For Serious Sailors, Adventure Seekers, and Blue Water Cruisers
Halvorsen Freya 42
NOW ON THE MARKET
Built by Michael Foley and Halvorsen’s own Horst Diegnamm
Unlike the Fibreglass production Freyas built in California, Merops was conceived and built in Australia with the assistance of the legendary Horst Diegnamm, thus having a direct connection to the Halvorsen family lineage.
The Original Freya 39
The ONLY Sailing Vessel to have won the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 3 times consecutively.
In the extreme weather of the Southern Ocean, the Main Rudder, attached to the Keel is locked to the Central position, using a mechanism on the steering pedestal/main Helm. The Wind Vane rudder or 3rd Rudder, is adjusted as per usual, with the Aerofoil pointed into the wind. And the middle Rudder can then be controlled from Below Deck with a Handle which can be operated from the safety of a Lounge. For course alterations around breaking waves, ice and other nasties, one can carry on steering without having to open the companionway and go out into the cockpit. There are several other steering systems below deck that will require a video or photographs at the very least to illustrate. But, in short, the vessel has a multitude of ways to be steered and operated from Below Deck whilst still keeping a Visual Lookout, and of course, using Electronic Navigation and Radar, which goes from 200 metres up to 72 Nautical Miles, (great for avoiding storm cells) .
Launch Year: 1985
Draft: 7 ft 3 inches (2.3m)
Beam: 11 ft 6 inches (3.6m)
LOA: 42 feet (12.8m)
Displacement: 17 tonne
This boat is not merely a copy of the legendary (multiple) Sydney to Hobart winner. It is a natural progression in the design’s evolution from the 39 foot double ender.