Spirit of the Sound specifications

Owner/Operator: Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk (Conn.)
Designer: Incat Crowther, Belrose, Australia
Construction manager/Integrator: Alternative Marine Technologies, Stamford, Conn.
Builder: Robert E. Derecktor Inc., Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Interior: Carol Williamson & Associates, Portland, Ore.
Dimensions: L: 63’ B: 21’ D: 4’ (4.3’ loaded)
Mission: Research vessel
Crew size: Three (captain and mate; public educator serves as deck hand)

Aluminum catamaran

Maximum speed: 12 knots
Cruising speed: 4 to 6 knots 

(2) BAE HybriDrive engines
Hale propellers
Hybrid system: Corvus Energy AT6500 lithium polymer batteries (seven per side)
Shore power system: McKay marine electrical

Northern Lights/BAE HybriDrive

Fuel: 320 gallons
Fore deck: 140 square feet (3,500 pounds)
Aft deck: 300 square feet (7,500 pounds)
Classroom: 320 square feet

Muir SD150 drum winch, bollard pull 2,220 pounds
HHP anchor, 300 feet of Spectra Rope line
Muir SD100 windlass
Muir SD100 A-frame
(2) Seachoice 1300Ma solar panels

System integrator: L&L Electronics
Furuno TZT14 touch display GPS/radar MFD display
Furuno GP330B GPS sensor
Furuno FA50 AIS transponder
Furuno DRS6A open array radar antenna
Furuno PRU012 radar power supply
Furuno BBDS1 black box sounder with bottom DSC
Furuno CA50/200-12M transducer
Furuno MB1100 transducer matching box
Furuno HUB101 Ethernet data hub
Furuno NAVpilot 700 autopilot
Depth/speed/wind instrument package: Furuno F150DSW
Icom M504 VHF radio
Syrens MPAPX 5085 Wi-Fi hotspot booster system

(4) Fireboy MA-2 fixed engineered fire extinguishing systems

Unclassed; certified under U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T

By Professional Mariner Staff