Nordhavn to Expand Coastal Pilot Series with 59CP

Nordhavn to Expand Coastal Pilot Series with 59CP

Two years after it launched the 52CP, Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE) has announced a larger addition to the new semi-displacement lineup of Nordhavn yachts — the 59 Coastal Pilot (59CP).  The Coastal Pilot boats are a little more than half the displacement of  a similar full-displacement boat, and sport top speeds up to 20 knots.  PAE says they represent not only a good way for the company to expand the demographics of its high-end customer base, but as transitional boats for people moving into or out of the full-displacement bluewater ocean-crossers that make up the original Nordhavn line.  Jim Leishman, PAE vice president, said, “This is the perfect type of vessel for anyone with dreams of extended cruising that don’t involve ocean crossings — for instance, an Alaska-to-Maine itinerary.”

Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot rendering.  Image courtesy of PAE.

Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot rendering. Image courtesy of PAE.


How is the Coastal Pilot series different?

They are lighter. The 59CP has a design displacement of about 71,000 lbs., which compares to the full-displacement Nordhavn 60 at 130,000 lbs. Obviously, the ocean-crossing N60 needs to carry much more in the way of fuel and other consumables.  To be honest, the two yachts are not really that comparable since the N60 is fully 4′ longer and a foot wider in beam.

They are faster.  It’s probably obvious, but with less hull in the water and with two engines standard, cruising and top speeds are going to be higher.  A full-displacement hull is normally limited in top speed mainly by the length of the hull (longer hulls go faster).  The N59CP will reach about 20 knots at top speed, while an N60 is just about 10 knots.

They are designed for coastal cruising.  A number of factors contribute to this quality.  From the captain’s perspective, draft, speed and range all contribute.  The higher cruise speeds mean more destinations within reach during shorter time spans.  The significantly shallower draft — only 4′ 2″ on the 59CP — mean that much more gunkholing and close-in island anchorages are accessible.  The Bahamas, for example, become much more interesting in a luxury yacht with that kind of shallow draft.  The range (at lower cruising speeds) is up to 1,000 miles.

They are sedan and express cruiser designs.  Nordhavn full-displacement yachts are raised pilothouse designs, intended to provide appropriate isolation from the normal distractions of the living spaces, particularly during night time watches on extended passages. In coastal cruising, however, night passagemaking is much less often a requirement and the single-deck design on the main level means the watchstander can be part of the family dinner discussions.  Here’s a link to the Nordhavn 52CP, the first boat announced in this new Coastal Pilot series.

How are the Coastal Pilot Yachts similar to other Nordhavns?

They are the same quality, which is certainly at least equal to the best in the entire industry.  That includes the substantive areas of mechanical and electrical systems, as well as the cosmetics of furnishings, surfaces, cabinetry and household appliances. Nordhavn mechanical and fuel systems are known for their offshore reliability and simple concepts like a sight glass for the fuel tank demonstrates the safety mindset of the designer.

They are as safe.  The N59CP will carry a “CE – Category A” unlimited offshore rating, which ensures the highest levels of seakeeping and strength.  There isn’t a boatbuilder around that knows more (or maybe even as much) about safe cruising as PAE  In fact, 2014 is the 10th anniversary of the famous “Nordhavn Atlantic Rally (NAR),” which saw a fleet of Nordhavns cross the Atlantic non-stop.

General Configuration

The Nordhavn 59CP is an express-style cruiser with a single main deck that includes the raised aft cockpit, salon, galley and helm area. The design features a roomy flybridge with seating for 12 people and plenty of room on the aft portion for a tender.  The lower deck features a VIP guest stateroom forward and a massive master stateroom amidships. There is a three-stateroom option with twin upper and lower bunks that takes a bit of room away from the master.

Also on the lower level, there is a large utility room at the landing of the stairs from above.  It includes the separate Bosch washer and dryer along with a deep freezer chest.  The main stateroom aft of this landing is isolated from the engine room farther aft by two bulkheads, with the fuel tank in between.  There should be no problem of noise and vibration in the master stateroom emanating from the standard twin Cummins QSM11 diesels.

