Originally Posted by healhustler
It was a pretty brave thing to undertake the building of this boat at a time when most other manufactures were barely holding on, or worse. The product looks pretty good.
I'm trying to remember the exact circumstances as to the beginning of this project, but it was not Jet Tern, nor Selene that began it. I seem to recall it was several young brokers out on the west coast of the USA that felt a need for a product like this. They contacted that designer who had designed a 'photo catamaran' for that America's Cup involving the big cat and the big tri (over in Spain).
They put the whole project together, then subsequently found the Chinese builder. This all happened before the market crash of 2008 if I recall correctly. Then of course as most of us know the boat market went into recession as well, so I suspected they were going to have a very tough time selling their boats/idea in that atmosphere.
I believe it is likely that those fellows that started the project have lost controlling interest, and the Chinese builder Jet Tern has taken control.
I do think they have turned out a nice looking vessel. I am still waiting to see some videos and testing of those bows in really rough conditions,...could be questionable, but also could be favorable. I would have thought that had it been 'real favorable' it would have been touted that way with much more vigor by now.
BTW, I referenced them back in posting #3 over here on my Powercat subject thread.