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Hull of new Selene 92 Ocean Explorer Yacht now complete

January 13, 2014

An important milestone was reached at Selene Yachts’ facilities in December 2013 as the deck was fitted on the new Selene 92 Ocean Explorer yacht. This means that the hull of motor yacht Selene 92 Ocean Explorer is now complete and construction on other elements can go ahead at full speed.

Selene 92 Ocean Explorer Yacht under construction at Selene Yachts

Selene 92 Ocean Explorer Yacht under construction at Selene Yachts' facilities

The interior and exterior of the new Selene 92 Ocean Explorer yacht come from the drawing table of the renowned designer Guido de Groot, and will be both modern and luxurious. The large salon will appear even more spacious thanks to the large windows in the superstructure, which will let in extraordinary amounts of light while also affording great views. The wheelhouse will be well thought-through and ergonomic, and will comprise remote controls for all systems. The view to the outside will be open, as could be expected from a pedigree explorer yacht, and several cameras will provide additional eyes in tough spots.

Rendering of Selene 92 Ocean Explorer superyacht

Rendering of Selene 92 Ocean Explorer superyacht

Selene Yachts expect to deliver the Selene 92 Ocean Explorer superyacht in the spring of 2014.

Below is a choice of the luxurious charter yachts built by Selene Yachts.

Jet-Tern Marine working on first Selene 78 Ocean Explorer Yacht

November 14, 2013

Jet-Tern Marine, the Chinese partner of Guido de Groot Design in the Netherlands, commenced engineering work on the new Selene 78 Ocean Explorer yacht several months ago. The partnership has already produced the mould for the first motor yacht Selene 78 Ocean Explorer. This represents a landmark moment as the yacht is the first Selene 78 from Selene Yachts’ Ocean Explorer line. In addition to the Selene 78, Jet-Tern Marine is also presently working on the new superyacht Selene 92 Ocean Explorer.

The mould for the first Selene 78 Ocean Explorer yacht

The mould for the first Selene 78 Ocean Explorer yacht

The new Selene 78 yacht is being built for a North American customer and is slated for delivery in the summer of 2015. Her extensive range and stylish interior make this trawler yacht ideal for long voyages in luxury and comfort.

Selene 78 Ocean Explorer Yacht

Selene 78 Ocean Explorer Yacht

The first Selene 78 Ocean Explorer yacht has a length of almost 24 metres and a beam of 6.50 metres. Her volume is greater than many yachts of a similar length thanks to the round bilge and deep hull form and her cruiser stern. These features are also responsible for the yacht’s excellent seagoing sailing properties and relatively low fuel consumption.

Luxury yacht Selene 78 Ocean Explorer - aft view

Luxury yacht Selene 78 Ocean Explorer - aft view

This exceptional volume also ensures plenty of living and sleeping space on board. The cabins are all very spacious, as are the saloon, galley and wheelhouse. The comfort of the flybridge and sundeck is unprecedented for this class, and complemented by luxurious seating on the foredeck as well as a large dining area on the aft deck.

Selene 78 Ocean Explorer yacht - Interior

Selene 78 Ocean Explorer yacht - Interior

The future owners of a Selene Ocean Explorer will have a great deal of freedom when it comes to the layout and styling of the interior and the exterior. The yachts are semi-custom built, giving clients the ability to attune their new yacht precisely to their personal tastes.

Motor yacht Selene 78 Ocean Explorer - Cabin

Motor yacht Selene 78 Ocean Explorer - Cabin

Below is a choice of the lovely charter yachts by Selene Yachts.

New explorer motor yacht Selene 92 with delivery in Spring 2015

November 01, 2013

The all-new explorer motor yacht Selene 92 is currently under construction at China-based Jet-Tern Marine, a builder of Selene yachts. Works on the 28-metre superyacht Selene 92 are well underway and she is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2015.

Selene 92 Yacht by Selene Yachts

Selene 92 Yacht by Selene Yachts

Luxury yacht Selene 92 employs a traditional displacement yacht hull but with contemporary exterior styling and modern construction techniques. This combination is intended to exploit the advantages of an explorer or expedition yacht in being able to take on the roughest seas with immense range capabilities but also allows the stylish package of a modern luxury super yacht: she is intended for truly Worldwide cruising in style and comfort.

