|Draft||4 ft., 8 in.|
|Engines||Cummins QSB5.9, 230 hp|
|Base Price||Around $400,000|
|Hand-laid FRP solid hull bottom with corecell sandwich structure above the waterline and for the superstructure.|
|Cummins QSB5.9, 230 hp diesel, Cummins Onan 5 kw genset, hydraulic steering at each helm, Muir electric windlass w/control switches, 700-gallon fuel capacity, NiBrAl 4-blade prop, LED lights throughout, Tecma electric freshwater toilet, separate shower stall in head, handcrafted teak wheel at lower helm and much more.|
|Stern thruster, stairway to flybridge, second Selene ladder-back captain’s chair at upper helm, larger refrigerator/freezer in galley, Cherry veneer instead of teak and more.|
|et Tern Marine, Taiwan (with manufacturing in China); selenetrawlers.com|
|West Coast Dealer|
|Selene California, San Diego;
(619) 224-1161; selenecalifornia.com
Hampton Yacht Group, Seattle; (206) 623-5200; hamptonyachtgroup.com
Posted: March 1, 2013 | Boat Type: Trawler
A two-stateroom long-range cruiser that’s easy to operate and easy on the budgetSelene is the Greek moon goddess, illuminating the night from our planet’s only satellite that isn’t spying, monitoring the weather or beaming junk programming to our flat-screen high-def TV sets. Howard Chen, the founder of boat builder Jet Tern Marine, named his yacht line Selene in honor of an unfinished project by his architectural mentor, Dr. Da-Hong Wang, a project that was going to honor the U.S.’s Apollo program (a Greek-named endeavor that sent astronauts to the moon).
Selene has gone after long-range cruisers since it came on the scene in 1999, and that hasn’t changed. Boaters who buy a Selene 42 EuroDeck trawler will be able to chase their boat’s namesake for nights on end, following her through almost two main phases, thanks to the new yacht’s Cummins QSB5.9 230 hp diesel and a 2,500-mile range at about 8 mph. You can make the run from Seattle to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, without stopping and still have fuel left. And thanks to the Cummins Smartcraft System, you’ll always know how much fuel it will take to get to your destination. Integration is the key. The captain can choose a destination on the chartplotter and send it to the autopilot, which talks to Smartcraft, which can then tell you how much fuel you’ll burn getting there and, of course, how much fuel you have left. If the former is more than the latter, you’d better make a fuel stop.
On test day, we didn’t have plans to cover 2,500 miles, but we did explore a good chunk of San Diego Bay. The Selene California crew — Wayne Jones and Leanne McNally — along with their electronics guy, Ed Hanscom, and Capt. Peter Falonk took me for a ride on one of those January Southern California days that make you realize the human race spends far too much time indoors working. If it had been 10 degrees warmer, the chamber of commerce would have started beaming live to computer screens from Boise, Idaho, to Boston. But I digress.
The water didn’t provide much of a challenge for the 42 Euro, but a few large Navy vessels were leaving port, creating wakes for us to plow through (observing a respectful distance, of course). I would compare the wakes to speed bumps, but you feel speed bumps when you go over them. The boat responded quickly to commands from both helms, and when we gave it over to the autopilot, the course correction was immediate and accurate. We reached a top speed of 10.5 mph at about 2400 rpm, at which point the engine was burning 9.5 gph. At 2000 rpm, we were traveling 9.4 mph and burning 5.8 gph. Dropping the rpm count to 1800 cut fuel consumption to 4 gph while knocking just 0.5 mph off the speed. If you wanted to go really far, you could slow down to 6.6 mph, a speed that burns 1 gph and would yield a range of about 4,600 miles — if you wanted to use every last drop of fuel (and if you trust a journalist’s math).
From the dock, the 42 Euro is recognizable as a Selene. There are windows all around the main cabin, covered cockpit and sidedecks, a sharp bow that yields to a wider body and a forward-leaning windshield at the pilothouse — except there isn’t a pilothouse. We’ll get to that.
Access is via the swim step and through a transom gate to starboard into the cockpit, which is covered by the flybridge deck. There’s room to set up three or four chairs and a small drink/snack table. On this 42 Euro, there is a port-side stairway up to the bridge, which is something the owner requested. A ladder is standard. The stairway cuts into the space in a way the ladder doesn’t, but it also creates storage you don’t get with a ladder. I would guess most people will opt for stairs over the ladder. Sidedeck access is to both sides, and those are covered for about two-thirds of the way forward, up to the windshield, basically.