The Specifications

These are the preliminary specifications as provided by PAE:

  • Twin Main engines: Cummins QSM11, 715 BHP ZF335 IV with 2.458: 1 reduction x 2
  • Exhaust system by Marine Exhaust
  • Delta T engine room ventilation including moisture eliminators and raised intake and outlets
  • Bow thruster: Side Power 11 hp, 24 volt
  • Trim tabs: Bennett Premium BXT system
  • AC Generator (located in E/R): 21.5kw Onan with sound shield and gensep exhaust
  • Onan 21 KW generator with sound enclosure
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering system
  • Fresh water pressure pump: 120VAC Headhunter Mach 5
  • Grohe fixtures in all sinks and showers
  • Tecma Silence Plus toilets in heads
  • Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioning and heating throughout
  • Self contained air conditioning units for each area
  • 110/240 60 hz electrical system with 3,500 watt inverter and by pass system
  • 24 volt electrical with 8×255 amp hour Lifeline (AGM) batteries for house and engine starting with separate generator starting batteries
  • 24 volt battery and DC system
  • Deluxe galley appliances including:
    • Bosch 800 Series stainless refrigerator in galley
    • GE Café Series 30″ electric cook top and oven
    • GE Café Series convection microwave with exhaust blower
    • GE Café Series dishwasher
    • Separate U-Line freezer in laundy room
  • Separate Bosch washer and dryer
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Muir “Jaguar” 3500 lb. windlass 24VDC horizontal
  • Deluxe Imtra self parking windshield wipers
  • Kallenburg horn
  • Tempered glass frameless windows
  • Custom fiberglass exterior doors
  • Thirteen opening ports
  • Steelhead Marine WD Series davit, 800 lb. lifting capacity with 8′ reach

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North Pacific Yachts 43 is a Value Leader in Pilothouse Yachts

North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse at Annapolis Powerboat Show 2010

North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse at Annapolis Powerboat Show 2010

When I first wrote about the North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse in March of 2009, I thought the model represented a good value for families looking for a roomier vessel to cruise on with the kids. On seeing the boat again at this year’s Annapolis Powerboat Show, I’d like to expand that view to mark the 43 as one of the best values around for anyone looking to cruise coastal waters on a yacht roomy enough to spend a summer aboard. I took the photos you see here at Annapolis and there’s a link below to some more expansive photo galleries of the boat.

Click on Picture for Larger view of Dual Capstan Anchor Windlass Standard on North Pacific 43

Dual Capstan Anchor Windlass Standard on North Pacific 43

An enormous amount of first-rate equipment is standard on the NP 43; everything from the 5kW Northern Lights generator to Racor filters for engines and gennies. The boat comes with a single Cummins 230 QSB, but will take up to a single Cummins 435 QSB or twin Cummins 380 QSB engines. Frankly, the standard engine will drive the boat nicely in the 8.5 knot range, topping out around 10 knots.  If you are in a warmer climate, you’ll want to install A/C and upsize the genny to a 9kW Northern Lights model.  See the rest of the options here.

Click on Picture for Larger View of Helm Aboard the North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

Helm Aboard the North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

With a base price of $399K, you are getting a boat that is well-made, with a lot of normally optional equipment standard. The beautiful teak interior is standard. All you really need to do is add the appropriate climate-control capabilities if you will be in extremely hot or cold locales. The boat has a standard Espar D5LC diesel forced-air furnace for heat, and two 16K BTU air conditioning/heat units good for everywhere north and south of say, 30 degrees of latitude.

Click Here for Larger view of Salon of North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

Salon of North Pacific Yachts 43 Pilothouse

Electronic equipment represents about the only major group of items that need to be added to the standard equipment. The factory can install Raymarine equipment; other brands can be installed aftermarket. Trevor Brice, the president of NPY, says East Coast U.S. deliveries involve a higher delivery charge, but you will get the full attention of an NPY commissioning crew for your new yacht.

Here are a couple of extensive photo galleries of the NP 43 that you might like to peruse.