Selene 92 yacht is the result of a multinational collaboration of designers and architects under Howard Chen’s design team leadership. Howard Chen has worked closely with renowned Dutch architect Guido De Groot and a group of International consultants to develop a contemporary take on the long range yacht whilst capitalizing on builder Jet Tern Marine’s high quality construction and reputation for experience and innovation in the displacement yacht sector.

Superyacht Selene 92 - Interior

Superyacht Selene 92 - Interior

A first look at the Selene 92 superyacht shows a number of the Selene family traits with her powerful raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, and bulbous bow. But a contemporary twist is also apparent in the addition of the large side windows in the hull and stainless steel anchor pockets. She takes the simple and proven concept of the fuel efficient and seaworthy long range yacht to a new level of luxury and with all of the advantages of GRP construction.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Selene Yachts.

Jet-Tern Marine – builder of Selene Trawler Yachts

June 27, 2013

Selene Trawler Yachts are constructed by Jet-Tern Marine Group, founded by Howard Chen of Taiwan in 1998, who remains the owner today. Having built over 400 robust trawler yachts for happy owners all over the world, the shipyard has production facilities in Zhuhai as well as Dongguan in China. In partnership with Guido de Groot Design, Jet-Tern Marine has created a new line of Ocean Explorers, namely the Selene 78, 92 and 128 Ocean Explorer yacht. The Selene 78 yacht and superyacht Selene 92 are presently being developed and will be introduced next year.

Jet-Tern Marine - builder of Selene Trawler Yachts

Jet-Tern Marine - builder of Selene Trawler Yachts

Despite the economic downturn, Jet-Tern Marine is thriving. The yard delivered 24 boats in sizes from 40 to 82 feet (12 to 25 metres) in 2012, and will deliver more in 2013. It also currently has an 82-foot (25-metre) Catamaran sailboat designed by Greg Young, a Selene 78, a Selene 92 and a Selene 128 (designed by Guido de Groot and Howard Chen) under construction and slated for delivery in 2013 or 2014.

“Selene Ocean Trawlers have a full displacement hull that ensures comfortable and elegant long-range cruising,” says Chen. “Over 400 have been built for the international market since 1998, with the most popular being the Selene 54, 58 & 60.” Chen is clear about how Selene yachts stand out from the competition.“ Selene Ocean Trawlers are long-range trawlers in a very elegant style. They are distinguished by safety, stability and spacious luxury. Their Deep Hull (DH) concept makes for an engine room with enough head space for easy maintenance and a lower CG for a better stability and performance. What’s more, their impressive price quality ratio makes Selene boats outstanding value.

Selene 78 Yacht - Exterior

Selene 78 Yacht - Exterior

Selene 78 Yacht - Interior

Selene 78 Yacht - Interior

“Most Selene clients are from the Baby Boomer generation, i.e., between 50 and 80 years old. They are now taking the time to relax and enjoy life after a lifetime of achievement and hard work. The Chinese are also changing their lifestyle, although the main buyers in China come from the generation of newly rich entrepreneurs.”

Forward thinking
Jet-Tern Marine is well-known for its desire to embrace the latest technological advances. “We always work together with experienced designers and engineers, ensuring that we are ahead of the curve on technology. We are particularly good at resin vacuum infusion and carbon fibre reinforcement, which we just applied to an 82-foot catamaran designed by Greg Young & ATL Inc. – the hull turned out to be gorgeous.

“As a trained naval architect who also has a master’s degree in architecture, I recognise the importance of constant R&D. We get inquiries from customers from different countries, then study the concept and proceed by means of an international cooperation with designers and naval architects from the Netherlands, the UK, the US, New Zealand, Canada and Italy… JTM’s in-house design team is also strong and used to cooperating with foreign designers. Since 1998, JTM has designed and built over 400 boats in 20 different styles, mostly designed by myself. Our Selene 47 won the Best of the Year Award from Motor Boating Magazine in 2010.

