Head out into the Atlantic on the F/V Hard Merchandise!

The F/V Hard Merchandise is a 38ft Danielshead solid fiberglass Novi boat. We are not fast and fancy but we are efficient and we do catch fish. Captain Dave has a long history of supporting his family catching fish – the bottom line is if he doesn’t produce fish, he doesn’t pay the bills. So this, combined with the limited opportunity to do charters, results in one of the most exciting opportunities that you could have on a boat in your lifetime, in the inshore Gulf of Maine.

The boat is docked in historic Gloucester, Massachusetts, down at the famous Gloucester Marine Railways, which is the oldest still-working marine railway in the country.

If you have an interest in a charter, throw out your ideas and potential dates to Captain Dave and he can let you know the best times and availability for that time of year but please remember; we are a working fishing vessel so charter opportunities are very limited. Tails Up!

The Hard Merchandise is now booking charters for next season.

Check for Charter Availability on Calendar Below

Terms of Charters

  • WHO:
    6 person maximum allowed by law
  • WHEN:
    Cod and Haddock fishing trips are available April 15 through July 15
    Tuna trips are available June 1 thru July 15
  • COST:
    Cod and Haddock fishing trips:
    $1,500.00 for a 9 hour trip (6 person maximum)
    Clients keep all they catch on these trips. All fish will be filleted and bagged.
    Tuna fishing trips
    $2,000.00 for a 12 hour trip (4 person maximum)
    If the boat catches a giant tuna big enough to sell, clients receive 25% up to the price of trip.
    All trips require a 25% deposit within 2 weeks of booking to hold date.
    Full payment due 7 DAYS prior OR Cash DAY OF
    Everything except food and beverage. Captain Marciano will include ice, bait, rods and reels – but you’re welcome to bring your own gear.
    Customers are welcome to bring beer or wine. Hard Liquor is strictly prohibited.
    Your deposit is completely refundable until 14 days prior to the Charter Date. After 14 days prior, it is NON-REFUNDABLE, subject to circumstances.
    If the weather is bad, the charter will be rescheduled.

For more information on charters please email Captain Dave at

When the Hard Merchandise is not available for charters, please check out our friends at Kelly Ann Charters, Kathryn Leigh Charters, Karen Lynn Charters and the Gloucester Charter Connection

Visiting Gloucester for that Charter you booked? We recommend staying at Lisa's Lookout.