Highwind For Sale!

Update: SOLD!

Loop-experienced 2004 Meridian 408 (aft-cabin motoryacht), with included 2019 AB Mares VSX dinghy, ready to set off on the Great Loop again today.  We made it the perfect boat for remote tech workers in the northwest: redundant boosted internet, lots of solar and battery capacity, and efficient laptop chargers.  Lots of electronics and sensors to keep you safe and informed while under way, docking, or anchored.  Stay independent of marinas if you want, with a large Anchor and bridle setup, tons of solar to keep you topped off, and a super easy automatic watermaker setup to boot.  We worked full time while still doing over 5000 miles on the boat in the last 10 months.  Everything works, we are pedantic about it, and the boat comes with a ton of spares to keep you on the move.

Selling the boat due to upgrading to a larger catamaran to continue our adventures, but this boat is an unbelievable opportunity for the right buyers.

Due to the lack of built-in air conditioning, we’re sending it back to the northwest, where we’ll also remove the built-in table and lower-helm-mounted heat pump unit and restore the couch and lower helm to stock. If you want either of those things to stay, please reach out to us before the boat arrives, as we’ll be immediately having someone change everything out. 🙂

Location: Anacortes, WA (Currently being transported — ETA April 28th)

Price: $235,000

Contact: deregtd@outlook.com or 206-276-0433


Videos from Highwind’s Adventures:

(crossed over to the fort with the Dinghy being sold with Highwind, anchored in the little inlet)

Big Ticklist of Stuff:


  • 2004 Meridian 408, Aft-Cabin Motoryacht
  • LOA: 42′
  • Beam: 14’4″
  • Draft: 3’10”
  • Weight (spec): 29k lbs


  • Twin Cummins 330 6BTA-M3 Diesel Motors
  • Port: 1427.8 hrs
  • Stbd: 1420.3 hrs
  • Two diesel tanks totaling 330 gallons
  • Oil and fuel filter relocations into the maintenance tunnel for easy replacements
  • Reverso quick oil change system
  • Actisense electronics conversion making engine data available on chartplotters
  • Fuel flow meters for showing/tracking fuel consumption on chartplotters
  • 1000 hr maintenance completed
  • Turbos rebuilt 2019 (preemptively)
  • New raw water pumps 2020 (replaced with Seaboard marine SMX upgrades)
  • New coolant pumps 2020
  • Aftercoolers and heat exchangers flushed 2019
  • Tons of spares: raw water pump, alternator, coolant pump, belts, oil for full oil change, several changes’ worth of oil and fuel filters, impellers, etc.


  • 9kw Onan Diesel inside SoundShield
  • 810.9 hrs
  • Reverso quick oil change system
  • Impeller replaced mid 2020


  • 2019 AB Mares VSX 10.5” Fiberglass Console Dinghy, Hypalon fabric
  • 2019 Tohatsu 30hp motor, tilting
  • Seawise hydraulic davit system (secure system that keeps dinghy vertical)
  • 7” chartplotter with depth sounder and integration with engine electronics for RPMs/fuel rate on the chartplotter
  • Hidden GPS tracker for theft mitigation
  • Custom canvas console cover

Navigation Electronics:

  • Upper helm chartplotters upgraded 2020 –  12” Garmin 1242xsv main unit, 9” Garmin 942 engine display in between gauges
  • Fantom 24 solid state radar installed 2020
  • Raymarine Evolution Autopilot
  • Garmin forward-facing sonar installed 2020
  • Garmin separate networked depth sounder
  • Raymarine isolated depth sounder system with display
  • Garmin AIS installed 2018
  • Searchlight w/motorized swivel
  • Garmin camera on port side
  • iCOM DSC-supporting radio at upper helm with remote in salon
  • Trim tab sensor to show positions on chartplotter
  • Adjustable tablet mount next to 12V socket for your Navionics/Aquamaps pleasure 


  • Rocna 25kg anchor on 275 ft of chain and 100 ft of rode
  • Spare plow anchor secured under front berth for emergencies
  • Mantus bridle system
  • Salt water washdown front/rear
  • Bow thruster – Brand new and upgraded 2020
  • Stern thruster
  • Thruster remote control system
  • Large integrated fiberglass swim step storage box


  • Spectra fully automatic watermaker (Catalina 340C) installed 2020: 12V, 14 GPH, with z-Ion add-on, so it will automatically fresh-water-flush once a month for you if you don’t use it more often than that – tons of spare filters, pickling and cleaning supplies, etc.
  • 90 gallon fresh water tank
  • Whole-boat fresh water filter + UV system — drink the shower water if you want
  • New fresh water pump and accumulator setup installed 2020
  • Water heater integrated into port motor cooling loop — arrive from your cruise with hot water!
  • TankEdge Digital fresh water and holding tank level sensor system


  • Two heads, each with toilet, sink, and shower
  • Vacuflush toilets
  • New 51 gallon holding tank installed 2019 with improved venting (addressing the known Meridian 408 design weakness)
  • Converted to locking Y-valve pumpout system, passed coast guard inspection Jan 2021


  • Lifeline batteries all around, new 2020 — 600Ah house capacity, four 3100T batteries for starting/thrusters
  • 1000 watts of solar panels, half installed 2019 other half 2020 (we liked it and wanted more)
  • Magnum 2800W true sine wave inverter
  • Shunt battery meter to show state-of-charge % on the Magnum display
  • Automatic Generator Start system — on anchor just have it start/stop at battery % levels, with quiet hours, and you don’t even have to think about it anymore


  • Peplink Transit Max Duo Router (2 modems and 4 SIM slots)
  • 2 Poynting antennas for 2.4/5ghz wifi signal boosting at marinas or on anchor
  • 2 Poynting antennas for LTE signal boosting – had working internet 20 miles offshore
  • Access point inside boat for wired or wifi network access


  • Boat has full lower helm
  • Flybridge and cockpit have complete custom canvas + isinglass enclosure, new 2019
  • Magma infrared grill on railing, new 2020, with propane canister in vented cabinet nearby with SS line to quickly hook up for grilling, lasts months, with Magma cover
  • Mediterranean propane 3-burner stove and oven, with dedicated propane canister and safety solenoid system
  • Custom L-shaped couch for salon area by Sea Marine Furniture – has comfy pull out bed and in-seating storage (held ~50 padded bottles of wine and more)
  • Hydraulic high/low folding wood salon table
  • Cockpit has wooden double-folding table — seats 2 with one half out, quickly fold it away for Yoga time in the cockpit, or open it fully to (cozily) seat 8 with the included padded folding chairs
  • Samsung convection microwave, new 2019
  • Dometic CFX3 100L powered cooler wired into boat, new 2020
  • Norcold dual-power (AC/DC) vertical fridge/freezer combo
  • Espar diesel heat system — super-efficient heating across all rooms that keeps the boat toasty well below freezing outside
  • 32” Vizio Smart TV, new 2019, integrated into salon sound system, with Blu-Ray player
  • 12V sockets installed all over the boat for device charging
  • Apollo Fusion radios upper and lower, networked, installed 2020
  • Clarion subwoofers upper and lower
  • New exterior speakers 2017
  • Sirius antenna on hardtop
  • Complete LED light conversion
  • Custom carpet on all enclosed exterior flooring
  • Sun mats/pads for bow area
  • Covert keypad safe
  • Tons of spares: Macerator, fresh water pump, shore power cables/adapters, fluids, fittings, etc.