Halvorsen Freya 42

AU $95,000 Or nearest offer
Pre-Purchase Inspection
42' - 12.80m
Vessel Location
Sydney NSW
Launch Year
Hull Material
Steel Corten

MEROPS. A purpose built High Latitude sailing registered ship made of Corten Steel. A passion project by the original owner Michael Foley alongside Halvorsen's own Horst Diegnamm has created a one-off, unique and innovative sailing boat. Eccentric and ruggedly beautiful. This takes the Freya reputation for a fast and stable hull (the original Freya 39 won the Sydney to Hobart consecutively 3 times) and takes it up a notch for durability and the ability to take it into remote places, and all weather and seas. If you want to feel SAFE and seakindly, this is the boat for you.

This is the second owner. Unfortunately it has now become a Deceased Estate. As the partner of the late Louis Tillett, I am able to help with a handover, as we sailed and lived on MEROPS for years. I am offering it as is, where is, including the rare (and valuable) mooring license and apparatus in the exclusive Hunters Hill district, with a beach, dinghy storage rack and various Marinas, a Ferry wharf, 24 hour unlimited parking, and other services nearby.

Read the specs sheet, and go to the website and associated Facebook page for the full story and more photos. See presentation link PDF on ad.

If you are looking for something safe for your family, or indeed to sail to the higher latitudes this boat is a "boys own adventure" and a joy for a small family or crew with its spacious environment and flush deck area designed for safety at sea always, and thoughtful design features including an open plan with strategic portholes to avoid seasickness, and handholds throughout, among many other built in, well thought out features. They just don't make boats like this anymore. Due to its Corten steel build (anti rust and high strength properties), it is a rare low maintenance, go anywhere vessel with so many built in redundancies as to make it worth every cent. It is setup for short handed sailing, but can be sailed solo, with already installed configuration and a couple of minor, inexpensive upgrades suggested for the new owner.

You're buying a "ship" not a toy, and it is an Australian Registered ship meaning it has 64 shares of Equity (if you want to have a syndicate ownership), with continuous providence of seaworthiness, giving the owner/s the ability to sail it (and sell it) overseas without any problems, given it's special status. Australian Ship Registration number ON85291. And yes, it's possible to turn it into a Commercial/Survey vessel with some minor upgrades.

I have attached the survey from 2017 as a PDF. But please NOTE that there are quite a few errors in it due to this being a post-sale survey from a Deceased Estate, so there was some guesswork involved initially. However the spec sheets here are accurate and up to date, including upgrades that have been undertaken since 2017 when we bought Merops.

Again, so many thoughtful built in features, too many to list here... So it's a must read to see the spec sheets on the Survey page of the website www. Halvorsenfreya. Com. Come and see why Jon Amtrup (who wrote the High Latitude Sailing book) and Bob Perry (famous designer of Double Enders such as the Baba and Panda) are both genuine fans of our MEROPS. Just two of our longtime Facebook folllowers, many of whom are boat builders, surveyors, commercial skippers and engineers who have fallen in love with this unique vessel.

Regardless of whether I contract a broker to sell this boat, I will continue to remain accessible throughout the selling and handover process (and beyond) on the number and email shown here on the advertisement. As at 4/2/2024 I am painting the decks and completing the last of the cleaning and emptying of the vessel. It will be ready for viewing again from Monday 12 February 2024. I have recently added some short videos to give you an idea of the downstairs accommodation. See them at my YouTube channel https://youtube. Com/@user-yv6nh6kq7q?si=i2SiilkYyNPI6G DK.


AU $95,000 Or nearest offer   
Vessel Name
Launch Year
42' - 12.80m
17 tonne
Keel / Ballast
Full Cutaway Keel
Vessel Location
Sydney Nsw
New South Wales
Leisure, Cruising, Live Aboard
Rego Expiry
Horst Diegnamm and Michael Foley
Hull Material
Steel Corten
Decks Material
Corten Steel
33HP with Borg Warner Velvet Drive
Engine Make
Lister Petter
Number Engines
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
Max Speed
12 knots
Cruise Speed
8 knots
Bronze Fixed
1200 litres
1000 litres over 2 balanced tanks.
BIC Sportsyak 2.3m
Suzuki 5HP
Sail covers.
Aft Cockpit ¾ Enclosed Covers
Central Cockpit Cover
Roomy, warm and rustic with open plan to avoid seasickness. Handholds throughout. 2 main berths (doubles) and a sea berth.
Open plan
2 Doubles and a sea berth
TMC Electric
Sirroco Fans and portable aircon (5 amps)
Two stainless steel sinks. One for sea water and draining. The other for fresh water. Large drawer.
Small 3 Way Electrolux fridge.
Large Eutectic fridge/freezer.
Rodin Oven/Stove.
Hot Water
Perkins Gas Water Heater.
Ground Tackle
Safety Gear
All safety gear including Flares, Life Jackets for 4 Adults, Life Ring, Danbuoy, Safety Harnesses, 2 x EPIRBS, V Sheet, Emergency MOB LED Strobe Buoys
Recessed Stainless steel Steps and Handholds Port and Starboard, down to and under the waterline (see pics)
Bilge Pumps
2 x 24V 5000 ltr/hr (Fishing Trawler grade) Ruhle Bilge Pumps. One with Float Switch. One without.
Life Raft
Yes - two
Life Jackets
Yes - two
Fire Protection
Two fire extinguishers plus fire safety blanket
Dual system of 24 Volt and 12 Volt
240 Volt Shorepower with polarity switch for use in Foreign Ports
24V and 12V Alternators
200W 24 Volt Solar Panel with Smart Charger/Regulator
Aerogen 24 Volt Wind Generator
120W 12 Volt Solar Panel with MPPT Smart Charger
12V LED Lighting with optional Red Night Light settings
and 24V Lighting throughout