North Pacific Yachts 43 Galley 3

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North Pacific Yachts 43 Galley 3

North Pacific Yachts 43

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North Pacific Yachts 43

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

First North Pacific 38′ Sedan Delivered to North America

First North Pacific Yachts 38' Sedan Begins Sea Trials

First North Pacific Yachts 38' Sedan Begins Sea Trials

North Pacific Yachts said it has delivered the first NP38 Sedan to a North American customer. The boat was on display at last week’s Seattle Boat Show after arriving on 16 January from the shipyard in China.  We have the first photos of the NP38, both during initial sea trials in China and as she was being unloaded in Vancouver last month.

North Pacific Yachts CEO Trevor Brice said the company is pleased with how the first two boats turned out.

The NP38 exceeded our expectations; wider and longer than its predecessor we were able to add a lot of nice features. The NP38 will fit a niche market for people looking for a classic look with modern, quality construction at an affordable price. The market now offers either very high priced new Sedan style yachts or very old yachts on the used market. I think this will give people a good alternative.

The NP38 was derived from the classic CHB 34/36 trawler, but is 10 inches wider and 2 feet longer, which makes for wider walk-around decks, a  17-fot-long long salon and more space and privacy in the stateroom. There is also an option for a second stateroom. 

The NP38 is powered by a single Cummins 230 QSB diesel, and will cruise economically (3 gph) at 8 knots, with a top speed of 10 knots. North Pacific includes many typically optional features as standard equipment on its yachts. The NP 38 Sedan is equipped with a bow thruster, 3000 watt inverter/charter, 160 amp alternator, diesel hydronic heating, dual Racor filters, oil change system, both sea and fresh-water washdowns, and anchor and windlass package.

The first hull was delivered to a buyer in Australia and this first North American hull has also been sold. Brice says he’s optimistic about more near-term sales, given the feedback from the Seattle Boat Show.

Incidentally, the NP28 “pocket trawler” will soon be available for Florida showings at the  new home in Tampa for hull 2802. Contact NPY if you’re interested in seeing this affordable and trailerable cruiser.

You can see more images of the NP38′ Sedan and the other North Pacific Yachts trawlers at our Image Gallery Page for NPY here.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Industry News, Passagemaking News, Powerboats

Jet Tern Marine Announces Selene 86 Ocean Explorer

Artist's Rendering of the new Selene 86 Ocean Explorer -- Courtesy of Jet Tern Marine

Artist's Rendering of the new Selene 86 Ocean Explorer -- Courtesy of Jet Tern Marine

Jet Tern Marine this week announced the first in a new series of luxury motoryachts — the Selene 86 Ocean Explorer.  The new yacht is the result of a collaboration between Howard Chen and his design team along with Dutch naval architect Guido de Groot. Construction of the molds for the new yacht has begun and hull number one is expected to be completed in time to debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September of 2011.

Artist's Rendering of the new Selene 86 Ocean Explorer -- Courtesy of Jet Tern Marine

Artist's Rendering of the new Selene 86 Ocean Explorer -- Courtesy of Jet Tern Marine

Here’s how Jet Tern describes the boat in their press release:

The Selene 86 resembles her sisterships in that the design features a raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, and bulbous bow. However, this new model has more contemporary exterior lines as well as the addition of large side windows in the hull and stainless steel anchor pockets which is a departure from other Selene models. The blend of the traditional full displacement hull with modern design details and interior appointments qualify the new Selene 86 Ocean Explorer as a true luxury long range yacht.

Inside, the Selene 86 boasts four staterooms each with an en suite head. Though this boat could be handled by a couple thanks to sophisticated systems, crew quarters are integral to the design. Jet Tern anticipates that the Selene 86 will appeal to existing Selene owners who have expressed interest in a larger Selene model with more of a luxury yacht feel. The company expects the design to be popular in the European and charter markets as well. Selene Europe dealer Mark Seaton says, “The Selene 86 easily competes with yachts built at the finest European yards and we look forward to discussing this new design with clients at the Dusseldorf Boat Show, Jan. 23-31.”

The Selene 86 Ocean Explorer is designed to carry 4,000 U.S. gallons of fuel and cruise comfortably at 10 knots with a top speed of 13 knots; tank tests are under way and Jet Tern describes the boat as very fuel efficient for her class. Standard power will be supplied by twin Cummins QSM11 610hp engines and sophisticated fuel polishing and fuel monitoring systems are also standard features.