Superyacht Selene 92 - Exterior

Superyacht Selene 92 - Exterior

Motor yacht Selene 92 - Interior

Motor yacht Selene 92 - Interior

“We pay a great deal of attention and resources to R&D so as to develop more advanced and innovative yachts. At the same time, we keep a tight control on costs and always work to increase efficiency. We are continuously building on the reputation of the Selene brand.”

Chen and his yard have a clear strategy when it comes to attracting new orders. “We focus on the four Ps of Product, Price, Promotion & Place. This is combined with expert workmanship and inspired design to build our customers’ dream boats. Costs are carefully controlled without compromising on quality or design.”

Luxury yacht Selene 128 - Exterior

Luxury yacht Selene 128 - Exterior

Location matters
Jet-Tern Marine is a Taiwanese company with its production base in China. Most of its materials and equipment are imported from overseas and Taiwan. The value of Selene Trawler Yachts is already well recognised in the Chinese and global yacht markets. “Although the Chinese yachting industry has only been taking shape over the last four years, many marinas are under construction and the yacht market is starting to boom,” continues Chen.

“Hong Kong and Singapore have a Chinese culture and a much higher number of yachts per person, so China is likely to become a huge market soon. However, there is still much room for improvement in terms of yacht management standards and regulations. More and more Chinese people enjoy the sea now, especially in the city of Sanya on Hainan, a tropical island in southern China, which is increasingly positioning itself as an international tourist destination. Organised every year in April, the Hainan Rendezvous is China’s largest boat show.

Selene Trawler Yachts under construction at Jet-Tern Marine

Selene Trawler Yachts under construction at Jet-Tern Marine

“While China is still lacking in yachting infrastructure, this is swiftly being remedied, with many marinas under construction in various provinces. The government supports and encourages the yachting sector, which has been dubbed a ‘Rising Sun Industry’. Many of our key components and materials, such as engines, gensets, foam core, fibreglass and navigation equipment, are imported from overseas or from Taiwan. The supply chain is essential to production and quality, so any delays have an adverse effect on efficiency. Luckily, JTM’s two yards in Zhuhai and Dongguan are both in easily reachable locations, making for very convenient supply and transportation of goods.”

Construction of Selene 92 Ocean Explorer Yacht well underway

May 24, 2013

The construction of the magnificent Selene 92 Ocean Explorer yacht by Selene Yachts is in full swing at Jet-Tern Marine in China. Scheduled for delivery to her American owner in Spring 2014, motor yacht Selene 92 Ocean Explorer is entirely designed by acclaimed Guido de Groot Design.

Selene 92 Ocean Explorer Yacht by Selene Yachts

Selene 92 Ocean Explorer Yacht by Selene Yachts

The client, Guido de Groot and the yard have had numerous consultations on the detailing of the Selene 92 Ocean Explorer yacht, and the designers again visited the shipyard in China a few weeks ago to discuss progress.

Selene 92 Ocean Explorer Yacht - Saloon

Selene 92 Ocean Explorer Yacht - Saloon

The hull, deck and superstructure of superyacht Selene 92 Ocean Explorer have since been completed and the yard has started preparations for the construction of various installations. The experienced interior craftsmen at Jet-Tern Marine have now also begun fitting the interior.

Construction of Selene 92 Ocean Explorer Yacht

Construction of Selene 92 Ocean Explorer Yacht at Jet-Tern Marine in China

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts with design by Guido de Groot.

Images of Ocean Explorer Series Yacht Selene 92 Hull Release

January 15, 2013

The Jet Tern Marine shipyard in Zuhai, China is currently working on the first two Selene 92 yachts, which are both scheduled for launch in mid-2014. Measuring 28 meters in length, the beautiful motor yacht Selene 92 belongs to the Selene Yachts‘ Ocean Explorer series. She is designed with long range cruising in mind by renowned Dutch designer, Guido de Groot.

Rendering of Ocean Explorer series yacht Selene 92 by Selene Yachts

Rendering of Ocean Explorer series yacht Selene 92 by Selene Yachts

Below are images of the Ocean Explorer series yacht Selene 92 hull release.

