"I'm surprised no Selene fans have come forward to espouse 'their' brand"
A bit late but I'll chime in. I've also looked at Selene's and took a pass on them. The boat was right for our intended use, coastal, but I had a few concerns and at the price
it would have cost, took a pass. I too was somewhat frustrated about my inability to access knowledgeable comments about the boat.
You've seen the above comments from the yards' workers.
I took a Selene 36' up the ICW
a couple of years ago. We hit 35 knot
headwinds off the cape while running offshore
. We did that for 2 days then headed in. On board was a captain
with trans-atlantic experience and a crew with the same experience. Could the boat have made it, sure, but it was not worth the work.
I spent many days at the helm
. Does not respond well.
I read a log of two elderly boaters who took their Selene 36 around the loop. They sat out windy days and 2 to 3 foot seas. No reason given, perhaps age, perhaps the boat was not giving them the sense of security
All of the 36' thru 49' hulls are being, or have been, redesigned. These are relatively new boats, I'd like to know why. Note, the models have been renamed to a higher number but the specs read within inches of each other. You can draw your own conclusions about the type of people you are dealing with. I know this happens in this industry but that's hardly comfort to me.
I am in no way sufficiently experienced to comment in place of a Selene owner. However, given the price
of the boat and your offshore desires, you are dealing with an expensive boat with no discernible reputation one way or the other.
And, I'd be really surprised if $50k/year (excluding on-shore legacy costs) cuts it. We're not in a position where we need to look at what we spend and I perhaps tend to prefer caution to saving a buck but there's no way I could do a year on $50k in the kinds of boat you're considering. My after purchase maintenance
and upgrades of an otherwise solid boat would blow away a few years of your budget