Artist's Rendering of the new Selene 86 Ocean Explorer -- Courtesy of Jet Tern Marine

Artist's Rendering of the new Selene 86 Ocean Explorer -- Courtesy of Jet Tern Marine

The company also said the hull will be built using vacuum resin infusion, which results in a lighter and stronger hull with few or no resin voids.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Construction & Technical, Cruising Under Power, Industry News, megayachts, Passagemaking News, Powerboats

Selene Launches NextGen 44 Ocean Trawler

Preliminary Layout of the new Selene 44 Next Gen Ocean Trawler

Preliminary Layout of the new Selene 44 Next Gen Ocean Trawler

Jet Tern Marine today announced it has begun construction of the first Selene 44 Ocean Trawler, based on the new deep-hull design announced earlier this year.  The new model replaces the Selene 43 and is scheduled for delivery in early 2010.

The new Next Generation Ocean Trawler fleet from Selene now includes the 38, 42, 44 and 49-foot boats.  Howard Chen, President and founder of Jet Tern Marine describes the next generation hull.  “The new design has a deeper hull section than the original design.  Starting at the front bulkhead of the engine room to the stern, the midship is now deeper, increasing the overall engine room headroom.  The deeper hull also allows us to increase the size of the tanks, thereby increasing the fuel capacity,” says Chen.

The new hull design results in nearly a one-foot increase in engine room headroom to 66 inches and allows plenty of room for the proven, standard Cummins QSB 5.9 230hp engine. The extra height also allows for expansion of the fuel tanks to a total of 1,000 U.S. gallons.  Thanks to the extra height in the engine room, the tanks are designed to be narrower yielding even more space in the engine room.  The new 44 replaces the original Selene 43 with an additional half a foot on the LOA increasing the interior saloon space by six more inches.  Its innovative “cruiser stern” increases hull efficiency by around 8% as measured in tank tests, according to the company.  Jet Tern also says that the increased hull efficiency translates into fuel savings as well as more sea-kindly handling in following seas.

Evolved from the original Selene 43 which had a centerline galley, the new Selene 44 has the galley offset to starboard providing a more spacious and accommodating saloon with easy access to the pilothouse. The pilothouse settee is L-shaped and also offset to starboard which creates room for a small helm chair in the pilothouse.  With a spacious master stateroom forward, the new Selene 44 is ideal for couple’s cruising though an additional stateroom to port can accommodate occasional guests.  There are two full heads with enclosed showers.

The company says that alhough the Selene 44 is at the smaller end of trawlers built by Jet Tern Marine, she is equipped with many features like a washer/dryer and Frigoboat freezer usually found on larger yachts. Her engine and tank size make capable of long-distance cruising and at a 7.5 knot cruise speed the trawler will offer a 3,000 mile range.

Here’s a copy of the more detailed layouts in a pdf file:  Selene 44 Next Generation Ocean Trawler Layouts

More information, including world-wide dealer locations, is available at

Adapted from materials provided by Jet Tern Marine.

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Posted by Tom in Boats

Selene Goes With Deep-Hull Mod for Entire Fleet

Selene 53DH Hull Mold

Selene 53DH Hull Mold

A series of recent design changes to a small number of the Selene models, including the 53, which we wrote about here on OceanLines, will now be standard on all new Selenes, according to an announcement last week from Howard Chen at Jet-Tern Marine, the parent company of the Selene brand of trawlers.  In addition to some of the larger models that have already incorporated the new design, new 2010 Selene 38, 42 and 49 models are already in production.

According to Jet Tern, “The foundation of the new generation of Selene Ocean Trawlers is a hull design that turns the chines inward to the keel deeper in the water than earlier designs. In addition, all of the next generation molds feature the “cruiser stern” as standard.”  The company listed the following benefits and implications of the design changes:

  • Without changing the draft, headroom in the engine room is increased by a foot or more. Some of this increased headroom is carried into the lazarette.
  • Each new mold is 1-2’ longer than its predecessor. This fact plus the added length of the cruiser stern increase the waterline length resulting in slightly greater hull speed.
  • Greater headroom permits fuel tanks of the same capacity to be higher but narrower, increasing the effective area in the engine room for improved access, storage, and usability.
  • Engines are mounted relatively lower in the hull. This results in a flatter angle of the shaft, and therefore more efficient transmission of power to the propeller.
  • A prop tunnel is now molded in to the hull, further enabling a flatter propulsion angle and the resultant improvement in efficiency and performance.
  • Test tank results indicate the cruiser stern is 7%-8% more efficient through the water than traditional transoms. Some mechanical loss always must be accepted, but this efficiency could translate into 4%-5% improvement in fuel consumption at a given speed.
  • The cruiser stern, with its curved sides and bottom dissipates following seas for improved seakeeping in those conditions.

