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While his previous ride – the Jeanneau Merry Fisher 795 – was great, it wasn’t quite what he wanted.

That model is configured more as ‘family cruiser’ than ‘serious fishing boat’, and it lacks easy access to the bow area. And though the enclosed cabin area with four berths is perfect for extended family overnight trips, it reduced the available fishing space.

When the 795’s new ‘Marlin’ model (same hull) was released with a walk-around cabin, it looked much more ‘fit-for-purpose’. We recently got the opportunity to check her out and chat with Gayford about her new features.

The most obvious of these is the wide, flared bow with the upright, workboat-style cabin. This creates considerably more usable forward deck space than most boats of a

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