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Grace & Strength



"For the 20th Anniversary of Selene Yachts, we are reviving on of our legendary boats; the Selene 36, which was inspired by the iconic Grand Banks 36, one of the most successful boats ever built but no longer in production for decades.  In 1998, I already paid my first hommmage to this beautiful and timeless yacht discontinued by Grand Banks.  Twenty years later, the Getaway is a brand new yacht inspired by our legendary Selene 36, but with substantial changes in design, like the new windscreen, improved layout, technical enhancements and building processes leading to a better cost control.  We are excited to offer this Limited Edition which will be fully equipped, ready to explore, at the unbelievable price of USD $348,800 brand new straight from the shipyard."

Howard Chen, Selene Yachts CEO

Selene Yachs Howard Chen Jon Dante Dominic Dlec

Left to right: Dominic Dlec (VP Selene Yachts), Howard Chen (CEO Selene Yachts), Jon Paul Dante (Director, Dream Nautical).

Selene Voyager 36 Getaway

Conceived and born recently on Howard Chen's drawing board, the Selene 36 Getaway is the 2018 modernised revival of on of the most popular Selene Yachts launched fifteen years ago: the Selene Voyager 36.  Having designed and built more than 400 dream boats for navigators from all walks of life, many of whom had never even contemplated sailing across an ocean, this yacht is the conjunction of twenty years of know-how and extensive knowledge of the market.  With moderate length overall, beauty and affordability being the primary concerns of this boat, the first of its series will be started in the Selene shipyards in early September 2018.


There are two common sayings in the yachting world.  That boats are big holes in the water, into which the owner pours money, and that the two happiest days of a yacht owner's life is the day he buys the boat, and the day he sells it.  We, Selene people, believe these axioms are negated if a yacht owner finds the right boat for the intended purpose. Hence the Selene Getaway, a multipurpose classic yacht!


Although the smallest yacht in the brand, this boat has everything a bigger Selene has.  A proven and EC certified offshore hull, a practical seagoing layout with two staterooms, two heads, a beautiful Herreshoff style interior, and the highest engineering standards.  Re-inventing the wheel is very seldom a rewarding exercise, and with the years of experience that Selene Yachts has accumulated in the industry, its engineers have an excellent grasp of what works, and what doesn't...  And that, down to the smallest details!  The Selene Getaway is a classic in essence, but a classic to perfection!  The Selene shipyard does with this boat what it knows best, and it does it well; a graceful boat, comfortable, crew-friendly, solid and which will retain its beauty and value over the years and miles.

Keeping to the spirit of timeless yachts, Selene has not broken with its tradition of classic finishings, and no fibreglass is visible inside a Selene Getaway...  Wood is everywhere, in all its simplicity and natural elegance.  After all, Forests are on the elements alongside Earth, Water, and Air, and stands for strength and flexibility, and is associated with the qualities of warmth, comfort and idealism.  Like all other Selene boats, the Getaway will not wrinkle with age, and will never look like a derelict floating travel trailer!


Unlike most of the under 40-foot power boats found on the European or American market, which are sometimes unduly referred to as trawlers in an attempt to be trendy, while not actually deserving the label with a range of 300NM at cruise speed, Selene shipyard has remained faithful to its famous and proven displacement hull, allowing for a moderate, but sufficient and economical, cruising speed of nine knots.  When the choice is to go fast, or to go far, Selene has always chosen to prioritise distance.  Long-distance sailing plans, extended sojourns at far-away anchorages, and adventurous explorations at the slow and reassuring pace of the ebb and flow of the tides are part of the Selene lifestyle.  A famous French novelist, Paul Morand, wrote that 'at sea, the first thing to fall overboard is time...'  Selene sailors love to travel peacefully with their family and friends, discover coves and river mouths, read the latest novel in a comfortable cockpit chair, listening to music and drinking a glass of Chateau Lynch-Bages at anchor.  This is the Selene lifestyle, our captains don't brag along the beaches at 40 knots, they enjoy the slow lane, and most importantly, Selene owners don't want to ruin themselves in a marina with a big boat they don't really need, or at the fuel station! All boaters dream of fuel tanksthat can last a whole season, and the Getaway is made for that very purpose, keep her owner happy...


But enough of the philosophy behind the vessel... Let's go and take a peek inside the Getaway.  From the port side, past the watertight door to the saloon, one finds the warm atmosphere of a classic cruiser.  To starboard is a dinette with a settee and a table large enough for the entire crew.  On the port side, on finds the galley with plenty of storage, a refrigerator and a marine stove with an oven.  What else could one possibly wish for while at sea?  There is hardly a need to reproduce a cottage kitchen on a yacht!  Better stay ashore if one seeks such landlubber's lifestyle.  As talented Chicago Bauhaus architect, Mies Van der Rohe, used to say, that Less is more, we, Selene people, believe he was right...

