47 — By Capt. Stuart Reininger
— July 2000
Finally, Everyman's Ship
|The Selene 47 goes to sea, then keeps going.|
Have you ever gazed up at the captain of a ship--a real ship--as he leans over the coaming of his bridge deck, way up there, and oversees his world? Sure you have, and for a fleeting moment, your Walter Mitty emerged and you saw yourself in complete charge of a floating behemoth and of all those who keep it afloat and functioning. That's the nature of boaters--we always aspire to the next step up, not just in size, but in function.
Well, it's probably unlikely that you will soon conn a 900-foot bulk carrier. But step from the pilothouse onto the wing deck of the new Selene 47 Ocean Trawler, and while you're leaning over that varnished coaming--on most of us about midchest high--you'll get a darn good feel for what you're missing. And that feeling is no illusion, either. This hefty (44,500-pound displacement) ballasted trawler is designed to roam the same waters the big guys do. And with her 1,000-gallon fuel capacity feeding diesel to her easy-sippin' single 220-hp keel-cooled Cummins 6BT5.9M1, you'll go about as far as they do, too. Thanks to a better than 2,500-mile range, there are a lot of fuel docks you won't visit.
Okay, that's about it for big-ship comparisons. The Selene 47's flawless vinylester-resined, gelcoated hull is about as far as you can get from the rust-streaked and battered sides of your basic bulk carrier. You won't get to the next port as quickly either. That Cummins cruises the Selene at about 12 mph at 2000 rpm and pushes her to 15 mph at a wide open throttle of 2600 rpm. You'll probably get a couple of more mph if you plunk down an additional $36,475 for twin 220-hp Cummins, but considering the Selene's displacement hull, the added speed won't amount to much.
Naturally, in a displacement hull like this--especially in one designed to go far offshore--the greatest advantage of twins is the get-home advantage in the unlikely event one engine goes down. Of course, the single-engine configuration does not have that capability, but for an additional $30,563 you can opt for a Yanmar 3JH3E 36-hp diesel geared to the main shaft that can be clutched on line in an emergency. Also, her 12-kW Westerbeke genset is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine. It wouldn't be a great stretch of imagination, or technology, to consider an aftermarket conversion of that Westerbeke to get-home power.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.