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Selene 66 (73 Feet)

Listed on Yachtworld and available for inspection from Singapore.

At 73 feet in length and very highly spec’ed this is a serious offshore Passage Maker or Coastal Cruiser.

Capable of extended cruising without having to put into port thanks to large fuel capacity, great economy and an impressive list of equipment.
Water Maker, Trash Compactor, Stabilisers, Gensets x 2 , Air Conditioning, Washer, Dryer, Hydraulic bow and stern thrusters and a walk in engine room to name a few.

The full living and dining area of the Selene 66 is on the saloon level and is entered from the cockpit. Owners will enjoy three staterooms with crew quarters aft of the engine room and all staterooms have ensuite heads. The full width master stateroom is complete with a large ensuite, full length closets, and writing desk. The flybridge can be accessed from the stairway in the pilothouse. The Selene 66 flybridge allows for extended deck space that can accommodate a large tender as well as a perfect platform to fish, dive and just relax on.

Machinery spaces aboard are easily accessed through a transom door or main saloon and the engine room features full standing headroom up to 6’2”. All major components are within reach for ease of maintenance. In addition to clean engine room spaces, a massive lazarette includes washer and dryer units stored under a workbench.

Like all Selene yachts, she features fabulous interior woodwork, exotic granite, a selection of glamorous draperies and fabrics, as well as high quality European lighting and interior fittings. She is designed for extended cruising in style, comfort and safety.

  • General

  • Year: 2008
  • Price: $ POA
  • Price Details: + GST & Duty
  • Boat Type: Power
  • Boat Type Detail: Trawler
  • Location: Offshore
  • Hull Material: GRP
  • Engine/Fuel: Diesel
  • ID No: #1322
  • Dimensions:

  • LOA: 73′ 5″ ft / 22.38 m
  • LWL: 62′ 3″ ft / 18.98 m
  • Beam: 18′ 8″ ft / 5.69 m
  • Draft: 6′ 4″ ft / 1.93 m
  • Displacement: 70.25 Tonnes
  • Engines:

  • No. of Engines: 1
  • Engine(s) HP: 610 HP
  • Engine Brand: Cummins QSM11
  • Cruising Speed: 10 kn
  • Max Speed: 12 kn
  • Hours: 1301
  • Builder/Designer:

  • Builder: Jet Tern Marine
  • Designer: Howard Chen
  • Tankage:

  • Fuel: 9,841 L
  • Water: 2,271 L
  • Holding: 870 L

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The Boat is sold and delivered. That’s all good and all part of the plan, but a few irks !

After I bought the boat (ordered 2006, delivered 2007) I bought an apartment (2007) next to the Marina I kept the boat at. I always dreamed of living there and being able to look out the window to see how the boat was doing. Well I had to wait five years for the builder to complete all 1,100 apartments of the development, and in any case I’d decided to rent out the place, and well now the boat is Sold.

However now I see the new owner keeps her in the same Marina, in a berth just right in front of my apartment balcony !

Anyway no hard feelings, she is a great boat and she served me well for more than five years.

Why sell her then ? Well boating ideas change, and as boats get older they need more maintenance, and breakdowns will become more of a nuisance.

There is a phrase you often see on Yachtworld or anywhere with Used Boat ads, “Better than New”, that always means that the owner has “broken her in” and well ….fixed everything that crapped out for whatever reason after the boat was delivered.

I guess in the US or Australia, you just call the dealer and set a date for them to drop by to take a look. But when you buy direct from the Manufacturer, and they don’t have any servicing agent where you are based, well you deal with it yourself, and frankly that is the way I prefer it.

To their credit whenever I had a failure of an item under warranty (and even outside warranty), if they could, then Maritimo Australia would just send me a replacement by courier; No Questions.

But obviously there are times with things that you just have to deal with it yourself. I’ve done that for five years, and in the process always fixed or repaired/replaced anything that was broken or just wasn’t quite right. That might mean I fixed it or I got the guys whose work I trust to get onboard and work on it. (Well actually more of the latter)

I’ve always also determined that the boat should be kept clean and the Hull well polished. Gel coat is meant to shine so you can see your reflection ! That’s a lot of work, and mostly all done by hired help, but I think it’s worth it. Also she has been lifted out every year and antifouled regardless. Engines serviced with Lubes & all Filters changed annually regardless of the hours, and done by the Caterpillar agent.

Again that is a lot of work and expense, but when you go out in your boat, you want to be confident and relaxed that everything is in the best shape.

Is it all worth it ?