Of the three smaller 2010 models in production, the new Selene 38 and Selene 42, each with the cruiser stern, evolved from the popular double-cabin layouts of their first-generation counterparts. With LOAs of almost 42’ and 45’ respectively, the yachts are “proven and dependable,” according to Jet Tern.

The Selene 49 is a “next generation” evolution of the very popular Selene 48 model.  It features the new “deep hull” design with its cruiser stern, 10” increase in engine room headroom, and the larger, standard Cummins QSL 9.0 330 hp engine.   LOA is over a foot longer.  On the interior, that also translates to an 8” increase in the cockpit and 4” more in the salon.

According to Chen, the designer and builder of the Selene range, “Another significant difference is a wider body flybridge giving space for entertaining friends and family with style in the open air. This new flybridge layout incorporates an ‘L’ settee and table to one side, a bar/sink/BBQ unit on the other, and behind, ample room for a substantial dinghy and hydraulic crane.”

Jet Tern said the Selene 49 is still an excellent long range cruising boat with a D/L ratio at full load of 316, and A/B ratio at full load of 2.54.  With the standard Cummins at 1800 rpm it has a cruise speed of 8.6 kts for a range of 2,000 nm.  The company considers the 49 to be the flagship of the smaller end of the Selene fleet, intended to incorporate some of the room and luxury of the larger models in a package both affordable and easily handled by a couple.

Jet Tern now has four dealers in the U.S. for its Selene trawlers:

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Posted by Tom in Boats

North Pacific 28′ is an Affordable Pocket Trawler

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Rendering

North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse Rendering

Here at OceanLines we get an enormous number of visitors looking for information about some of the smaller trawlers out there; boats like the Ranger Tugs 25 and 29, the Nordic Tugs 26 and some of the other “pocket tugs.”  The North Pacific Yachts 28′ Pilothouse is another example of these cozy cruisers, but one that won’t melt your wallet and might be just the thing if you need a truly trailerable vacation boat.   The hull of NP28-01 is in the mold now and is scheduled for delivery to Seattle in August.  It should make its first public appearance at the Seattle Boat Show.

The NP28 is the third boat in the North Pacific lineup and it carries on the company’s philosophy of providing maximum value for the dollar.  Built from a new hull design by Karl Stambaugh at an experienced yard in China and well equipped right off the delivery ship, a new 28′ will run you about $165,000.  The only thing you need to add to that base configuration is electronics.  The boat comes standard with a single 130 HP Cummins QSD diesel, bow thruster, windlass with anchor, chain and rope rode, raw water washdown, teak and holly floor and hand-rubbed teak paneling and cabinetry.  All the sliding windows have screens and curtains are even provided.

Interior Configuration of the North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse

Interior Configuration of the North Pacific Yachts 28 Pilothouse

The boat has two bunks forward, a convertible in the pilothouse, and one in the salon.  According to North Pacific CEO Trevor Brice, “The NP28 seems to appeal to a much more broad customer range (than the larger trawlers).  We’ve had people who are looking at the NP28 as their only boat and others who own larger yachts but want the flexibility to enjoy cruising elsewhere when it is off-season where their larger boat is located.”

You can optionally upgrade the toilet to a Tecma unit from the standard manual flush and you can add a 3 kW genny.  The propane stove, however, and a 20 lb. tank and locker are standard so you don’t need electricity to cook with.  You can save $3K by deleting the Espar diesel furnace, but odds are you would do that to add $4K worth of reverse-cycle air conditioning and then you’ll want that genny.

