Christensen Yachts is one of the industry’s leaders in composite fiberglass yachts. Dave Christensen backed into yacht building when he commissioned a custom yacht for himself, only to find customers clamoring for it ... and the 2nd and the 3rd so, in the mid-1980s, he opened his own yacht building factory on the Columbia River to build a line of megayachts. The Christensen fleet ranges from 115 feet to 155 feet in length and is built in compliance with the American Bureau of Shipping and the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency classification standards. The facilities at Christensen Shipyards can hold a number of superyachts at one time and up to 170 feet in size, in the midst of the building process. Christensen hull molds allow for a wide variety of options during construction. Their yachts are built utilizing a sandwich composite method. For example, the hulls are Double-Cored cell that is approx. 2-1/2 inches thick, while the superstructure is comprised of Divinycell-core. The result is very strong composite yachts. Christensen Yachts facility consists of over 160,000 square feet of climate controlled manufacturing space and a seven-acre marina. The state of the art facility allows them to adhere to high manufacturing standards and build yachts of unyielding quality. Nine large manufacturing and assembly bays, one of which houses their expandable mold for hulls from 100 to 165 feet, are at the heart of the facility. One bay is fully enclosed to create a clean, controlled environment in which to paint yacht exteriors. The location of the electrical department, metal shop, wood and metal paint shops, cabinet shop and upholstery department make it convenient to transport parts to the yachts under construction. The gated and enclosed seven-acre marina is a secure area for in-water work and yacht deliveries, and can accommodate up to seven Christensen yachts up to 350 tons. Christensen Yachts is based in Vancouver, Washington.
"D’Natalin" is a name that would be familiar to many knowledgeable yacht enthusiasts, as well as industry folks. "D’Natalin IV" is the latest in a line of yachts bearing that name and comes from the Christensen yard. Built in 2014, the 49.9-meter superyacht boats living spaces across three internal decks with a spacious sundeck. The yacht is part of the Christensen Custom 160 line and is built on a basic 49-meter hull but having the ability to make slight customization to the exterior and fully make the interior and deck spaces an extension of the owners' personality. The American Owners of D’Natalin IV had no problem in doing this as they owned three yachts with the name D’Natalin previously.
Odessa, the latest super-yacht in Christensen’s outstanding Custom Series, at 160 feet, looms up as a luxurious, thoroughly fascinating certain-to-be Classic. One-of-a-kind, flaunting her gleaming black hull and silver metallic topsides, she glistens with captivating drama. Her aura of yachting intrigue quickly translates to glamor, fame, perhaps mystery; relating to her melodramatic title. Yet her owner reveals this to be his family’s first luxury yacht; he credits her captain, Robert Lowden; project manager Jean-Pierre Phillips; and of course Christensen as the fountain of her imposing visual and maritime dramatics. Odessa, the name itself is steeped in allusions to modern history. Conjured mind images include: a major Russia/Ukraine Seaport; an audacious West Texas Oil City; or ultimately, a daring Hollywood Motion Picture; none of which reflect her purported persona. Her European owner cites his family’s background; love of entertainment, sea toys, living spaces – away from the crowd – as his main determinant. Still, they wanted something “slightly different” from the usual luxury yachts. That evolved into the creative artistry of design, and exceptional construction techniques which characterize her final, imposing presentation.
Not shaken, yet stirring, Christensen’s Casino Royale draws owner John Staluppi’s fifth allegory/portrait of 007. In this showcase interior, a genuinely mysterious urgency prowls the furtive vibes lurking everywhere. Bond would be intrigued by her elements; black-jack aces as table tops, compelling Bond-girl sculptures and 007-signature apertures lurking in surprise locations. Entertaining and enticingly plush; even “Q” or “Dr. No” would acquiesce to this dramatic stage at sea.
Based on customer feedback, American yard Christensen Yachts has decided to give clients the option of going smaller with their builds. Christensen in recent times has been well known for building near 50-meter yachts that are just under 500 GT. To jog your memory, some of these include the recently completed "Chasseur" which won the 2017 ISS Special Achievement award in the 40-65-meter class, plus other equally worthy launches such as "D'Natalin IV", "Remember When" and "Silver Lining".
American yacht builder Christensen yachts have been working on their latest superyacht, the 49,9-meter semi-displacement Hull Number 38. Once completed in 2018 it is expected she will be called "Liquidity". An important milestone in the construction process was reached this month (February 14th) when the superstructure was joined with the hull. Outfitting the joined structure with plumbing and wiring is the next step ahead of interior finishes like cabinetry and the like.
The 50-meter superyacht "Chasseur" is now completed by American yard Christensen Yachts. The new 50-meter yacht is one of two that launched around the same time by this builder -the other being "Silver Lining". New images by Jeff Brown showcasing the interior of the yacht are now available. The interior was completed to a design by VARO Interior Design while the exterior has been done in-house by Christensen themselves.
United States yard Christensen Yachts have launched another 50-meter superyacht. This time around it is the "Silver Lining" representing the first launch of 2016 since the ownership changed for the yard. Another yacht ("Chasseur") is expected to be launched this year and pretty soon as Christensen wants to have two of these new yachts displayed at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).
Christensen delivers 49.9-meter superyacht "D'Natalin IV" Christensen happily announces the delivery of their latest launch, the 49.90-meter superyacht "D'Natalin IV". We are so happy to have D’Natalin IV be the first Christensen Shipyard Custom Series Yacht delivered since the 2011 launch of "Remember When". This magnificent yacht with its bold red, white and blue exterior motif symbolizes American strength and perserverance, both halmarks of the Christensen brand. The owners of D’Natalin IV were wonderful to work with and are true American patriots for investing in such a beautiful Christensen yacht. We truly appreciate where we are today, because of our valued customers.” Joe Foggia Christensen Shipyards, Ltd. Her transitional interior by Carol Williamson and the owners combines traditional raised panel millwork, with contemporary furniture and fabrics. “There was this great collaborative experience in meetings with the owners which allowed us to integrate their love of the traditional with more contemporary styling cues…the final design is elegant, yet inviting and comfortable”, commented Carol Williamson of Carol Williamson & Associates. The yacht’s owner commented “Christensen outdid themselves in delivering the most advanced yacht in their history! My family and our project lead, Christian Bakewell, worked very hard with the designers and engineers to get the details right. I could not be more pleased with the results. The layout of her four spacious decks make D’Natalin IV the most comfortable yacht I have ever owned, and I never get tired of staring at her beautiful blue hull”. For more information: Christensen Shipyards, Ltd. 4400 SE Columbia Way Vancouver, WA 98661 www.christensenyachts.com ***