Boat and Captain

Transom Of The Sandra D Sport Fishing Boat

The Sandra D is new beautifully maintained 58' James Hudson built Steve French designed custom yacht with the traditional big Carolina offshore flare. She is extremely fast cruising at 30 knots with 40 knots as top speed utilizing her twin Cat C18's. She is a great rough weather boat designed to fish the unpredictable offshore waters of the Outer Banks. In 2013 Sandra D underwent a complete refurbish of the boat a seven month period at Craig Blackwell’s. Mechanically we installed new Caterpillar C18 (1050hp) each that will get her to a top speed of 40 knots and cruise at 30. She has a new Onan 21KW gen set, new water maker, all new AC units, new Ekimo ice chipper, all new pumps and wash down system.

We installed a new Garmin depth/fish finder and GPS. She has all new power steering system and new rudders. She also has a new beautiful 130# class fighting chair with 6 rod rocket launcher and new Krystal electric reels to pull triple dredges. There is new mezzanine seating with extra padding and new teak floors with fully insulated bait and fish boxes.

She was coated with 9 coats of Awlgrip on the hull and fly bridge. She has all new custom bridge curtains and new cushions and an extra new helm chair next to the captain’s chair. To round out the refurbish we added new Shimano reels to complement our Avet's and installed a new Flexiteek deck.

The inside is incredible with reconfigured new mahogany woodwork, new leather sofas, custom granite counter tops, sub zero freezers and refrigerators, big screen TV and new Bose sound system. She has plush carpets with teak and holly on parts of the salon and galley.


Interior Of Sandra D Boat
Interior Of Sandra D Boat
Interior Of Sandra D Boat
Sandra D sportfishing's Flexiteek Deck
Captain Mike Merritt
  • Captain Mike Merritt

    A longtime private and charter boat captain, Capt. Mike Merritt has been fishing the waters of the Outer Banks for nearly 46 years along with exotic locations throughout the world. Previous owner and captain of the famed Billfisher charter boats Mike is one of the many pioneers of charter fishing on the Outer Banks. He is one of the most experienced captains in the OBX and has decades of travel experience fishing in Bermuda, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

    He is a Coast Guard certified captain with countless hours on the water and thousands of billfish released to his credit. Mike caught the 958 lb fish that was one of the giant four blue marlin caught in Oregon Inlet in the late 90's during the month of August.

    Big game sportfishing tournaments are Mike's specialty. He has competed in tournaments all over the world with over 15 recorded first place wins, along with countless leader board placements.

    We would like to invite everyone to come and spend a day with Capt. Merritt and crew on the Sandra D. You will learn about the rich North Carolina fishing heritage and enjoy a sport fishing experience you will not soon forget!

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