Initial performance estimates indicate the boat should be capable of speeds up to 14 knots.  Fuel burn at 6 knots will be about 1 GPH, while at 12 knots it should be somewhere around 6 GPH.  With its 100 gallon fuel tanks, the NP28 has a theoretical range of 600 NM.  Even at top speed, it will have a range well above 200 NM.  Either way, that’s anywhere from a couple, to several days of comfortable cruising without worrying about refueling.  There is also 40 gallons of fresh water aboard and the 160 amp alternator on the engine will charge even a huge house battery bank in short order.

With its 8-foot, six-inch beam, the NP28 is truly trailerable.  While it’s not a show-stopper for some folks, boats like the Nordic Tugs 26, at 9-feet, six inches, do require a special trailering permit in nearly all U.S. states.  According to Brice North Pacific has identified a number of trailer manufacturers who can supply a suitable trailer, but has not specified a vendor because of the wide variation in personal preferences for trailer features.

In short, the NP28 looks like it’s going to provide some real competition to similar-sized boats in the Nordic Tugs, Ranger Tugs and other “pocket trawler” makers’ lines.

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Posted by Tom in Boats

Jet Tern Marine’s Selene Trawler Line Turns 10

Selene 48 Cruising

Selene 48 Cruising

Jet Tern Marine  is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of the Selene line of ocean-class, long-range, full displacement trawlers.  The company has sold more than 300 boats in the line, which now includes boats from 37 feet to 75 feet in length.  Two factories in Guangdong Province in China — at Zhuhai and Dongguan — in the Pearl River Delta provide the company with an experienced craftsman workforce as well as easy access to the sea.  JTM is run by Howard Chen, whose family runs the parent company, Jet Tern, well-known worldwide for its flatware.  Incidentally, Selene includes a customized flatware package with all its new boats — one benefit of the Jet Tern family relationship.

OceanLines talked recently with Selene’s East Coast dealer (except for Florida), Selene Annapolis, which is owned and run by Chuck Wistar and his wife Andrea.  Wistar is a former Selene 53 owner who traveled more than 14,000 miles on their trawler before selling it.  The Wistars had happily worked with Jet Tern Marine while they owned their Selene, showing the boat for the builder at both the Newport and Annapolis shows in 2003.  When Jet Tern Marine’s Howard Chen found out they were selling their boat, he asked them to consider becoming the Selene dealer on the East Coast.

View the trawler’s images here.

According to Wistar, the 53 and 55 are the “sweet spot” in the Selene line, although the new 59, introduced only 2 1/2 years, “is already on hull number 37 or 38,” said Wistar.  At roughly $1.5 million base price for the boat, it’s an attractive price point in the trawler industry.  Wistar says the 48 is also a popular boat; a two-stateroom alternative to the 53.  “For a couple with only occasional visitors, the 48 is a great boat,” says Wistar.  Recent updates to the molds for the 48 have deepened the hull where it joins the keel.  “This gives you roughly 5 feet, 10 inches of headroom in the engine room” in that boat, he said.

All Selenes are solid fiberglass hulls, up to the waterline; while above that they are cored with Divinyl cell.  Selene uses vinylester resin to laminate the first four layers of the hull, a laminate schedule unmatched anywhere else in the trawler industry, according to Wistar.  The result is that, “to my knowledge, there has never been an osmotic blister on a Selene,” Wistar said.  The corporate confidence in that statement translates to a lifetime warranty against hull blisters, so that’s one less thing to worry about for year-round boaters and liveaboards.

All the Selene models from 43′ upward are raised pilothouse models and all are CE Ocean-A rated.  Selene customers are typical of the trawler market; most either at or nearing retirement and with plans for most to move aboard and live aboard while cruising full-time.

The smaller Selenes have been extremely popular with Great Loop cruisers in the United States.  They have no air draft issues with the Erie Canal, which is a typical stumbling block for some other trawler brands.  “Our air draft, on the 53, even with the KVH (satellite) domes, was just a little over 19 feet,” says Wistar, who, with his wife, took their 53 on a variation of the Great Loop, called the “Down East Circle.”  This cruise of approximately 2,400 miles, takes boaters up the Hudson, across the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario to the headwaters of the St. Lawrence River.  The route proceeds downriver (although still mostly northeastward) through the locks to Montreal, Quebec and out the mouth of the Seaway to the islands of the Canadian Maritimes — Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland.  The last leg is across the Bay of Fundy to Maine and down past New Hampshire and Massachusettes to New York.  While the Wistars ran the route in two months, they say they would like to do it again but take an extra month to do some more sightseeing along the way.  Read all about the Wistars’ cruise HERE.

