Sloep Boats

Exploring the water since 2003

Shelter Marine is a boutique boat building company specialising in uniquely designed and custom crafted vessels. Our passion for boats and the water is reflected in our designs and workmanship. In 2016 we designed and developed a European Sloep / Sloepen, christened ‘Merlin’.  Being active boaters we found this style boat not only aesthetically pleasing but extremely practical.  Anyone looking for a water sport boat that can also offer luxury cruising for large families will love our Merlin’s.  She is perfect to turn any water way into your personal playground, with the added bonus of being completely eye-catching and unforgettable.

A modern take on a classic boat

Made from premium high-tech fiberglass materials and workmanship to ensure the final result remains pretty much maintenance free whilst satisfying the unique vintage design. A strong emphasis on engineering to maximise the driver experience, as well as style and comfort.  It incorporates the socialising aspect of a large cruiser and the power of a speed boat.  Our Merlin’s are bespoke and we encourage customers to be a part of the build process. You can choose  the colour of the hull, cushion sets and other optional extras that will reflect your personality and make the Merlin uniquely yours.

Key Features


Classic design
Inspired by the famous European sloep boat, that has classic ‘vintage’ lines.

Spacious deck
Comfortably carry 12 passengers with sufficient storage space to spend the entire day out on the water.

We offer a tailor made approach to clients when selecting the finer details of their Merlin.

Sea going (Cat E)
Along with dual motor application, her hull design makes for a comfortable and safe excursion out to sea on a good day.

Supremely crafted
Our pedantic style of building is usually taken to the point of being obsessive.  You can be assured the final product is as close to perfection as you can get.

Like any deck boat her size, she is easy to trailer


– Length 24.9ft | Beam 8.2ft
– Weight 1.4ton
– Draft up 0.4m | Draft down 0.60m
– Engines: Petrol | Fuel capacity: 95lt
– Certificate: Category R & E
– Max person: 6 on Cat E | 12 on Cat R

– Top speed: +/- 23knots with 2 x Big foot 60hp motors

– Marine vinyl
– Blue tooth radio
– Storage space
– LED floor lighting
– Aluminium bimini with canvas
– Dual battery smart switch
– Trailer

– Floor plans to choose from
– Large bow deck
– Moulded gunwale & benches
– Custom cushion sets
– Stainless steel rails & engine mount
– EVA foam deck flooring
– Unique designed centre console

– Braai
– Fishing rod holders
– EVA decking (not foam)
– Anchor
– Hardtop bimini
– Electronics (GPS / Fish finders)

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