The 43' Merritt is widely recognized as the iconic sportfishing boat. With her clean and uncluttered looks, large and functional cockpit, simple layout and excellent maneuverability, the 43 is a game-fishing weapon for the world's oceans when in the hands of top crew, which most of them were. With only 11 ever built, the 43s hold many records, including the men's All-Tackle Atlantic and Pacific blue marlin records, the women's All-Tackle Atlantic blue marlin record, and the record for most giant bluefin tuna taken by trolling in one day. The bluefin trolling record was set by Capt. Buddy Merritt aboard the Caliban in Newfoundland in 1968, only to be broken by the last 43 ever built, Capt. Cookie Murray's Cookie Too in the mid-1980s.