Howard Chen Selene yachts CEO

The helm station, slightly elevated with a 360 degree commanding view, is located in the forward section of the saloon to starboard with another watertight access door to the side deck, facilitating singlehanded docking and anchoring manoeuvres.  Simplicity and logic are the primary concerns in the design of this boat.  The dashboard has enough space for a convenient array of navigation instruments, including compass, chartplotter, fuel guages, VHF and engine controls.  Under the twin helmsman seat, the electric panel clearly identifies and controls all the boat's services.  On the lower deck, four steps down forward, the Selene Getaway offers a guest cabin with a wide V-berth and a private head with electric toilet.  Four steps down aft, it's the amazing full-beam master cabin with an island bed, tons of storage and even a washing machine.  The head is comfortable with electric toilet and a separate shower.  Both bathrooms are roomy enough for XXL navigators or a family.  One also finds plenty of lockers and shelves throughout to contemplate a whole month of summer holidays at sea with children, or to turn the yacht into a happy live-aboard retirement home afloat, even with occasional guests and grand-kids.  Criss-crossing the Mediterranean Sea from the Rock of Gibraltar to Istanbul, visiting Norwegian fjords, gunk holing in the sunny Philippines archipelagos, cruising along the ICWW, or following the mythical American Great Loop can be on the agenda without having deep pockets! On a Selene Getaway, everyone can discover the wonderful Selene lifestyle and proudly be the captain of their life...

Howard Chen, CEO &  Chief Naval Architect for Selene Yachts 

drafting the lines of the Getaway.  It takes almost a year to refine 

a new concept.

Selene Voyager 36 Getaway
Selene Yachts Voyager 36 Getaway
Selene Yachts Voyager 36 Getaway


Technically, for Howard Chen and his team, a Selene will always be a Selene, and there will never be any reason to compromise with grace, safety, and reliability.  In following these tenets, the engine room of the Selene Getaway, is spacious and high to allow working comfortably, and includes equipment such as a fuel polish unit; something often optional on yachts, and yet, critical when it comes to safe long distance cruising.  The yacht armed with a flawless 180HP John Deere Diesel engine, a Northern Lights genset, watertight bulkheads, simple and smart electrical and plumbing systems, and all ancillary systems such as bronze thru-hulls, or aluminium fuel tanks that can pass the test of time with flying colours.  Another important element in the design is to ensure that most preventive maintenance tasks can be performed by the owner and crew with the assistance of the new and exclusive Selene e-Manual without calling for expensive contractors.


One of the main concerns in the design of this yacht, was to ensure the accessibility of the boat to novice sailors who dream of casting off, or to those who, at any age, do not have the budget to acquire the expensive power yacht they dream of, all the while keeping to the Selene's unalterable quality, and ensuring a seaworthy displacement hull, safety, solidarity, and classicism.  Selene has appealed to all technologies that drastically reduce production costs without altering the Selene philosophy and quality.  An exercise which is perfectly possible on a boat of that size with the shipyard's expertise.  The Selene Getaway has the price tag of a mass-produced boat, but it will be a unique yacht with the Selene spirit.

From the very inception of this yacht design, in a world affected by global warming, and where a low carbon footprint is becoming a key issue for anything on the market, what we call the Owner's Boating Economics has been a fundamental approach for the shipyard.  After all, it is not uncommon to see boats beyond forty feet remaining docked at the pontoon because the fuel budget becomes prohibitive.  Not to mention the engine services, insurance premiums, and marina fees.  Brokerage websites are filled with almost brand new boats with less than a hundred hours on them!  This is where the Selene Getaway will stand out from the crowd.  This boat is designed and built for the sailors in their prime or for owners with marina size restrictions.  It is a multipurpose perfect cruiser for beginners with young children, for retirees who still have a home ashore, for those who have not planned to cross an ocean right now but want to prepare without breaking the bank...

The Selene Getaway is all-together a very attractively priced dream-boat, a school-boat, a pleasure-boat, a love-boat, a holiday-boat, a family-boat, and her captain will be her keeper for the next generation!

Selene Yachts Voyager 36 Getaway
Selene Yachts Voyager 36 Getaway
Selene Yachts Voyager 36 Getaway
Selene Yachts Voyager 36 Getaway
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SELENE 36 VOYAGER GETAWAY                                                         USD $348,800


LOA:                                                              40' (12m)

Draft:                                                            4' 8" (1.42m)

Cruise Speed:                                          9 knots'

Beam:                                                          14' 6" (3.96m)

Cabins:                                                        2

Heads:                                                         2 (electric)

Fuel:                                                             500 USG (1892L)

Water:                                                        250 USG (946L)

Engine:                                                       John Deere

HP:                                                               180HP @ 2400 RPM

Gearbox:                                                   ZF220 3:1

Control:                                                    Manual

Range:                                                       700 NM at Cruise

Air-Conditioning:                                2

Mast load:                                               750 lbs

Generator:                                             Northern Lights 4.5 KVA

Shore Power

220 50Hz or 110V60Hz

Charger/Inverter 2 Kw

Tundra Refrigerator

Double Stainless Steel Sink

Force 10 Cooker With Oven

LED Lighting

Windlass & Galvanised Anchor w/60 Meters 8mm Chain

Bow Thruster

Garmin (2 Multifunction Displays, 24NM Radar, Depth Sounder, AIS, VHF

Designer Fabric Upholstery

Teak Joinery

Satin Varnish Throughout


Flybridge Bimini

Stern Thruster

Seakeeper Stabilizer