Luxury expedition yacht Selene 92 hull release

Luxury expedition yacht Selene 92 hull release

Hull of the 28m Selene 92 superyacht

Hull of the 28m Selene 92 superyacht

Hull of Selene 92 yacht - front view

Hull of Selene 92 yacht - front view

Hull of motor yacht Selene 92 - side view

Hull of motor yacht Selene 92 - side view

The first two Ocean Explorer series motor yachts Selene 92 by Selene Yachts in build

June 15, 2012

The first two motor yachts Selene 92 belonging to the Ocean Explorer series are currently in build by the Dutch shipyard Selene Yachts and works are in full swing on their hull plug as well as tooling. With the first sales concluded at the Cannes Boatshow on the French Riviera, the second Selene 92 superyacht will be launched on the American West-Coast.

Ocean Explorer series motor yacht Selene 92 by Selene Yachts

Ocean Explorer series motor yacht Selene 92 by Selene Yachts

The luxury yacht Selene 92 employs a traditional displacement yacht hull but with contemporary exterior styling and modern construction techniques. This combination is intended to exploit the advantages of an explorer or expedition vessel in being able to take on the roughest seas with immense range capabilities but also allows the stylish package of a modern luxury super yacht: she is intended for truly Worldwide cruising in style and comfort.

The Ocean Explorer series superyacht Selene 92 is the result of a multinational collaboration of designers and architects under Howard Chen’s design team leadership. Howard Chen has worked closely with renowned Dutch architect Guido De Groot and a group of International consultants to develop a contemporary take on the long range yacht whilst capitalizing on builder Jet Tern Marine’s high quality construction and reputation for experience and innovation in the displacement yacht sector.

Guido de Groot: “we have combined style, functionality and strength in one coherent design” A first look at the 92 yacht shows a number of the Selene family traits with her powerful raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, and bulbous bow. But a contemporary twist is also apparent in the addition of the large side windows in the hull and stainless steel anchor pockets.

Selene 92 takes the simple and proven concept of the fuel efficient and seaworthy long range yacht to a new level of luxury and with all of the advantages of GRP construction.

Exclusive interview with luxury super yacht designer Guido de Groot of Guido de Groot Design

September 26, 2011

Since 1997 Guido de Groot Design studio has been creating beautiful and innovative superyacht interiors and exteriors. Their extensive portfolio includes a selection of both motor yacht and sailing yacht designs, including the stunning 39 metre Feadship charter yacht Kathleen Anne, the 39m Jongert superyacht Lucia M and the elegant interior of the charter yacht Gitana. In this exclusive interview we asked Guido de Groot about his work, influences as well as current and future concepts. You can read about one of their latest projects, the Selene 128 Ocean Explorer superyacht and find out about Guido de Groot Design’s current project – the Jongert 500LE motor yacht.

Luxury yacht designer Guido de Groot

Luxury yacht designer Guido de Groot

CharterWorld: Guido de Groot Design was founded in 1997.  You have previously worked as a car designer for an important car manufacturing company in France. What inspired you to move into the yachting industry?

Guido de Groot: My interest for large yachts started rather late. I believe I was around 20 years old when I had the chance to visit ”the Highlander” –  a 46m Dutch built yacht, designed by the late Jon Bannenberg. You could say that since that day I started drawing yachts in parallel with my career in car design. After working for seven years in the car industry, and could say that I designed cars that went in production, I decided to start a new career as a yacht designer.

CW:  At a glance, the two design fields seem to be somewhat different. What influence had the car design experience on your current work and what are the similarities when it comes to both?

GdG: Regarding the exterior aesthetics, both cars and yachts are 3d objects in motion that in most cases sell because of their looks. They need a good understanding of 3d surface development by the designer, together with attention to detail. For this reason you can find a lot of car designers that also have moved on to designing yachts. I would also like to mention, that being trained as a car designer gives you a good ability to present your designs in a professional and clear way to clients.

CW:  Faced with a new project, you must have a number of ideas run through your mind. What is the first step taken when creating a new yacht design?

GdG: Each project starts with several meetings with our client. First, we need to get a good understanding of what the client wants and needs. When we have a better understanding of the project, the first steps  taken are sketching, sketching and sketching. In general, at the beginning of a project it is important that you are not afraid of a white sheet of paper.  The exploration of ideas is quite free; we wish to push the boundaries and at all times produce good and interesting solutions.

