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Jeff Merrill joins the FPB family as West Coast USA FPB Ambassador


Berthon is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Merrill as Ambassador for the FPB Brand on the West Coast of the USA with immediate effect.

Jeff Merrill is a successful and well known broker in the area who specialises in the sale and purchase of trawler yachts. He has been in the yachting business for 35 years and is the go to contact for owner operator clients searching for offshore adventure.

Berthon is the worldwide marketing agent for the FPB Programme.

FPBs are designed by Dashew Offshore and built by Circa Marine in New Zealand. Outstanding, go anywhere explorer motor yachts with huge range, proven sea keeping, recovery from capsize and advanced solar array energy capture systems. New FPBs are available in three sizes 70, 78 and 97.

Currently there are 13 FPBs at sea, with a further 4 in build. FPB 78#2 launches in April.

Sue Grant of Berthon commented –

We are delighted to welcome Jeff to the FPB team. His understanding of the exceptional qualities and abilities of FPB will enable him to offer us increased visibility on the West Coast of the USA which is a very important area. His experience and knowledge of the market place is a big plus.

Said Jeff Merrill –

Steve and Linda Dashew are a legendary cruising couple whom I have admired for decades. It is a huge honour to work together with them on this team. Visiting the Circa yard in New Zealand convinced me of the construction quality and craftsmanship. Berthon has done a wonderful job in promoting these extraordinary yachts. Until you have gone offshore in an FPB you will not be able to fully appreciate the exceptional design – every detail has been considered and optimized. I look forward to introducing more clients to this remarkable product and can’t wait to get underway.


Notes to editors:

Berthon market the FPB Programme worldwide and have offices in the UK, France and in the USA. Contact them for high resolution imagery of the FPB fleet and also for further information about the range.

Sue Grant – Email: – Tel no: 44 (0) 1590 679222

Steve and Linda Dashew of Dashew Offshore are responsible for the FPB Programme and these extraordinary yachts are built as a result of their vast and unique experience of blue water sailing. Please visit for further information.

Circa Marine are the home of FPB and are situated in Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand and build the FPB range. So far there are 11 FPB 64s, an FPB 83, an FPB 97 cruising the world’s oceans, an FPB 78 with 2 more in production and 2 FPB 70s under construction.

Circa Marine – Email:

Jeff Merrill grew up in a boating family and has raced sailboats of all sizes his entire life including competing in the1987 America’s Cup trials in Perth, Australia. In 2011, Jeff served as Commodore of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA.

As a business man, Jeff’ has worked in the marine industry for over 3 decades He enjoyed 14 years at PAE/Nordhavn highlighted by crewing on the record breaking Nordhavn 40 Around the World (ATW) trip. A frequent traveller he has met with clients all over the world and regularly visited the Nordhavn construction yards in China and Taiwan. Jeff was the top Nordhavn salesperson for several years.

In 2014, Jeff formed JMYS to share his experience with a wider range of trawler enthusiasts. A renowned trawler specialist, Jeff has spent time aboard thousands of different trawler models and sold hundreds of new and used cruising sailboats and trawlers. His confident approach and friendly, low key sales style has created close friendships with his many repeat clients.

An accomplished author, he pens a popular series of “Dialing-In-Your-Trawler” articles for Ocean Navigator magazine. Since 2001, Jeff has been a regular presenter at the PassageMaker magazine TrawlerFest events around the US.

Jeff is a CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker) and holds his yacht broker’s license in California and Florida. Jeff served as president of the CYBA (California Yacht Brokers Association) for two years in 2015 and 2016.

Jeff’s enthusiastic personality, attention to detail, competitive drive, product knowledge and follow up skills has created an increasing demand for his services. Jeff is well known as a client advocate, a broker whose clients trust implicitly.

Jeff and his wife Pam race a Lido 14 sailing dinghy when they are home in California. Their two children, Elle and Jonn, also have a passion for water activities.

Jeff Merrill – Email: – Tel. no: 1 949.355.4950

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Sue Grant
Tel: 01590 679222