:HEADER Merchant Maru R-EU12, TL 11, 500 tons, MCr 113.7
 
 :COMMENTS
Built on a 500-ton unstreamlined hull, the Maru-class Merchant is a reasonably-priced frontier trader. It is equipped with the Gayle Field type 52 jump drive, the Banshee Gravitics B1.8 maneuver drive, and the Karuniin E2+e power plant, giving performance of Jump-2 and 1G acceleration. Fuel tankage supports one jump and one month of operations. On the bridge is a Model/2 computer. There are five hardpoints, with three single turret beam lasers and two empty single turrets standard. One vehicle is carried: a 20-ton launch in its own hangar. Cargo capacity is 199 tons.

The Maru is a flexible design. Shipbuilders in especially troubled areas typically build hulls with a second layer of armor, and a little less cargo space. Owners will also change out the armament load.

The ship requires a crew of 3: Pilot/Astrogator, engineer, and a medic. A steward and gunners may be added. It can carry up to 14 passengers. There are 14 low berths.

Details: the upper deck contains the bridge, computer, low berths, and the bulk of the crew's staterooms. The lower deck houses the lounge and galley, the bulk of the passenger staterooms and the lifeboat.

:HISTORY

:DATA Vol No Label MCr Notes ----- -- ------------------------------ ----- ------------------------------ 500 Unstreamlined Hull 17 U 100 Jump Fuel (2 parsecs) 0 J2, 50t/pc 10 Plant Fuel (one month) 0 one month 5 Landing legs with pads 5 16 PowerPlant-2 (E) 16 P 2 30 Jump Drive-2 (E) 30 J 2 5 Maneuver Drive-1 (C) 10 1 G 0 AV=11. 1 Kinetic Plate 0 2 Computer M2 std 5 199 Cargo Hold Basic 0 3 3 Vd T1 Beam Laser 2 2 Life Support Long Term 2 40 person-months 1 Life Support Luxury 1 10 high passengers 1 Life Support Adaptable 1 10 sophonts 8 4 Crew Stateroom 0.4 1 crew 8 2 Crew Lounge 0 1 2 Crew Shared Fresher 1 4 crew 28 14 Standard Stateroom 1.4 1 passenger 28 7 Passenger Lounge 0 2 4 Shared Fresher 2 4 passengers 7 14 Low Berth 1.4 1 passenger 2 Clinic 1 2 Counsellor 0.2 20 Launch 16 10 Launch Hangar Overhead 0 2 2 AR T1 Empty 0.4 8 Standard Controls 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 500 TOTALS 113