1970 Custom Merlin Boudreaux Tug

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Class Power
Category Tug
Year 1970
Make Custom
Length 45'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Steel
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Quincy, MA
Vessel Details

The Tug, CAPT SHORTY, is of all welded steel construction, of the model bow and counter stern type, designed to the Gulf style form, with flat sides, single hard chine, and rocker bottom. This form allows for the running gear to be set up under the flat aft bottom, achieving maximum water flow. The propeller shaft and bearing are hung in a strut, and the single semi-balanced plate rudder is hung on the skeg.

The deck is flush, and wide, with the main deck raised slightly forward and surrounded by full perimeter welded steel bulwark, fitted with freeing ports.

The hull is protected by a course of full perimeter half-round steel fender guard, as well as heavy rubber tires slung by chains. Many were removed at the time of survey to facilitate topside painting.

Atop the deck is found the superstructure, which comprises the crew accommodations on the main deck, with pilothouse on the second deck, set forward, with wide overhanging bridge wings. The stack is set aft of the pilothouse. The entire second deck is surrounded by a full perimeter double tier welded pipe railing.

Below the main deck the hull is divided into three (3) individual watertight compartments by two (2) transverse bulkheads, being the forepeak/berthing area, following by the midships engine room, followed by the full breadth water tank, followed by the lazarette void.

Deck equipment includes a push knee at the bow, constructed of a single 5 diameter pipe standing approximately 3 above the bulwark, and supported by kickers. Additionally, 5 H bitt is found on the bow, longitudinally configured, and fitted to the deck by a substantial doubler. 5 towing bitt is located on the aft deck, centerline tight at the house, and set on a large doubler with plate kickers. Double 4 H bitts are found at the quarters, port and starboard side, fore and aft.

The steering gear is found on the main deck aft, and protected by a stern grating, removed at service for maintenance.

Access to the main deck superstructure is by port and starboard watertight doors, with internal access to the pilothouse as well as fixed steel ladder externally forward on the centerline and port and starboard weathertight wood panel doors to the bridge wings.

Access to the second deck aft is by fixed welded tubular ladders port and starboard sides aft.

Engine room and forepeak access is internal, with the lazarette accessed by 20 round watertight hatch found under the aft deck grating.

  • Smx digital AC/heat control
  • Insignia LCD TV
  • 1st alert smoke/Co
  • AC/DC breaker panel
  • 115v outlets
  • Portside watertight entry door
  • 115v recessed puck lighting
  • Settee which converts to 50 berth
  • Companionway to pilothouse
  • Companionway to lower master stateroom
  • Companionway to galley
  • 110v recessed puck lighting
  • Ceran 2 burner elect stovetop
  • Panasonic combination convection/microwave
  • Mr. Coffee Coffee maker
  • Tundra fridge/freezer
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Pullout vertical pantry
  • Ample cabinet storage
  • 4 portlights for nice light and views
Master Stateroom
  • Queen berth
  • Night table
  • En-Suite bath with head and vanity
  • En-Suite separate stall shower forward
  • Built-in dresser and storage unit
  • Hanging locker
  • Digital SMX climate control
  • Ladder/steps to salon
  • 115V outlets
  • Lighting
  • Splendide Washer/Dryer Combo Machine
Helm and Electronics
  • Furuno NavNet Radar/Plotter
  • Furuno GP-1650DF GPS/Plotter/Sounder
  • Uniden CT-206 Fathometer
  • Garmin 2010C Chart Plotter
  • Icom IC-M 502 VHF Transceivers-2 for redundancy/safety
  • Simrad AP-35 Autopilot
  • KVH Azimuth 1000 Compass

The pilothouse is functionally laid out, with forward console affording excellent visibility. Internal access is aft in the pilothouse, as well as opening bridge wing doors port and starboard sides.

The pilothouse is in excellent condition, having benefited from a complete interior refit that finds high quality woodworking and excellent fit and finish. This includes a step down daybed and chart table aft in the wheel house. The forward windows are set in oak frames, the center window of the opening type. At the chart table are found required navigation charts and current publications.

  • Settee for two
  • Storage area aft to port
  • Center leather helm seat with footrest
  • 5 roundhouse windows for 240 degree view
  • Center opening port
  • Port and starboard wing doors
  • Access to catwalk serving bow access and rear upper deck
  • Digital climate control
  • Kubota 10.5 KW diesel generator unit (1,750 hours - Fwc with keel cooling)
  • 8D marine genset starting battery
  • (2) 8D marine engine starting batteries in series for 24V
  • AC and DC electrical circuit breaker panels, well marked for service, located in the engine room and in accommodations area
  • (2) 30 amp 115v circuits
  • 12 Volt DC system with marine circuit breakers
  • Sentry model FR40 40 amp automatic battery charger
Engine and Mechanical Details
  • Main Engine 318HP, Detroit 8-V-71-NA Diesel
  • Allison MH Transmission, gear ratio 4.5:1
  • 4" S.S. Direct Drive Shaft
  • 46" x 40" (4) Blade Nibral Prop
  • Kubota - 10.5 KW Generator
  • Keel cooling for Generator and Main Engine
  • Dry stack exhaust for generator and Main Engine
  • (3) Rule 12V automatic bilge pumps
Mechanical Disclaimer

*Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.


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.

Contact Information


RON HOUSMAN, CPYB @ 617-549-4123 OR EMAIL ronhousman@unitedyacht.com


Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Draft
Engine Make Detroit Diesel
Engine Model 8V71NA
Total Power 318hp
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Shape Displacement
1970 Custom Merlin Boudreaux Tug

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