Mark Seaton

Selene Building First Ocean Explorer 92

Selene Ocean Explorer 92 Rendering

Selene Ocean Explorer 92 Rendering

Jet Tern Marine announced that it has sold the first hull of the new Ocean Explorer 92 model and that the boat is now under construction for an expected debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2012.  Mark Seaton, of Selene Europe. provided us with the text of the press release announcing the sale, along with the photos you see here.

“The new “Ocean Explorer” range has been very well received as the Selene brand consolidates upon its successful “Ocean Trawler”’ concept to move into the 24 M + category of displacement yachts .

The 92 is the result of a multinational collaboration of designers and architects under Howard Chen’s design team leadership. Howard Chen has worked closely with renowned Dutch architect Guido De Groot and a group of International consultants to develop a contemporary take on the long range yacht whilst capitalizing on builder Jet Tern Marine’s high quality construction and reputation for experience and innovation in the displacement yacht sector.

A first look at the 92 shows a number of the Selene family traits with her powerful raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, and bulbous bow. But a contemporary twist is also apparent in the addition of the large side windows in the hull and stainless steel anchor pockets.

She takes the simple and proven concept of the fuel efficient and seaworthy long range yacht to a new level of luxury and with all of the advantages of GRP construction.

The first ordering customers are a US based partnership who were impressed with the design’s mixture of contemporary styling and sea going capability.”

Hull Mold Plug for New Selene Ocean Explorer 92

Hull Mold Plug for New Selene Ocean Explorer 92

We’ll have more photos of the 92 as she makes her way through the production process at the factory in China.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, megayachts, Powerboats

Selene 66 Shows Her Rough Water Stuff

Selene 6603 at Sea in Beaufort Force 7 Conditions

Selene 6603 at Sea in Beaufort Force 7 Conditions

Returning recently from the Cannes international boat show, Selene Europe’s Mark Seaton had arranged for a helicopter photo shoot of the brand new Selene 66 (6603) he was driving. At least a hundred other boats were all attempting to head out to sea and pass around the famous headland Cap D’Antibes when the winds picked up to Beaufort 7 force (28-33 knots), with resulting wild seas. According to Seaton, all of the other boats turned back but he decided the weather was perfectly within the Selene’s capabilities and continued around the headland to the boat’s mooring in Antibes. 

The winds were so strong, however, the helicopter was forced to return to land, but not before it took some really fantastic at-sea running shots, which we have collected in a gallery below for your enjoyment.  When you look at the photos, keep in mind that the size of the boat makes the waves look smaller than they are.  You can see some pitching in the steep head seas, with the bulbous bow out of the water in a couple of the shots.  The design of the Selene bulb is meant to reduce slamming in this kind of pitching; the bottom of the bulb has a sharper entry that reduces the acceleration.

The photo gallery also includes some nice interior shots of 6603, with its beautiful woodwork, teak sole and state-of-the-art pilothouse helm station. The three staterooms are shown to good effect, as well.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Environment & Weather, Passagemaking News, seamanship