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Last updated: Monday, 28 November, 2016

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Bonny Blue bonny rover

The Bonny Blue was designed by Merritt Walter, to capture the ambiance of the 1920's style plumb stem inland waterway steamers. Renamed The Moonlight Lady and taken to Burlington, Vermont, she will be doing overnight trips on those famous waterways.

LOA 67' 0"
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Beam 20' 0"
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Passenger capacity 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bonny Roverbonny rover

Bonny Rover was built by Mac Makee and Dick Reynolds in Newport News, VA, in 1970 as a yacht for Merritt and Bonny Walter.  The couple lived aboard for fourteen years, before bidding farewell to the most favored and greatest sailing schooner of the Rover designs.

LOA 66' 0"
LOD 50' 0"
LWL 40' 0"
Beam 14' 0"
Draft 5' 6"
Displacement 46,000 lbs
Sail Area 1600 ft2
Passenger capacity Six-Pac

 

 

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Bonny IV Roverbonny 4 rover

Bonny IV Rover is the personal yacht of Merritt Walter.  She was the last schooner to be built by Rover Yachts Inc., many unusual feature that only a designer like Merritt would dare to incorporate.  She is a single masted schooner. Think of her as a staysail schooner with the foremast removed and all stays running to the main.

LOA 52' 6"
LOD 40' 6"
LWL 36' 0"
Beam 12' 10"
Draft 2' 6"
Displacement 24,000 lbs
Sail Area 876 ft2
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Steel Rebel (ex. Jadip) jadip rover

Owned by Chessy Briggs, grandson of the renowned late Cpt. Lane Briggs, for whom Merritt designed the famous sailing tugboat, the tugantine Norfolk Rebel.

LOA 38' 8"
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LWL 31' 7"
Beam 10' 8"
Draft 5' 2"
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Sail Area 737 ft2
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Merry Rover

merry rover

Merry Rover was a custom design for a New Jersey couple who never built her.  Along came Ron and Harriet Hale, a delightful couple who crewed on the Norfolk Rover, just for the experience in anticipation of a life afloat after retirement from the Navy.  The hull was built by Denis Schriber, and  finished by Brumitt Boats of Cobbs Creek ,Virginia.  She was launched in 1984. 

 

The present owner is unknown, although she was spotted in the spring of 2005 at a marina in Beaufort, South Carolina.

 

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Salty Dog Roversalty dog

The Salty Dog Rover is currently under construction for Captain Ward Walter of Rover Tours, owner of the tour boat Carolina Rover.  She is a modified Merry Rover design. Currently located near Georgetown, SC.

LOA 54' 0"
LOD 44' 0"
LWL 36' 0"
Beam 12' 6"
Draft 5' 0"
Displacement 33,000 lbs.
Sail Area 1000 ft2
Passenger capacity N/A

 

 

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Shantyshanty (ex Free Spirit)

Scott Rogers purchased the schooner Shanty, ex Free Spirit, from John Vining of Panama City, Florida, where she was built.  John was foreman on the schooner American Rover construction project for Marine Engineers also in Panama City.  Free Spirit sailed the Caribbean before relocating to Rebel Marine Services, Norfolk, Virginia, home of the schooners Jadip and Norfolk Rebel.

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LOD 44' 8"
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Beam 12' 6"

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Ula (ex Wounded Spirit)wounded spirit

Ula, Gaelic for " jewel of the sea", is a private vessel built from aluminum. She currently resides in the Caribbean.

LOA 34' 11"
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LWL 32' 6"
Beam 12 ' 6"
Draft 5' 6"
Displacement 30,460 lbs
Sail Area 801 ft2
Passenger capacity