Gone without wind – cruising the World in our Selene 60 Ocean Trawler

Welcome to MV Destiny!

Selene 60 Ocean Trawler – Hull 6043

Gone without Wind …. around the world

Welcome to MV Destiny – our Selene 60 Ocean Trawler. Our blog takes you through the design and construction of our new Selene 60 Ocean Trawler at the shipyard in China from signing the order in May 2018 to the final delivery in 2022. We’ve had some trials and tribulations during the build – including the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic on our build process. Our blogs will follow us as we cruise the world, starting in the Far East. We also include a technical library of the equipment on board to give a full background of our design process and the decisions we have made along the way.
Ed and Christine van Zadelhoff

Latest News

Boat Testing on Sea Trial

Boat Delays and Quarantine

Destiny STILL not delivered Almost a year ago to the day, I wrote a blog with an update on our boat. At that time, we had no idea how long we would be separated and when …
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Ed in Hong Kong Lockdown

Building a Boat in Lockdown

Here we are in April 2021 and it still seems we are no closer to getting together again and taking delivery of Destiny from the boat yard. Building a boat in lockdown has proved …
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Design and Planning

Selene Factory Visit Number #2

The time arrives for our next quarterly factory visit to Selene in China.  This is always an exciting time when we will get to see and feel the boat in the flesh!  This particular visit …
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Deck Join

Deck Join is a Key Milestone

September 2018 sees Destiny start to look like a real boat! The deck finishes cooking in its mould and towards the end of the month everything is ready to be joined together. The …
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Fibreglass Hull and Deck Construction

So we have the lower hull structure – but that’s only part of the boat! The next step in the manufacturing process is to laminate the upper half – or deck. This …
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Hull Release

Our Selene 60 Trawler is Born!

The day has finally come when we get to see our new Selene 60 trawler for the first time. We’re excited to be able to witness the release of the hull!  We have no …
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First Factory Trip to Jet Tern China

Finally the time came for us to make the long awaited trip to China – but in true Zadelhoff style, nothing is ever simple.  Once again, we were travelling from different places with me living …
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Lying the Hull

Laying the Hull of Selene 6043

As soon as the deposit was paid, Jet Tern started the build process of our new Selene straight away.  They prepared the mould for the classic Selene 60 Trawler and laminating began.  One of our …
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Dreams Come True Our Journey

Our Selene Journey Begins

Our Selene journey began in May 2018 when we suddenly realised we had finally saved enough money to bring our dream to life.  I have spent most of those 10 years trying not to think …
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Technical Design – Selene 6043

Basic Boat Specification

– Facts and Figures
– Standard Design
– Layout Options

Hull & Superstructure

– Laying the hull
– Superstructure
– Decks
– Anti-fouling
– Hull painting
– Outside Spaces

Machinery & Hydraulics

– Engine
– Generators
– Stabilisation
– Thrusters
– Propellor and Rudder
– Get-home system

Electrical Systems

– Rationale and Objectives
– System Overview
– Components of the System
– Lithium Battery Banks
– Solar Power
– Shore Power Worldwide

Water Systems

– Fresh Water System
– Water Maker
– Waste Water System
– Black Water System
– Bilge Pumps and Crash Pump
– Anchor and Deck Wash


– Rationale and Objectives
– Navigation Electronics
– Ships Management System
– Security Systems
– Entertainment Systems
– Office and Communications

Exterior Equipment

– Anchor, Chain and Winches
– Passerelle & Swim Deck
– Safety Equipment
– Dinghy and Crane
– Flybridge Galley
– Gadgets

Interior Comfort

– Air Conditioning and Heating
– Carpentry
– Galley
– Bathrooms and Heads
– Soft Furnishings
– Lighting

Tools & Spare Parts

– Rationale and Objectives
– Storage Spaces
– Spare Parts