Jun 9th 2008
More information about Maerin, the vessel.
Maerin is a 1999 43 ft. Solo Ocean Trawler.
Originally introduced as the Solo 43, Maerin is hull number 3 of about 45 produced to date, now under the Selene marque. It is a semi-displacement hull, design by Harvey Halvorsen. The Solo has a 7 knot cruise with up to 3,000 miles range, ballasted keel, bow thruster, cold plate freezer, commissary, washer/dryer, & mast/boom. Maerin is equipped with Wesmar Gyro active stabilizers. The Selene line of trawlers is enjoying a boom in popularity, and is fast gaining a reputation as one of the premier trawlers presently on the market. The Selene 53 in 2007, and the new Selene 44 in 2009, were awarded the coveted “People’s Choice” award at TrawlerFest in Solomon’s MD.
Maerin is set up to be totally self-sufficient for long periods of time. Those periods are defined by the capacities of fuel, water & waste, food storage, and of course the determination of those on board! Equipped with a full galley, there’s no need to “rough it” while cruising. There are two staterooms, both private, the master stateroom has an ensuite head with tub and there is a guest head with full shower. We have most of the amenities on board that we’re accustomed to having in our land-based homes, it’s just concentrated in a smaller footprint. Among those amenities you’ll find-
- 3 burner LP range/oven
- 8.5 cu. ft. Refrigerator/Freezer
- Frigoboat keel-cooled 2.5 cu. ft. cold plate freezer
- Double bowl stainless sink
- TV & Entertainment center w/surround sound
- Settee & table, bar stools
- Liquor cabinet
- Reverse cycle heat/A/C
- Commissary below with storage galore!
- Master stateroom with queen centerline berth, double hanging lockers, ensuite head w/tub
- Guest stateroom with over/under single berths, hanging locker
- Guest head with full shower
- Vacu-Flush toilet system (2)
- Splendide combo automatic washer/dryer
- Reverse cycle heat/A/C
- Storage galore!
Maerin is equipped with a full compliment of electronic navigation equipment, supplementing good old paper chart skills. Her helm is the nerve center while underway, and gives the helmsman an arsenal of information to aid in navigation and course-keeping. An on-board computer consolidates all the navigation data into the display that shows position, course, autopilot data, pretty much any data that is available from any of the connected electronics. The computer adds course planning functions, enabling a course to be planned from electronic charts. That course can then be activated, and the computer communicates the navigation of the waypoints of the course to the autopilot. The autopilot steers the course. Each change in direction by the autopilot requires confirmation from the helm.
On-board PC – XP pro running Coastal Explorer
Raymarine RL80C Radar/plotter/sounder
Raymarine 520 Plotter/GPS/sounder
Raymarine DSM250 Digital sounder
Raymarine S3G course computer autopilot
Raymarine 125 GPS
Raymarine RN300 GPS (redundant)
Raymarine RN300 GPS (stateroom anchor watch/display)
Raymarine ST60 Depth sounder (redundant)
Raymarine ST100 Wireless Remote autopilot control
Furuno PB150 Weather Sensor
Furuno RD-30 Display
Color Infrared rearview CCTV camera w/ 5″ console display
Alltech Camino-101 AIS Transponder
Horizon VHF 1 (Pilothouse) w/RAM mic on F/B
Horizon VHF 2 (Pilothouse) w/(2) RAM mic saloon & F/B
SeaTalk network with NMEA interface to VHF/PC
Actisense NDC-4 NMEA multiplexer
Bullet HP2 WiFi Bridge with external 10db omni antenna
3G/Cellular amplifier with external 10db omni antenna
Cradlepoint 3G/WiFi Wireless router for onboard internet access from an available wi-fi hotspot or Verizon 3G network via tethered cellphone.
The Pilothouse console also houses a bilge pump control panel to monitor five pumps, a high water alarm, sea water pump alarm, and engine status alarms. The main electrical panel is also housed in the pilothouse on the starboard side.
Deck & Other Equipment
Maerin’s Boat Deck serves as a storage area for the dinghy, a patio when the weather is nice, a vantage point while underway from the fly bridge, and work area when there’s just not enough room elsewhere! Maerin carries a 6-man AVON life raft on the upper deck. It is at the ready should things go wrong. It is regularly serviced and re-certified. Also on deck is our tender. A 10′ Caribe with 15 HP outboard, our tender is our utility vehicle, providing us with a quick means to get around while at anchor, go for supplies, sightseeing, and general transport to places where a small, quick boat is preferred. A 2nd spare dinghy is also stored below with a standby 4HP outboard. The distinctive mast & boom that are evident in every profile view, are functional equipment, as they provide the means to lift the tender from the deck to the water. Electric winches make the job easy, we usually have the tender launched within less than 15 minutes after we have our anchor set. The cockpit aft is equipped with a freshwater washdown hose.
Maerin carries two anchors on board. After dragging the knockoff Bruce anchor that was aboard at the time we got the boat, we decided that full time cruising warranted looking into a righteous anchor. On the recommendation of other Selene owners, we chose a ROCNA®. The Rocna® anchor has given us a higher level of confidence, and in the 4 years we’ve used it, we’ve never had it slip, slide, or drag. It sets quickly and securely. 400 ft. of chain provides us with plenty of capability, and our second anchor, a Delta Quickset, provides backup or additional holding if conditions dictate. Equipped with both fresh and seawater high pressure washdowns on the bow. A good night’s sleep “on the hook” is largely dependent on one’s confidence in the ground tackle.
Maerin is outfitted with a 12kW Westerbeke diesel generator, providing full electrical power for all shipboard requirements. Shore power is provided via fore/aft 240V 50A power connections. A 2.8kW Magnum full sine wave inverter provides noiseless 110V power from a 1200 AH 12V AGM battery bank. A second Freedom 30 inverter/charger provides additional charging capacity from genset or shore power. A 140A main alternator provides charging capability while underway, and enables use of 110V power without employing the generator. Climate control is maintained by reverse cycle heating & air conditioning systems with A/C capacity totaling 4-1/2 tons. The most recent addition to Maerin’s mechanical systems is a Village Marine Tec “No-Frills” watermaker, giving us the ability to make our own water. The watermaker has a capacity of about 18 gallons/hour, enabling us to supply enough water on board to do laundry, clean the boat, dive gear, and keep the dogs rinsed after a day on the beach!! We also carry 2 sets of SCUBA gear for diving.