As the regular readers know, we saw a Selene in transit last year, and have always been impressed by the interiors especially the joinery. Recently, plans were unveiled for the Selene 86, one of the largest designs in the fleet and part of the Ocean Explorer series of Selene Ocean Trawlers. The new 86 will be built with solid reinforced fiberglass construction applied with vacuum resin infusion, and will have ocean-going capability, low fuel consumption, and extensive range. The Ocean Explorer models also have a high level of luxury and superyacht styling.
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.
Molds for the Selene 86 are under construction and hull number one is expected to launch in time to debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2011.