Hannah Mae: Built for the North Atlantic

Constructed with advanced composite core material and outfitted with the latest machinery and technology, the Hannah Mae is setting the bar for the 64’11” vessel class.

Designed by TriNav Marine Design and constructed by A.F. Theriault Shipyard, Meteghan River, the Hannah Mae was built for the fishing enterprise Nova’s Finest of Digby County, for use in the dragger fishery.

“She’s strong, very strong,” said shipyard owner Gilles Theriault in an interview. “There is no wood in the construction at all. Advanced composite core material is a better method of construction because there is no wood to rot so this boat should last forever.”

The Hannah Mae “was the first vessel for us to design and build together,” said Rick Young, TriNav Marine Design’s Director. “We’ve always had a good working relationship with A.F. Theriault” adding it was a great partnership between the vessel owners, the builder and TriNav Marine Design, throughout the whole design and build process.

Young said the Hannah Mae is “kind of unique for that size boat. All advanced composite core constructed decks, bulkheads and houses and internal structure lends to the quality of boat.”

The Hannah Mae is the second vessel from that hull form, Young explained.

“The hull is a full displacement hull with efficient hull lines. The hull form is about as efficient you can get for that type of vessel.”

He added that the vessel is fitted with stabilizing fins on the hull to reduce roll. “That’s fairly common these days but a nice feature,” he said. “It has optimum loading characteristics. It loads really well in all operating conditions.”

The Hannah Mae meets all Transport Canada stability requirements for summer and winter fishing, Young noted. It is fitted with the latest machinery and technology that is compliant with all Transport Canada rules and regulations and pollution prevention regulations.

“The owners are reporting a high level of satisfaction with the vessel,” Young said.

Powered by a 990 HP Caterpillar engine package with Tier 3 technology to meet stringent emissions standards, the Hannah Mae has a holding capacity of over 150,000 pounds, Theriault said. The two main winches hold over 600 fathoms of 7/8” cable. The hydraulic system was designed by Pennecon.

The Hannah Mae can carry a crew of six. Construction of the vessel took more than a year. “We’ve got a dedicated, hard-working team of employees,” he said adding it was a pleasure working with TriNav Marine Design on the vessel and was thankful to Nova’s Finest for the opportunity to build it.

A.F. Theriault continues to be busy with multiple contracts including the construction of a number of 50-foot lobster fishing vessels and two cable ferries for the province for use in Cape Breton, Theriault added. “We will be busy all year,” he said.

The Nova Scotia shipyard has recently installed a new marine railway with a 1,500-tonne capacity and upgraded their boat trailer to a 100-tonne capability. A.F Theriault employees 190 tradesmen.

St. John’s-based TriNav Marine Design is one of Eastern Canada’s leading fishing vessel naval architecture firms.



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