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The reason I ask this is because I always dreamed of doing this. We bought our first boat (the Merit 25) and tried an overnighter at the marina, and it was anything but relaxing.
Marinas are not the place to do an overnighter unless you have a decent sized comfortable boat with the creature comforts. I live at a marina, but my boat is my home. I have AC, tv, internet, stove, a fridge, all the comforts and plenty of space for me.

Think of your Merit as a camping trip vessel. Would you camp in your car in the driveway?

Find a destination and think of activities for when you get there. A nice day sail to your destination, swimming, a radio, booze(soda for the kids), good food, fishing, great view, quiet area with no one else around, watch the sun set, beach trip for the dog, etc. Maybe you can camp on the beach, or split it out with some in the boat and some on the beach.
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+1000 on keeping the boat tidy to maximize space and comfort. It's a challenge, because you dedicate some storage to safety gear and tools, then food and drink, and finally to personal gear. You have to put stuff away, as soon as your're done with it.
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Time at anchor is magic. Time in a marina is the pits.
The Last 4 years over 1300 days at anchor.
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"Hottest day of the year
• Had 2 adults, a 7 year old and a 40 lb dog (a very furry Husky)
• We can’t stand up in our cabin, the Merit 25 is a racing boat and the deck is low!
• I slipped in the companionway and almost broke my leg"

omg! I'd not even try that on my boat!

When I had my hunter 23 my son and I spent one night on it.... 3 months later I had a 30 footer! lol
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Time at anchor is magic. Time in a marina is the pits.
The Last 4 years over 1300 days at anchor.
So you spend less than 40 days per year not at anchor?
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On our 25 Catalina I have the salon set up so I can change it into a full size bed, which lies athwart ship. We have an Air- Bed that goes on top of that. This is very comfortable for overnighting, but then there is only the two of us.
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So you spend less than 40 days per year not at anchor?
Yep. Antifoul and fly home every 2 years. About 2 months in total on the hard for every other year the rest of the time anchored in some beautiful spot.
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25 footer

Wow a 25 footer!! thats a whole lot bigger than a16' wayfarer with three big guys and enough water for a five day passage. If you get tired ( rowing or hiking out for 12 hours will do it) sleep will happen wherever. We found on the foredeck lashed to the fairleads with legs either side of the mast. Only one at a time can sleep but being too hot was never a problem as wave action is much cheaper than A/C
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We moved aboard a sloop that I could not stand up inside of in 1972. We spent most of our first six months anchored out. We do have a larger boat now, but we still spend all our nights aboard unless we are away from home. I am more comfortable with the set of our vessel at anchor rather than often jerking on the lines at a dock and the ventilation is always better at anchor, but I don't have bad days at the dock. We don't really recognize any "downside" of spending our lives cruising and living aboard. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Merit 25 sleepover

We used to own a Merit 25 and have spent the night both anchored and at the dock. It's not the most comfortable boat. The Vee berth is actually really big but the low deck heigth cramps things up inside.

We now stay on our O'Day 27 just to be on the lake.
We mostly stay at dock because we have a little window a/c unit we set in the companionway.
The O'Day is such a different boat than the Merit. Only two foot longer but way bigger inside but slower and less responsive especially in light air.

If you have electricity at your slip you could try a little window unit. For your boat a 5000 btu would get it chilly at night even on the hottest days.

When the weather gets right a full day of kicking people butts in your little speedster and a night spent anchored in a nice cove will be what you dreamed of
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