Through a Dutch-door are the salon, galley and lower helm in one open area. It’s conducive to group gatherings while under way, because the captain and the cook can participate in any conversation. Light teak dominates the cabin. The top of the dining table and the overhead grabrail are high gloss, but the rest is more muted. To starboard is an L-shaped settee with a dining table. The table has a fold-out insert, and the top slides in and out, making it easier to get to the middle of the settee. To port, two barrel chairs are standard, but our test boat has a sofa with room for about four people, and it converts to a berth. There is ample room to walk fore and aft and at least 6 feet, 6 inches of headroom.
Forward of the bench settee, spanning the area from it to the port-side chart table, is the galley. A granite countertop with a lip provides ample working space while overhead cabinets and drawers below provide storage. A double sink, a Force 10 oven and a three-burner stovetop are housed in the built-in galley unit. The stovetop is neatly concealed under the countertop, a section of which lifts up to expose the burners and create a stainless steel backsplash. A small refrigerator usually occupies the space to the right of the oven under the counter, but this owner wanted something different, something bigger. Fortunately, the folks at Selene are flexible. What they did was take half of the unit between the L-shaped settee and the helm seat — which is usually a single-level piece with storage underneath — and converted it to a cabinet for a tall refrigerator/freezer. Between the tall section and the bulkhead is a lower section that can hold decorative items or an extra chart.
Up a step and to starboard is the helm station. It’s not a pilothouse, like you might expect from Selene, but it is raised, and it does have an all-around view. In the console, it’s owner’s choice. Our test boat has a Raymarine HybridTouch display in the center with an autopilot under it, a Raymarine VHF and the Cummins Smartcraft display to the right, and a Fusion stereo to the left. Engine and thruster controls — this boat has the standard bow thruster and an optional one at the stern — are within easy reach from the double bench seat. A Dutch door opens to the starboard sidedeck.
Below & Above
Teak stairs between the galley and helm take you belowdecks, where you’ll find both staterooms and the head. Forward is the master. A queen-size island berth is center stage, with two steps on either side and flat areas at sleeping level that serve as nightstands. A cedar-lined locker and drawers under the berth provide storage. Two opening portlights and an opening hatch overhead let in natural light. Occupants have private access to the head, which includes a porcelain sink in a Corian countertop, a Tecma electric toilet, a teak-framed mirror, two opening portholes and a separate shower stall.
Guests will find their accommodations to starboard. A double berth arrangement becomes one with a filler cushion. At the entrance, there is full headroom but not at the head of the berths, because the aft half of the room is under the helm station, so there will be no jumping on the bed.
If you want lots of clearance, and room to jump for whatever reason, head to the flybridge via the aforementioned cockpit staircase. The bridge on our test boat is open, with a Med-style tinted windscreen, an aluminum alloy mast and boom, a tender and stainless railing around the aft half. The helm is centered forward and includes engine gauges, a Raymarine e7 HybridTouch screen, a VHF, and engine and thruster controls. Chart space is to both sides, and the starboard side has a plexiglass cover that lifts to keep charts dry. One Selene ladder-back captain’s chair is standard, but our test boat has two. Thinking way ahead, Selene included a large hatch under the bridge helm seat, which is directly above the engine hatch in the galley, so the engine can be lifted out without having to rip up decking. A C-shaped settee is to port with a fiberglass table. A built-in fiberglass console has room for a sink, a grill and an ice-maker or refrigerator.
This particular owner knew he was going to anchor out a lot and need as much DC power as he could get. There is a house battery bank and separate battery banks for the thrusters. What Selene did was take the stern thruster battery and have it work off the house bank (three batteries), essentially increasing the house bank by 33 percent. The boat also has a 5 kw Cummins Onan genset.
At about 45 feet LOA and with bow and stern thrusters, the Selene 42 EuroDeck is an easy boat for couples to handle, but you won’t want to keep it to yourself all the time. You’ll have to show it off. It can cover great distances or simply get you to the next marina over, the one with your favorite restaurant and the difficult docking arrangements, and you’ll be able to look like a pro.