Published: Friday, 22 November 2013
Mike Fulton

Dutch designer Guido de Groot Design’s Chinese partner, Jet-Tern Marine, has already produced the mould for the hull on the new Selene 78. As reported earlier, the company is also working on the larger Selene 92 Ocean Explorer, a 28-metre full-displacement trawler-style yacht.

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The new Selene 78 is being constructed for an American client and delivery is currently scheduled for mid-2015. She is based primarily on the very successful Selene 62 but with increased length and freeboard offering greater internal accommodation space and a longer range.

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From the design and layout plan the beautifully laid out saloon can comfortably seat eight for dinner and comes with the added convenience of a day head. Forward of the saloon is the pantry which then leads on to the pilot house/command centre area.

Below decks there are four staterooms with their own en-suites and the full-beam master suite. The master boasts full-height wardrobes, a writing desk, vanity area and a bathroom with tub and his and hers wash basins – a lot of accommodation for a boats of this size.

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This vessel will be a tad under 24 metres long with a 6.56-metre beam and 1.9-metre draft and she weighs in at about 108 tonnes. She sports two 405-horsepower Cummins OSM-11 engines, which push her to 12.5 knots top speed and allow her to cruise at 9.5 knots. With her 5,000-gallon fuel capacity she has a range of about 4,000 nautical miles at a sedate 7 knots.

She has a full-height walk-in engine room with a small workshop/utility room attached. The crew quarters are also close by with a shower and head.

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Despite her luxurious furnishings and beautiful lines, underneath she will be a sturdy and rugged passage maker, a testament to her trawler yacht heritage. She will be ideal for long voyages in pure luxury and comfort. She won’t be the fastest vessel afloat but she is designed more as an explorer vessel but with an element of luxury and sophistication. Her deep hull form and round bulbous bow add to her excellent seagoing characteristics. Her very low fuel consumption is another real advantage.

These yachts will be semi-customised and the voluminous space will allow future owners great potential when considering internal and external design and styling to create their own particular dream boat.