Selene has an active owners group, and a recent East Coast rendezvous attracted 40 owners and 7 boats to Hutchinson Island, Florida, for an event co-hosted by Selene Annapolis and Selene Florida.

We talked more about the 48 as a particularly price-attractive boat in these economically tough times.  Wistar says the basic price, plus a good cruising package of options that would include stabilizers, a/c, hydraulic davit, icemaker, bow and stern thrusters, a big inverter and a hardtop, plus delivery, would run about $896,000; certainly a competitive price for a big-boat trawler these days.

The 48 is a result of customer feedback on the original 47 model.  According to Howard Chen, the designer and builder of the Selene range, “The main difference is a wider body flybridge giving space for entertaining friends and family with style in the open air.  This new flybridge layout incorporates an ‘L’ settee and table to one side, a bar/sink/BBQ unit on the other, and behind, ample room for a substantial dinghy and hydraulic crane.”

The 48 also boasts an integral swim platform with a telescopic swim ladder, and beneath this is an 18″ hull extension, creating extra room in the lazarette for storing gear and supplies, and at the same time greater buoyancy to offset the weight of the larger flybridge.”

Selene says the 48 is still an excellent long range cruising boat with a D/L ratio at full load of 316, and A/B ratio at full load of 2.54.  With the standard Cummins 315hp diesel turning at a relatively slow 1800 rpm it has a cruise speed of 8.6kts, for a range of 2,000 nm.

The Selene 48, like all Selenes, can be easily customized as far as interior arrangement and decoration.  A typical configuration would feature an offset galley in the salon to starboard, with a settee and hi-lo table built-in to port.  The pilohouse has plenty of room for an L-shape settee and a nice helm chair; some even put a pilot berth in as well.  According to Wistar, the flybridge is a (pun intended) high point, of the brand.  “These boats all have a terrific flybridge, with great sight lines forward and around.  They’ve got built-in settees and lots of room for entertaining,” says Wistar.   The 48 can be ordered with a single or with twin engines.  The singles can have a get-home engine, or a hydraulic get-home run off a generator.

Stop by our Image Gallery and view the trawler’s pictures.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News

Pacific Expedition Yachts Offers Long-Range Cats

Pacific Expedition Yachts PE-55 Catamaran

Pacific Expedition Yachts PE-55 Catamaran

Pacific Expedition Yachts is a new builder, based on the coast in central Oregon, building long-range, self-sufficient power catamarans that are, compared to the traditional monohull trawler, a horse of a different color.  Actually, although the base color is white, you can have them in almost any color.  The new Expedition line of twin-hull motoryachts features sophisticated hull design and construction, utilizing Kevlar fabrics and resin-infused Nida-Core, as well as vinylester resin and expoxy.  The hull designs are built for ocean-going stability, huge volumes of living space, and the efficiencies necessary to move that volume easily and at lower cost.

The company was founded by industry veterans Patrick Meyer and John Shaw in late 2007 but already has several yachts in various stages of production.  The company’s business offices are in Oregon City, south of Portland, while the production facility is in Toledo, near Newport, on the cenral coast.  John and Pat keep a blog updated on the status of new models and production here.  The PE-45 was the first into production, but perhaps the most illustrative of the company’s vision is the PE-55, which offers tremendous size as well as good flexibility on interior selections to allow owners a moer personalized living arrangement.  The basic PE-55 specs are in the table below.

Pacific Expedition Yachts PE-55
LOA 56′-00″
LWL 55′-00″
Beam 24′-08″
Hull Beam 5′-08″ @W/L
Draft 3′-06″
Displacement 58,500 lbs (Light Ship)
Fuel 2,000 gallons
Water 300 gallons
Black Water 300 gallons
Top Speed (est.) 20+ knots
Engines: 2 x 430hp Cummins QSB5.9 diesels
 Source: Pacific Expedition Yachts 















The 55 offers a saloon and galley that measure 20′ by 14′, which would be a good-sized living room in any house.  Unlike many cats, however, the PE yachts offer a unique forward section with a raised helm forward and to starboard and “sky lounge” across a central passageway to port.  This raised forward section also allows the owner’s stateroom to be on the main level and take advantage of the full beam.  There is access from the helm to the open aft deck and from there up to the flying bridge.

