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For Sale: 2004 Meridian 459 Motor Yacht

Listing ID2544677
Sale Price$249,000 CAD SOLD! [ Convert To USD ]
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Category Motor Yachts
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Model459 Motor Yacht
Located Toronto, Ontario, CA
Length45ft / 13.72 m
Beam14ft 4in / 4.37 m
Engine ModelCummins 6bta59-m3
Engine TypeInboard
Engine HP7400
Engine Hours750

The 459MY is an immensly popular two-stateroom, two-head motoryacht with a large cockpit which provides a patio for the master stateroom complete with a sliding door. Large salon with twin setees, recliner, and moveable table. High gloss cabinetry throughout the boat. With a down galley area including a full upright refrigerator/freezer. The staterooms are roomy and comfortable. The bridge is
expansive with lots of seating and a wet bar. Full canvas enclosures with isinglass panels provide a dry quite ride in most conditions. Cummins power makes this a fine cruising vessel with the ability for tight turns with little lean and a comfortable ride.

For most yachts, the design process starts with the hull and deck, which are inked both for performance through the water and good looks by traditional standards, with the interior created later to fit that shell. In the case of the Meridian 459, I?d guess that the designers took the opposite route. First they assembled the features they wanted: two staterooms, a saloon, a galley, two large heads, a sundeck and a cockpit. Then they shrink-wrapped a boat around this package.

The 459 is the nautical version of the ?cab forward? automobile that trades hood length for increased interior space. The 459 has interior volume in spades. This is a yacht that packs an incredible amount of living area and comfort into a surprisingly nimble package.

Dockside, the 459 is impressively tall, with side decks that loom far above head height amidships, drooping lower at the bow. The foredeck tilts forward, turning the usually horizontal sunpads into recliners, but putting the anchor roller at a reasonable height.

The 459 was developed from the Meridian 408, an immensely popular two-stateroom/two-head motoryacht that will continue in production for the time being. In fact, all the likable features of the 408 remain untouched, with the 459 created by morphing on a large cockpit. Frankly, the cockpit is such a useful feature that it would be hard to live without it. First, it provides water-level access to the stern platform for swimming, boarding a tender or stepping onto a pier. It also allows a spacious under-deck compartment for the generator that, in turn, frees up space in the tight engine room.

Most important, however, is that it creates a private patio for the master stateroom, complete with a sliding door. In the 408, the master stateroom is limited to a transom window, but the 459 has more light plus direct access to the cockpit. With a chair and table, it would be a pleasant place for 459 owners to start their day with coffee and croissants.

The saloon is expansive, with twin settees (the port couch includes two oh-so-comfortable Flexsteel recliners in stain-resistant Mirage leather) and a double row of windows that allows guests a wide-screen view of the scenery while seated. Though padded liners are used extensively, there is enough high-gloss cherry joinery and accents to warm the interior. Two hinged-up windows provide fresh air but could prove to be ankle-biters on the side decks.

Airflow throughout the 459 was carefully considered in the design process, and the overhead liner conceals the climate-control ducts and vents, with indirect airflow for draft-free cooling. The optional Marine Air air conditioning system has no exposed vents, and the standard Meridian 459 has an outside air ventilation system to refresh the cabin air.

The flying bridge is so impeccably designed that it becomes an all-weather loft, negating the need for a lower station even in areas such as the Pacific Northwest. Completely protected by the optional soft enclosure, it remains open to the hardtop-covered afterdeck, which has its own enclosure. The result is airy and bright, and conversation can flow from deck to bridge.

The steps to the bridge are comfortably spaced, and the view from the helm is excellent in all directions, including the after corners when backing down or docking. Add the optional air conditioning/heating for the bridge, and you?ll never miss the lower helm.

The galley is down, but just barely, since the saloon sole is at knee height. In addition to touches such as the full upright refrigerator/freezer and convection/microwave oven, it has a clever pantry beneath the sole with twin bins for stowage. Lift the steps to the saloon, and you?ll find an immense stowage area, some of which can be used for the optional washer/dryer. Noticeable throughout the 459 but particularly a concern in the galley is the absence of sea rails or lips on counter surfaces.

Forward, the guest stateroom is pleasantly sized, with a double berth, two hanging lockers and a door to the large day head with shower.

The master stateroom is an absolute delight because of that slider to the cockpit. The queen innerspring berth is athwartships and, for once, rectangular, so store-bought linens will fit properly. The head is divided, with a toilet compartment aft and a separate enclosed shower forward, while a sink in a Karadon counter divides the two.

The only tight area on the 459 is the engineroom, which is reached via a lift-out panel in the saloon sole. The headroom is low, and access to the engines is improved by removing two additional sole panels, but it?s acceptable for the usual checks. With the generator absented to the under-cockpit compartment, there is both more space in the engineroom than in that of the 408 and excellent access to the sound-shielded genset.