Obviously the guy who bought her thinks so, given he came up with a winning offer.

Good luck to him and I hope he has an enjoyable ownership of her. I believe she will be used by his family mostly for fishing around the region. He’s keeping the name AVA LON, which I like as there a strong reason behind the name, and that way I will always have a connection with her.

To the new owners, Fair Winds & Tight Lines !

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When we spent a night at Ao Nang/Rai Lei beach we were unfortunate to have some really unseasonal weather blow through from the South. 

When we anchored there earlier in the day it was obvious that the seas were coming from the West, which was definitely not in the script. Once all the longtails had finally stopped for the day, and the locally induced swell & waves had settled down the boat was still moving around a bit, but it was OK, and we reckoned we could still handle it and catch some sleep.

Part of the reason for that was that it was clear that the Anchor was well and truly set in the sandy bottom, and that we were well anchored.

Later as dusk strangely approached from the South West with an intense black sky, we expected to get a ‘passing’ squall and suspended cooking for an hour. As it turned out we got much more than that !

When the leading edge hit us the wind speed was immediately over 20 knots and gusting to 26 and above. It was at this stage the dinghy was blown off it’s stand, and across the deck. It had not been securely fastened down after using it earlier in the day.

It was an epic struggle to get her secured down again; effectively we had to release all the remaining straps then man-handle her back in into her chocks and lash her down with ropes to the foredeck side rails and get the tie down straps secure again. The dingy with motor must weigh around 180Kg and the boat was rocking at least 15-20 degrees back and forth with 20knots ++ whistling past our ears.

In any event here is a shot of the Anchor track of that night taken as a screen shot some time later that week. 

If you know how to read these tracks it tells it’s own story. Firstly the wind was consistently strong the whole night blowing from the the South/South West round to from the East. We delineated a nice circumference as a track. You can see our track as we came in from the West to anchor, stopped, dropped the anchor, drifted with the wind and seas and then tensioned up on the anchor, going astern with the engines after the snubber line was set on the anchor chain.

After the initial wind front had hit us and then abated to 10 to 14 knots we were then just waiting for everything to calm down and  to get back to normal.

Unfortunately it did not work out that way, and the next front brought winds that gusted to around 29 knots. From there on in we had wind blowing anywhere from around 14 knots up to the mid twenties the whole night, and the boat continued to move around quite a bit.

About dawn the wind had veered round to from the North East and brought sudden and intense gusts peaking at 29.4 knots. It was then with the wind at about 150 degrees off the anchor set that the anchor finally broke free, dragged, and then reset back into the sand.

You can see the track of this in the small excursion to the S West. The N East winds calmed and died away as quickly as they had started. 

Thankfully all onboard managed to get sleep during the night;some more than others, and nobody was the worse for wear, including the Dinghy ! We had an anchor watch till around midnight and then did checks every hour or as “required”. It is amazing how even when subconcious you can sense a change is the boat movement or ‘conditions’.

In any event the storm that passed that night caused a bit of havoc eleswhere. Here is a Photo of Ichi Ban on the beach the next morning. She was anchored at Kata Beach in preparations for the Kings Cup Regatta.


She was refloated later and despite having to drop and fix her rudder whilst afloat in the Marina in a race against time to make the start, she went on to get a creditable placing in her class.

After Ao Nang and Rai Lei we made our way to PhiPhi Islands and had a much more peaceful few nights, there in the protected Ton Sai Bay.

Together with AVA LON we have been underway in worse weather, but this was the most exposed we have been at anchor and it was great to see the anchor system hold up to the punishment it had that night and come through safe and secure.

Also great for my two boys to get their sea legs tested, and to gain a few stories to tell their buddies when back at school.












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We left Telaga Harbour, Langkawi after taking fuel and completing outward clearances and made our way up towards Phuket with an overnight stop at Koh Rok Island Group. More on that Later. Weather for the day was overcast with Ocean Swell coming from the west, which varied from half to one metre.

The next day the swell was down, but NE winds kicked in. We made a pit stop at Chalong for inward clearances and then berthed later in the day at AoPo Grand Marina, Phuket, Thailand.

The overnight stop at Koh Rok, was ‘rolly’ as the ongoing swell still found it’s way round to the east of the Islands. Between that and the numerous shallow coral heads to watch out for, it was not the peaceful night we wished for.

Upon departure at first light, and after a night of wallowing and rolling around, we’ve inducted Koh Rok into the Hall Of Fame, and it shall henceforth be known as Koh RocknRoll.

Sawwadee Kap

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