The main salon features a large entertainment area to port with the galley to starboard, along the bulkhead.  There is a large, raised countertop separating the galley from the rest of the salon, with room for bar stool-dining.

As an ocean-going vessel, the PE-55 has very high freeboard all around, with wide side decks and high bulwarks forward.  The cat hulls have a special, z-shape bow designed to slice through the chop for added stability and efficiency.  The hulls are semi-displacement and can reach up to 20+ knots, powered by twin Cummins 430hp QSB5.9 diesels.  With 2,000 gallons of fuel aboard, the range can vary several hundred miles to trans-oceanic, depending on the cruise speed.  The three main models currentlyi in the PE line, a 45, the 55 and a 65 use the same hulls.  In fact, two of the first PE-55 owners have decided to extend their boats to 60′ with an extra 5′ in the aft cockpit.

The lower deck staterooms — “lower” may be a bit unfair since they sit at virtually main-deck level in-part, under the raised pilothouse level — are amidships and continue the absolutely unique layout approach.  They each have room for a queen-size bed with side table, with the head of the bed near the centerline and the foot outboard.  Step down from the bed to a settee against the outboard hull bulkhead and turn to enter the en-suite head with shower stall.  There is plenty of storage space and the accommodations rival those of the master suite aboard any monohull of a similar length.

Of course, the master stateroom forward is even more sumptuous with room on either side of the full queen island for nightstands with drawers, as well as large, cedar-lined hanging lockers.  There is also a work desk and a love seat and the en-suite head features shore-size heads and fittings.

One of the best advantages of catamarans are their suitability for entertainment al fresco while anchored.  Although the PE-55 stands high out of the water, curved stairways aft lead down from the main deck to the water level for swimming and other watersports.  A davit can lower any kind of small boat down from the upper deck, where there is also plenty of room for sunning and entertaining.  The flybridge will undoubtedly be where most choose to drive the vessel; the huge, panoramic space with seating for plenty of the captain’s guests especially inviting.

The Pacific Expedition cats will be exciting to watch as they are delivered and enter service over the next several months.  To truly appreciate some of the unique features of these cat designs, have a look at the special image gallery we put together at this link:

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News

First “New” Nordic Tugs 26 to Splash Next Week

Nordic Tugs 26 Almost Ready for Launch.  Photo:  Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

Nordic Tugs 26 Almost Ready for Launch. Photo: Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

Nordic Tugs officials confirmed yesterday that the first “new” Nordic Tugs 26 will leave the factory in Skagit County, Washington, before the end of this month and splash into the cold waters of the San Juan islands for its first sea trials.  The NT-26 was the original Nordic Tug, produced from 1980 until 1997, and the company decided earlier this year to restart production, given customers’ focus on economy and fuel efficiency.  The “new” NT-26 shares enough with its ancestors that Nordic Tugs decided to simply resume hull numbers from the original production run.  Therefore, this first new NT-26 is numbered as hull 173.

The New Nordic Tugs 26 Nears Completion.  Photo:  Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

The New Nordic Tugs 26 Nears Completion. Photo: Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

Standard power on the boat will be a D-3 Volvo Penta diesel, rated at 110 hp, although a Cummins QSD-115 HO diesel, rated at 115 hp, is an option.  Cruise speed for the NT-26 will run from 8 to 12 knots, with an estimated top speed of 15 knots.  More photos of the NT-26 under construction are available at the Great Lakes and Mid-Gulf states regional Nordic Tugs dealer, Bay Breeze Yacht Sales, in Traverse City, Michigan.

The New Nordic Tugs 26 Main Deckhouse Under Construction.  Photo:  Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

The New Nordic Tugs 26 Main Deckhouse Under Construction. Photo: Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

In other Nordic Tugs news, the company is expected to announce next Monday the executive replacement for former President Jim Cress, who died in a motorcycle accident last month.

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Posted by Tom in Boats