The technical design of our Selene 60 Ocean Trawler has been the result of endless hours of research on top of the experience of living on board our sailboat for the last six years. In our technical library, we’ll share with you the decisions we have made and the reasons for them. We’ll also share some of our design documents and the research sources which led to our conclusions. The library will grow as we finalise the boat and pull together the documentation – we hope you find it useful and feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss anything we cover.
The Selene 60 comes with the basic equipment as standard – and we did decide to keep some of that. However, every piece of equipment on the boat has been thought about, analysed and chosen to fit with our requirements. We’ve spent lots of years living aboard our sail-boat so we had a pretty good idea of what we did and didn’t want. When it came to our technical design we had clear requirements.
For some people, our Selene 60 will be a nightmare! There are many who advocate the “keep it simple” approach but we have never been among them. We prefer to have the tools and gadgets to make our life easier and more comfortable – and to make it possible to be fully independent. It does depend on the level of your own technical skills as it is true to say that everything breaks on a boat. The more equipment you have, the more there is to go wrong – you have to be able to repair it yourself and understand how it all works. For this reason, the technical design is our own – we researched and specified what we wanted, and we understand every component on the boat.
This approach made it much more difficult for the shipyard who underestimated many things and did not fully understand some of the concepts we were trying to achieve. This is why our boat took longer to build than it should have done – and why Ed needed to spend so much time at the yard. Although at times it was very stressful, we like to think that Jet Tern learnt some things from us which will help them build better boats for other clients in the future!
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