Construction is to high standards, and the tight seams between panels are the result of mirror-smooth molds created by a computer-driven, state-of-the-art milling machine. Meridian strengthens the hull with a stringer system that extends from the stern to the bow strake and carries, via aluminum cross members, the weight and torque of the engines. Unlike builders who simply tab in the bulkheads, Meridian designed the 459 with load-bearing bulkheads that create a monocoque uni-body structure for added strength. The hull/deck joint is bonded chemically with urethane and mechanically with through-bolts every five to seven inches. With vinylester resins for blister protection, Meridian offers a 10-year hull and deck warranty.

When it comes to systems, Meridian has color-coded all the wiring for easy service. Connections are made with pin connectors, rather than crimped swages, to eliminate shorts. Because Meridian knows boat owners will add and update gear in the future, wiring buses have been provided on the flying bridge to simplify the addition of components.

Under way, handling was reassuringly predictable. Cranking the wheel hard over at full chat resulted in a calm and unruffled turn as the 459 bit solidly without cavitation, leaned over comfortably and even sliced through her own wake without fuss.

The test boat also had the Meridian-exclusive Docking On Command (D.O.C.) system, which takes the sweaty palms out of close-quarters maneuvering. Linking bow- and sternthrusters through a diamond-shape helm control, the skipper can use the D.O.C. system to spin the 459, operate either the forward or after thrusters independently or, by pushing the D.O.C. control to one side, move the 459 sideways into the tightest mooring. It?s a slick and worthwhile addition for novices and old pros alike, as long as they remember this: These are electric thrusters which, when used for extended periods, can overheat and shut down at an awkward moment. Nevertheless, it?s definitely an option I?d check off, if only for the increased resale value to a novice.

The Meridian 459 provides a comfortably spacious and thoughtfully designed interior that is sure to delight potential buyers.

Builder: Meridian
Warranty: 10 years
Flag of Registry: United States
Hull Shape: Modified Vee

DimensionsLOA: 45 ft 0 in
Beam: 14 ft 4 in
Maximum Draft: 3 ft 10 in
Bridge Clearance: 14 ft 4 in
Headroom: 6 ft 7 in
Deadrise: 10 at Transom
Dry Weight: 30700 lbs

EnginesTotal Power: 740 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Cummins
Year Built: 2004
Engine Model: QSB
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Location: Starboard
Engine Hours: 750
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 370 HP
Engine 2:
Engine Brand: Cummins
Year Built: 2004
Engine Model: QSB
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Location: Port
Engine Hours: 750
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 370 HP

Cruising Speed: 20 mph
Maximum Speed: 27 mph

TanksFresh Water Tanks: 1 Plastic (90 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 2 Aluminum (165 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 1 Plastic (55 Gallons)

AccommodationsNumber of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2

ElectronicsAuto Pilot
Plotter - Raymarine
DVD player - Clarion
GPS - Raymarine
Cockpit speakers
Depthsounder - ST6001
Radar - Raymarine
DVD player

Inside EquipmentElectric bilge pump
Air conditioning
Deep freezer
Battery charger
Stern thruster
Microwave oven
Hot water
Marine head
Bow thruster

Electrical EquipmentShore power inlet
Generator - Onan 9kw
Electrical Circuit: 240V
Solar Power

Outside Equipment/ExtrasSwimming ladder
Cockpit table - upper aft deck
Electric windlass

CoversFull Enclosure

Notable items

Bow and Stern thrusters

Windlass with foot controls

Anchor wash down

Updated TVs and Stereos throughout


Custom Counter Tops

Forward guest stateroom and guest areas

Double berth

2 hanging lockers

large storage area

private access to the day head with shower


port windows

deck hatch

cherry doors and cabinetry

Upper aft deck

The upper aft deck has a large comfortable lounge seat

Custom WoodCocktail table

2 acrylic large wing door allowing access forward to bow areas

wide molded steps to bridge helm area

new ice maker at wet bar

canvas enclosures with strata glass inserts

outside carpeting

Cockpit area

Lots of entertaining space, molded steps, fender storage and great access to the swim platform.

raw water washdown in cockpit and anchor locker

Cablemaster shore cord retractor


Cummins QSB 370hp engines

Onan 9kw Generator located under cockpit floor

Batteries, strainers, chargers, and key operational units have easy access in the bilge area


2 Burner range



Solid surface countertops

High gloss cherry cabinetry

Large prep areas

Large storage spaces

Master stateroom

Separate Clarion stereo, LG TV, Queen interspring mattress, split head and shower ensuite with private vanity separating them. The large stateroom expands into a large cockpit area through a private sliding door giving private access to the outside areas.


High gloss cherry cabinetry surrounds you in the salon with twin setees one with sofa bed, recliner, moveable table, carpet runners and engine room access. TV has been installed and a digital Clarion sound system with upgraded speakers compliment your experience.

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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