CW:  Where do you draw your ideas from?

GdG: I would almost say that the designs just happen. In general, I am not looking for influences when I start designing. I do get however, influenced a lot by my clients themselves, their way of living, thinking. I had the chance to work for some fantastic clients and I am proud of having created the fulfillment of their dreams.

CW:  Your work is being recognized worldwide. What, in your opinion, sets Guido de Groot Design apart from other design companies?

GdG: We are very versatile in our projects and not afraid to take on new approaches. The variety and scope of the projects reflects the fact that our company is flexible; the projects range from the futuristic to the traditional, but behind all of these, there is a cohesive and unifying style.

CW: What are the main aspects taken into consideration during a yacht design process?

GdG: Firstly you need to be aware that what you design also has to be built by the yard (so it needs understanding of the yards strengths and limitations) and secondly, you need to be able communicate your ideas and designs effectively to the client and yard. Our strong point in the development of the yacht is that we develop the yachts with 3d computer programs allowing us to make visuals for both the exterior and interior of the yacht. This way we make it much easier for the client to get an idea of what the potential boat will look like, long before the vessel has begun its construction.

CW:  Nowadays, we see many futuristic yacht designs emerging from young designers. Do you see this trend becoming popular with the clients or do they still prefer a more down to earth, timeless design?

GdG: You can not really talk about yachts as something being very general. There will always be several different types of yachts, ranging from fast yachts to large displacement yachts. Some with traditional looks and others will be futuristic. Those types of yacht styles evolve, but their function is to entertain their owners and guests. Yachts change as their users expectations and demands change. What they will look like in let say 20 years depends for a large part on this. At the moment it is, for instance, important for people to be close to the water, which is achieved by folding out balconies and terraces. Also, submarines on board are starting to become popular. Accommodating these “toys” and other items will affect the layouts and appearances of future yachts. Needless to say, that a change in regulations will affect their designs, as well.

CW:   Another important issue is the ecology and environment. Your latest projects include the 27m and the 34m hybrid propulsion superyacht concepts. Is there a large demand for ‘environmentally friendly’ superyachts amongst the owners?

GdG: You could say that Green Design for superyachts as such is not necessarily important because of the small number of superyachts worldwide. But Green Design has to be seen as a global issue. A lot of ideas that can come out of the ideas gained from super yachts can find their way in other green solutions for ships in general. Sea transport is still a very polluting business. We also noticed that there is a group of superyacht owners that is very interested in “green technology” because of their background in entrepreneurship in modern technology.

CW: New materials, products and features are coming out each year. What do you think does the future hold for superyacht owners, when it comes to superyacht interior/exterior design? Are there any new and exciting materials that we can expect to see in the near future?

GdG: Together with artists and craftsmen we are constantly developing new ways of using materials and surfaces that can be used for our designs. It is one of the fun parts of our job.

The Selene 128 motor yacht – An Ocean Explorer Yacht by Guido De Groot Design

The Selene 128 motor yacht – An Ocean Explorer Yacht by Guido De Groot Design

CW:  The Selene 128 Ocean Explorer Yacht is perhaps the most recent yacht design launched by Guido de Groot. What makes superyacht Selene 128 unique and different from other explorers?

GdG: The Selene 128 is showing the expansion of the yard in to the Luxury Yacht market the best. She will be produced next to the well known Selene Ocean Trawlers yachts, for which the yard is well known worldwide. It is also the second project between Guido de Groot Design and Selene Yachts in this new range of yachts, which started with the Selene 92 – with the first yachts currently under construction.

The Selene 128 has the same typical eye-catching lines that are shown on the Selene 92. Only the Selene 128 is a true four deck motor yacht. The displacement hull has the typical Selene hull characteristics with a large beam in the middle and a narrow elegant transom giving it proportions that will appeal to the American market in particular. At the same timer, her stylish look and sharp bow angle will make her a yacht that will do well on the Asian and European market, as well. The yacht has a very large swimming platform that can be used for entertainment or for storage of water toys and is attached to a large lazarette, which can be used to store other diving gear. The main tender will be stored on the bridge deck.

