The Selene Chart



Based on our customers’ feed-back, and our experience with 400 boats built over twenty years, we have identified 12 key questions which should be positively answered on any ocean going motor-yacht :

Solid hull lamination under the waterline, no foam, no core ?

High bulwarks for safety and Portuguese bridge ?

Full height engine room for ease of service and maintenance ?

Fluid circulation in the living quarters ?

Large storage spaces for spare parts and provisioning ?

Adequate efficient fuel system ?

Escape hatches in critical locations ?

Commanding view from the wheel-house ?

Covered aft deck, cockpit and side decks ?

Easy tender launch to port & starboard ?

Proper schematics of all systems on board ?

Affordable price ?

To all these questions, the Selene Yachts answer is YES… If you plan to sail around the world and you cannot tick all these boxes on your next boat project, it’s not a Selene, and you would be well inspired to talk to us first !

We think that we are in perfect harmony with the recommendations of Robert Beebe, the guru of passage making under power.

Some decades ago, nobody would have ventured on the ocean out of sight of land on a power yacht, ocean passages were the apanage of audacious sailboat skippers… Back in the 1940s, no suitable long-distance powerboats existed at all ! Captain Robert Beebe revolutionized long-distance sea travels with his « Passagemaker », a yacht which he designed himself and built in Singapore in 1963. This boat of a completely new design let him cross the Atlantic ocean in « robe and slippers ». His book « Voyaging Under Power » became an inspiration for a new generation of sailors who have turned their trawler into a second home, some of them accounting several circumnavigations with boats under 50 feet ! Rober Beebe’s fundamental design parameters are still in use by naval architects today. What Captain Beebe learned in those years of ocean voyages became the most important and influential book ever published on long-distance powerboating.
Robert Beebe was convinced that an ocean going powerboat could go to sea without exposing her crew to hazard and he laid down the principles for proper passage making under power :

A reliable and consistent means of reducing rolling, because crew comfort is a must.

The ability to operate under autopilot.

A range of 2,400 nautical miles.

Facilitate single-handed operation, or a husband-wife crew.

A LOA of around 50 feet.

A secure place for the single watch-stander to go outside the pilothouse to observe surroundings.

A balance of good in-port living space and the necessary seaworthiness for ocean voyaging.

Lifeline stanchions 40 inches high in exposed areas.