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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Kadey-Krogen and Nordhavn at the Upcoming Miami Boat Show

2010 Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail

2010 Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail

Kadey-Krogen said this week that it will have a Krogen 58′ and the 48′ North Sea with the redesigned galley and bridge, which we wrote about here on OceanLines recently.

P.A.E. advises that their final plans for the upcoming Miami boat shows include the 75 EYF and the 62 at Collins Ave., — more formally know as The Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami Beach.  They also plan to have a 47 over at the on-water display of the actual Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail at the Sea Isle Marina in Miami.

At this point, Selene does not appear to have a boat at the show, although the Selene Annapolis dealer will be there and Jet Tern Marine owner and chief designer Howard Chen will be attending to accept an award from MotorBoating Magazine.

We will update you over the next week with the plans of other passagemaking boat builders.  If you use the official website for the boat show, don’t rely on the search function there to tell you who will be there. There are some brands missing from the database. Best to check the website of the brand you’re interested in directly.  Here are the basic logistical details for the main Miami Boat Show, from the show organizers:

Show Information
Dates & Location
February 11–15, 2010
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

SEA ISLE MARINA & YACHTING CENTER (New home of Strictly Sail Miami, joining forces with the Miami International Boat Show powerboat in-water location)
1635 N. Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33132
*** This location now requires a ticket or badge for admission.

Looking for the BIG sailboats? Begin the day at Sea Isle Marina, then head over to Bayside Marina by way of Strictly Sail Miami’s FREE water taxi service to view some of the largest sailboats and catamarans in the world. Lagoon America, Leopard, Prout, Seawind Catamarans, Hylas, Passport and others will all have boats on display at Big Boat Row.

Courtesy Shuttle Buses will run between all locations including the park & ride at the American Airlines Arena from 1 hour prior to show opening through 1 hour after show close daily.

Show Hours
Premier Day
Thursday, February 11, 10:00am–6:00pm

Friday, February 12, 10:00am–8:00pm
Saturday, February 13, 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday, February 14, 10:00am–8:00pm
Monday, February 15, 10:00am–6:00pm

Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center is open from 10:00am–6:00pm daily

NEW — 5 Day Pass (Good all 5 days of the show)
Thursday, February 11th–Monday, February 15th — $75.00

Premier Day — $30.00

Adults — $16.00
2 Day Pass — $30.00
Youth, age 13–15 years — $6.00
Children, age 12 and younger — FREE

Tickets will also be available for purchase at both the Miami Beach Convention Center and the Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center locations.

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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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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

Jet Tern Launches Artemis Motoryacht Line

New Artemis 46 Undergoes Seatrials in China

New Artemis 46 Undergoes Seatrials in China

Howard Chen’s Jet Tern Marine has launched a new planing motoryacht line called the “Artemis” with a 46-foot debut model.  Jet Tern Marine”s Zhu-Hai, China, shipyard is best known for its Selene line of displacement yachts.  According to the company, the new Artemis line was developed “in response to consistent and strong market demand for a high-performance yacht built by Jet Tern.”  The company said that, eventually, models from 36 to 66 feet will be developed

The Artemis 46 is a two-stateroom, two-head flybridge motoryacht, powered by twin 380hp diesels from Yanmar and is designed to cruise at a top speed of 23 knots; a performance level verified during sea trials of hull 4603.  The yacht has a beam of 14 feet 4 inches, a waterline length of 38 feet 11 inches, and a draft of 3 feet 9 inches.  The yacht has a fuel capacity of 400 U.S. gallons, with water and holding tanks of 100 and 50 U.S. gallons, respectively.

The Artemis 46 has walkaround decks, flybridge, and covered cockpit. A sliding door opens to the saloon with a contemporary design and built-in settees with seating for four around an adjustable table. The interior layout is open with the helm station to starboard and the galley down two steps to port.

