Twin-tier windows bathe the salon in natural light and give everyone, whether seated or standing, a glimpse of the horizon. These, combined with the bar windows, help give the 541 an open feel and — sometimes sorely lacking aboard larger vessels — let you realize you are actually on a boat.
Meridian raised the forward area of the salon higher than the galley and dinette, creating a circular living room with light-color upholstery. In a nod to the jostling that can occur in rough seas, the furniture has all molded-fiberglass components that are structurally part of the deck, ornately designed to resemble residential couches and chairs.
The sleeping quarters are divided between three staterooms below. A full-beam master stateroom sits amidships, with a diagonally positioned queen berth. It has a full complement of shelves and hanging lockers, with the option for a desk and chair on the starboard side. With 6 feet 5 inches of headroom, most people will feel anything but confined below. The master suite has a private head with a tile floor, granite countertop and circular stand-up shower.
The bow VIP stateroom has private access to the guest head. The third stateroom sits opposite the guest head and features over-under bunks capable of sleeping people 6 feet 5 inches tall. Need more bunk space? The dinette in the salon drops down and has filler cushions to make a full berth, bringing sleep options to eight.
The new Carver 54 Voyage ($1,156,000 with twin 575 hp Volvo diesels) is another three-stateroom midrange cruiser that sleeps eight. The Carver is powered with Volvo or Cat diesel inboards, but it does have a choice of joystick controls — either the Carver docking system or the Xenta Systems joystick.
Overall, the Meridian 541 Sedan is a boat that will please those looking to have a blast with their friends and family every nautical mile of the way.
Comparable model: Carver 54 Voyage