Selene Ocean Trawlers, whose line ranges from 38 to 75 feet, has announced that new molds and tooling are on schedule to be completed by year’s end—ushering in a new generation of the brand beginning with the 38-, 42-, and 49-foot models.

The updated Selenes continue to offer long-distance cruising in comfort

The updated Selenes offer increased headroom in addition to other extended-cruising options.


The first Selene arrived in the United States in 1999, and nearly 400 of the coastal cruisers have been delivered worldwide during the past decade. Jet Tern Marine, which manufactures Selenes, says the new models for 2010 will include improvements in hull efficiency, seakeeping, comfort, capacity, and style, as well as interior layout improvements and standard equipment upgrades based on client and dealer suggestions.

Standard cabin layout for the Selene 49.

Standard main saloon layout for the Selene 49.

Most significant is that the new Selenes are based on a hull design that turns the chines inward to the keel, deeper in the water than in earlier designs. The chine is lowered about 10 inches compared to previous models, from the engine room’s front bulkhead to the boat’s stern. This increases overall waterline length, which, according to Jet Tern Marine, slightly increases hull speed. It also increases engine room headroom by 8 to 10 inches.

The redesigned engine room now boasts over five feet of headroom.

The redesigned engine room on the 49 now boasts over five feet of headroom.

And the interior volume increases don’t stop there. Aboard the new 38- and 42-foot models, for instance, engine room headroom is nearly 5 feet, 6 inches. Some of the standard features Jet Tern Marine is promising for those two models include a 230-hp Cummins diesel, bow thruster, anchor windlass, full galley, island master berth, separate shower, and full guest cabin with head.

On the new Selene 49, engine room headroom is said to be a full 5 feet, 6 inches. This model will come equipped with a standard Cummins QSL 9.0 330-horsepower engine, offering a cruising speed of 8.6 knots at a range of 2,000 nautical miles. The cockpit on the new Selene 49 will be 8 inches larger than that of the previous model, while the saloon on the new model will be 4 inches larger.


At the aft end of the flying bridge, there's room for a hydraulic dinghy crane.

Also worth noting is that the new flying bridge layout includes space for what Jet Tern Marine calls a “substantial” dinghy and hydraulic crane. That’s important, given that Selenes will continue to be marketed as an extended-cruising option for couples without crew.

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