2 Separate Battery Banks
One for 12V System and Starter
Another for 24V System

Each Bank has 2 x 130aH AGM Deep Cycle Marine Batteries
The first bank is wired for 12 Volt - for Starting and Isolator Switch for all Internal LEDs and Accessories and Backup GPS and Radio

The second bank is wired in 24Volts for Primary Navigation Equipment, Radar (for a lower voltage drop on high amp usage equipment)

12 Volt Battery Bank NEW Nov 2020
24 Volt Battery Bank NEW April 2020
Electronics / Navigation
Furuno 24V 72nM Open Array Radar on Power Tower
Furuno Navnet C-Map 111 Chartplotter with integrated Radar (Colour Display Unit)
Furuno GP33 GPS Navigator linked to AP4 Coursemaster Autopilot (with Hydraulic Ram Drive)
Radar Reflector

GME VHF DSC Mounted Radio with External Speaker + Mic
Uniden Handheld VHF
Furuno HF Marine Radio with automatic attenuator (Antenna tuner)

Backup Radios:
Wagner HF Marine Radio with Manual Tuner and Preset Emergency Voice Calling Frequencies

Raymarine Depth Gauge in Cockpit (installed 2017)
Ultra-Heavy Duty Power Tower for All aerials, antennas, solar panel, and other electrics/electronic sensors and Nav lights, to save going up the mast.

Analog Navigation:
Cestrel Mounted Binnacle Master Compass on Helm
Internal Rubber Mounted Compass inside Companionway
Sail Inventory
Rolly Tasker Sails. Main, MPS Gennaker, Storm Main, Storm Headsail, Staysail, Hank on Jib, Storm Trisail, Headsail/Furling Genoa on Roller Furler (sail needs replacing). 2 x Spinnaker Poles.
Mast / Rigging
Cutter Rigged. All 1 x 19 Stainless Steel rigging wire.
No sign of rust. Age unknown.
4 x Arco Winches
2 x Malcolm Barlow Custom Silverstone 77 Winches on Mast
Alloy Mast and Boom
Allmast Roller Furling system fitted to Genoa
All running rigging, pulleys, etc in good condition
See survey for details
Deck Gear
All in good condition
Stainless Steel Permanent Rope Storage Box Central Cockpit
Hatches good condition
1 x 65 Pound CQR Anchor
1 x Large Admiralty (Storm) Anchor
1 x Custom Stainless Steel Folding Danforth/Grapple Anchor
2 x 30M lengths of close link chain
1 x 100M 12mm Nylon Anchor Rope (new)
2 x separate Hawse pipes for setting independent anchors
1 x Custom Fully Geared Manual Anchor Winch with Power Supply for optional Motor
1 x Large Burke Seabrake plus new Rope and Chain
5 x Large Stainless Steel Bollards Welded into Hull for secure tie off
A safe, low maintenance vessel with a Corten Steel hull that would cost over 250k to build nowadays. It is rust resistant and 40% stronger than mild steel. The boat has been built with various failsafe and simple systems to ensure that Remote Passage makers are never caught out.

Corten Steel - means no rust problems
It is 40% stronger than regular Mild Steel, and lighter, and employs the process of having a thin veneer of oxidization, such as Aluminium... That prevents rust

Ice Breaker (Crusher) Bow design

Custom Geared Anchor Winch with Power installed for adpating to a powered winch

All Stanchions/Granny Bars/Fittings custom made - hand engineered and welded to make them super strong for Antarctic Conditions

2 x Winches on the Mast - hand made by Malcolm Barlow in the 1960s especially for the Halvorsen brothers - and are from the ORIGINAL Freya (the 3 time Sydney to Hobart winner) - made from a Bronze/Aluminium Alloy to last forever. Magnus Halvorsen said they were the strongest winches he had ever seen, and never needed maintaining. These are referred to in the Maritim Museum. Only 6 were ever made. These are 2 of those 6.

Recessed Portholes Midships - can be opened for cross-ventilation

All Deck Hatches are 20mm Perspex, with Stainless Steel Housing.
Portholes and Companionway Doors are Armoured Glass

Oversized Dorade box for ventilation

No Condensation under all conditions

Insulated Hull

Handholds strategically placed everywhere

Rare Diesel Drip-wick Heater (Trawler style)

Custom Stainless Steel Detachable Chimney

Keel Cooling - reduces risk of salt water contamination or fouling through foreign objects such as plastic bags

Oversized Heavy Duty Custom Built Stainless Steel Sea Cocks

Recessed Steps (and Handholds) down to and under the waterline on Port and Starboard sides - to ensure one can ALWAYS get back on the boat. Very handy for alighting from or entering a Dinghy.

Sydney NSW

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