Jet Tern says the first four yachts have already been sold in China.  The company press release downplays it somewhat, but I believe the Chinese market for this type of yacht may represent the best real growth potential in the near future.  China has embarked on a program of luxury marina building around the country and is deliberately fostering a yachting culture. I expect to see offerings like the Artemis, perhaps even more upscale, from some interesting sources over the next several months.  The base price of a new Artemis 46 is approximately $690,000, including freight and commissioning.

Artemis 46

Download a Layout PDF File

LOA 45′-6″ 13.88M
LOH 44″-4″ 13.5M
LWL 38′-11″ 11.8M
Beam 14′-4″ 4.37M
Draft 3′-9″ 1.15M
Displacement 16T  
Fuel Capacity 400 USG 1514L
Water Capacity 100 USG 378L
Holding Capacity 50 USG 189L
Power 2 x Yanmar 380hp 6LY3-UTP  
Speed 23 knots max cruise  

source:  Jet Tern Marine

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Selene Annapolis Adds Next-Gen 47 to New Charter Division

Selene 53 Isis Shown Dockside

Selene 53 Isis Shown Dockside

Selene Annapolis announced today that it is adding a new, deep-hull Selene 47 to its charter fleet, which will be managed by a separate division of the company’s yacht and brokerage business.  The new 47 complements a Selene 53 that has been available for charter since last fall.  The 53, named Isis, is a 2005 model and has been booked four times already and has explored much of the Chesapeake Bay with its charter guests. 

The 53 Isis has three staterooms, two heads and can comfortably sleep four guests and a captain.  The company says that “qualified charterers may bareboat, allowing six guests to enjoy the cruise.”  The saloon seating is designed for six and the flybridge can comfortably accommodate them at the open-air table and seating arrangement.  Isis may be chartered for a rate of $4,800 for four days and three nights, up to $7,500 for seven days and six nights.  Provisions, captain services and fuel are extra, of course.

Holiday is a brand new 2009 Selene 47, and will complete commissioning in the fall. With two staterooms and two heads, she can comfortably sleep four guests bareboating, or two guests and a captain.  Holiday can be chartered for a base rate of $4,100 for four days and three nights, up to $6,800 for seven days and six nights.  The usual extra charges, as for Isis, apply.

Captained charters are structured to the preferences of the guests and can be as educational and hands-on as the customer would like. Typical charters are four to five days. Extended charters and bareboat charters can be discussed with Selene Annapolis.

Chuck Wistar, president of Selene Annapolis, believes the new charter enterprise is a natural extension to their company as it allows potential new owners to experience the lifestyle before making a purchase commitment. “We encourage anyone considering the purchase of a Selene to take the time to charter. The cost of chartering is well worth it to confirm the long-term investment of buying a Selene, or any other of the Tier I trawlers,” he says.

Additional information on chartering as well as the Selene yachts in charter can be found on the Selene Annapolis website.   Booking information are available by contacting Selene Annapolis by phone, 410.280.0006.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Passagemaking News

Jet Tern Marine Announces New Deep-Hull Version of Selene 53

Selene 53DH Hull Mold

Selene 53DH Hull Mold

Jet Tern Marine last week announced it had completed construction of the hull mold for a new deep-hull version of its popular Selene 53′ model.  JTM has been modifying its other hulls to this new “deep-hull” configuration.  Earlier-modified boats include the Selene 47 and the Selene 57.

Here’s a small gallery of photos of the new 53DH hull plug and mold at completion:

According to JTM, “The features of this newly completed 53DH hull mold will provide more headroom in the engine room; 76″ forward, and 62″ aft” by which the maintenance duties in the engine room should be made easier.  JTM added that the DH version will also be capable of a larger fuel capacity.  The current 53′ has a fuel capacity of 1,300 gallons.  Photos of the new DH hull mold show that the updated configuration will include the new “feathered” prop skeg, as well as a modest prop pocket, which should allow the use of a larger, slower-turning prop.  To-date, Selene has sold more than 110 53’s.  You can read more about the Selene 53 in our recent feature on Jet Tern Marine’s 10th anniversary and the company’s East Coast dealer, Selene Annapolis.

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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