Selene 48 Hull Number 16 Across Through Bass Strait

Dear Howard,

I've just received this email from Stephen Siebert the current (third) owner of Selene 48-16.

Stephen is very happy with his Selene and has detailed below his recent travels. As mentioned to you some time back he took delivery from here in Sydney and took the boat around the bottom end of the Australian East coast, through Bass Strait and around to Adelaide in South Australia.

Geography of Bass Strait

Bass Strait is a generally shallow (average depth of 30 metres) stretch of water approximately 300 kilometres wide and 200 kilometres from north to south, encompassed by the entire northern coastline of Tasmania and central to eastern coast of Victoria. The prevailing winds and currents are westerly, the latter being divided by King Island, Tasmania at the western entrance to the strait, causing unpredictable sea conditions, especially when strong winds occur. For example, strong southerly winds can cause a strong northerly current reflecting from the Victorian coast. The combination of winds, currents, tidal flow and the shallow bottom often lead to tall waves, often of short length, with a confused short swell often conflicting in direction.

All shipping to the busy ports of Melbourne, Stanley, Burnie, Devonport, Bell Bay and Launceston and the Bass Strait islands such as King Island and Flinders Island must pass through Bass Strait, and it is also the route of choice for many ships passing from the Australian west to east coasts.

The boat is going very well and it has now covered both Gulfs.

I am planning further trips this summer to Pt. Lincoln and beyond!

We did a recent trip to the North Coast of KI and encountered 4 mtr seas with 40- 55 Knots of wind.

Waves actually breaking on Portuguese bridge and going over pilot house roof!

White water on windscreens. Only one small leak from I am not sure where, somewhere around the screens.

Boat handled things very well, I found that with a strong following sea you need to centre the stabilizers to have good control and prevent yawing, the first step to a broach!

A slightly bigger rudder probably would be a help here but the boat handled OK if you were busy with the helm and judicious with the throttle.

One criticism I have is the quick launch anchor system.

The tilting rollers form a V shape which effectively jams the anchor chain if it comes off the roller in any sort of swell when being retrieved.

The system should be designed to prevent the chain being pulled off the roller and I am going to have to alter mine to achieve this.

If you are interested I will send you some drawings of what I intend to do.

Best wishes,

Steve Siebert