconi rigged catboat comprised of a halyard and a mainsheet that is easily rigged and managed by sailors of all skill levels.
MerryMacs are 13’6” long, 5’ wide, draw less than six inches of water, carries 100 square feet of sail, and are the epitome of simple sophistication.
Comfortably sailed by one person or with multiple passengers, the boat’s 20-foot mast was carefully designed to be handled by both male and female sailors. The mainsail can be reefed from a seated helmsman position.
MerryMacs beautifully balance form and function. Designed with an eye towards both ease of use and maintenance of the vessel, its limited number of components decreases the potential for problems on the water and limits the need for maintenance. Its straightforward design makes the joy of sailing accessible to a wide audience without compromising performance on the water.
MerryMacs are unique in that the open cockpit allows those aboard to sit inside the boat, reserving the side deck and rail for when the wind or the competition is up. This affords the comfort, performance and safety of a real cockpit, which is unusual in a small boat. The open layout of the cockpit makes the space versatile for different configurations of passengers and gear, which again enhances performance and safety.
Interested? Contact us about going for a sail.
History of the MerryMac
Famed New Hampshire designer/ builder Edward "Ned" McIntosh produced and estimated 200 MerryMacs between 1953 and the late 1960's. The design and construction of these beloved watercraft have stood the test of time, with many of the original numbered fleet still plying the waters along New Hampshire's seacoast and beyond.
The new numbered MerryMacs are built using Ned's original building molds and patterns. Piper Boatworks also produces replacement parts and components for the 200 numbered originals currently in circulation.
If you have a connection to or currently own a numbered original and would like to be part of our MerryMac online archive, please complete the contact form (change to link to new page with form).
Ready-to-Sail Fiberglass or Wood Boat: $9,950
Customized EZ-Loader Trailer: $940
Launching is a cinch with this galvanized trailer customized to properly support the MerryMac. Additional option includes a cast bronze bow eye that enables hauling without submerging the trailer.
Canvas Cover: $725
This custom cover by Shoals Marine Canvas can be used as an open-ended summer cover at the mooring or as a fully enclosed winter cover. Additional options include zip in solid and screened triangle ends and clamshell vents.
New Sail: $895
For owners of original MerryMacs who want to update their sail with a new Doyle brand sail. MerryMac logo and boat number in a variety of colors. Price for new boats include a Doyle sail
Replacement Parts: Contact us
Piper Boatworks can provide all replacement parts and pieces. Let us know what you need or what’s not working.
Read more about the MerryMac in the February 2015 Issue of Wooden Boat's Small Boat Magazine Online