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R.V. Seòl Mara

Seol Mara SAMSDesigned in 1972, Seòl Mara is a 10.4m general purpose research vessel, well suited to use in confided upper reaches of sea lochs or shallow inshore waters.

She has a large open afterdeck (6m x 4m) with removable aft rail section (width 1.25m) to allow easy deployment of large gear or easy access of divers over the side. There is a bench area in the wheelhouse (1m x 0.6 m) for covered scientific working, and a covered dry hold area, which provides storage and mounting space for equipment, is accessible through a hatch (1.2m x 1.2m). There is a small galley and life-raft available.

Seòl Mara has capacity for 8 passengers and is operated by a crew experienced in scientific operations.

There are no sleeping facilities on board. Limited hot lunches and drinks are provided from a small galley.


  • Length: 10.4m (overall)
  • Beam: 4.1m
  • Working draft: 1.8m


Working equipment
  • Hydraulic A frame with SWL of 0.5 tonnes
  • Trawl winch: Spencer Carter triple barrel winch
  • 325m, 5mm dia. hydro wire
  • 325m, 8mm dia. trawl wire


Engine and power
  • Propulsion is provided by a Perkins Sabre diesel engine, developing 112 B.H.P. driving a single propeller and giving a maximum passage speed of 7 knots. Electrical power (240V AC, single phase, 6kW) is provided by a Beta Marine generator.

Navigation equipment
  • Magnetic compass
  • PC Based Chart Plotting System
  • Furuno GP-50 Mark 2 GPS Navigator
  • Racal Decca Navstar 2000
  • Furuno 2400Mk. 3 Radar with variable range marker
  • JMC Colour video echo sounder
  • Simrad EL Echo Sounder
  • Sailor MF communications Rx Type 104 Tx Type 121
  • Cellular phone
  • ICOM VHF Type M120
  • Euronav computer chart system
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T: +44 (0) 1631 559 362

Scottish Marine Institute

Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, UK

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