Written by Jennifer Chesak | Photography by Steven J. Conway “Everyone’s life is an accumulation of events from the days when they were young,” Jerry Perkins says. Yes, he states the obvious, but Jerry’s unique on-water childhood is what ultimately led him to the well-appointed helm of his Meridian 441 Sedan, where the retiree relaxes with his wife, Jeanne, and their friends. “It has everything I like,” he says, “plus lots of modern, luxurious systems and options. We have been surprised at how often we have used the washer and dryer, for example.” The couple opted for the upgrade and even asked MarineMax Naples, their local Meridian Yachts dealer, to help them install a dishwasher. Other customizations include underwater lights below the swim platform, and a wood floor in the salon and galley, which gives the yacht an even sleeker interior and adds a home-like feel.