CW:  Antoine de Saint Exupéry once said: ” A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing to left to add, but when there is nothing left to take off.” Would you agree with this quote and at what point can you say, that the design is complete?

GdG: As a designer of superyachts you are always facing the problem of the “size”.  I would say a perfect yacht is well designed when everything is exactly designed accordingly to her size. It happens too often, that people say the yacht is very nice,  but it should be little bit larger to accommodate all her features properly. For this reason it is very important right at the beginning and before the construction should start, that the designers are clear with their clients about the real dimensions on board.

CW:   Customer’s wishes and requirements are very important. How do you find the right balance when it comes to these, your own beliefs and ideas, and the collaboration with the shipyard?

GdG: The customers’ wishes and requirements are what yacht design and yacht building is all about. A client will come to us because he believes we are the right people to put his wishes and requirements best into a concept that can be built. Together with the owner, naval architect, project manager and shipyard we are part of a team. We are open-minded towards anybody involved in the project in order to create a yacht everyone will be proud of at the end.

CW:  Are there any new super yacht projects from Guido de Groot design that you are currently working on? If so, would you like to share some information with our readers?

GdG: We are working currently on designs of the Jongert 500LE yacht, a 50m vessel, which construction will start soon.  Powerful, long, sleek sculptured lines are the main characteristics of the exterior design of this yacht. We tried to accentuate the length of the boat. Besides already having lots of outdoor recreation areas, special features have been created to have the indoor areas become part of the exterior areas by the use of sliding doors and folding out balconies. Also, the rear garage door can fold out onto the sea in order to become a huge terrace.

A completely different project is that of the interior design of a 40m Motor Sailing Yacht currently under construction at the Mengi Yay Shipyard in Turkey according to the designs of Ginton Naval Architects. At the moment we have 8 yacht projects over 24m under construction or with construction starting soon. Furthermore,  we are working on several yacht projects under 24m.

The Jongert 500 LE motor yacht by Guido de Groot Design

The Jongert 500 LE motor yacht by Guido de Groot Design

CW:  As a successful world renowned designer, what advice would you give to the emerging designers willing to enter the yachting industry?

GdG: I think it is important that emerging designers are aware of Yacht Design not being only about “the looks”, but also in what way the yacht will be used and how it will be constructed. They need a very good understanding of yachts in general.


Selene 92 “Ocean Explorer” Motor Yacht Series unveiled

October 18, 2010

Selene Ocean Trawlers have unveiled the new Selene 92 “Ocean Explorer” range that has been very well received as the Selene brand consolidates upon its successful “Ocean Trawler”’ concept to move into the 24 M + category of displacement motor yachts .

Selene 92 "Ocean Explorer" Series

Selene 92 "Ocean Explorer" Series

“The Selene 92 “Ocean Explorer” is the result of an International collaboration of designers and architects under Howard Chen’s design team leadership. Working closely with renowned Dutch architect Guido De Groot and a group of International consultants we have developed a contemporary take on the long range yacht whilst capitalizing on builder Jet Tern Marines quality construction and reputation for experience and innovation in the displacement yacht sector.”

A first look at the 92 shows a number of the Selene family traits with her powerful raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, and bulbous bow. But a contemporary twist is also apparent in the addition of the large side windows in the hull and stainless steel anchor pockets.

She takes the simple and proven concept of the fuel efficient and seaworthy long range yacht to a new level of luxury and with all of the advantages of GRP construction.

The first of the Selene 92 “Ocean Explorer “Series is now under construction and work is well underway on her hull plug and tooling.

The first of the Selene 92 “Ocean Explorer “Series is now under construction and work is well underway on her hull plug and tooling.

The first of the Selene 92 “Ocean Explorer “Series is now under construction and work is well underway on her hull plug and tooling.

The first sale of the series was concluded at the recent Cannes boat show on the French Riviera and she will be delivered in 2012 to the Mediterranean where she is expected to debut at the Monaco Yacht Show.

The first ordering customers are a US based partnership who were impressed with the design’s mixture of contemporary styling and sea going capability.

Selene 92 “Ocean Explorer" Series by Selene Ocean Trawlers

Selene 92 “Ocean Explorer" Series by Selene Ocean Trawlers