Christensen's 157' "Barchetta"... Enzo would grin! by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy Rococo? A yacht? Stunning exterior style, sporting the most advanced technology; yet like Mona Lisa, she smiles a hint of delights yet to come. She is Barchetta... Christensen’s splendiferous 157. It’s her interior which veers from convention, with a dazzling redux of magic-wand flair. She flirts, perhaps with a sly giggle, ready to unveil delights directly from New York’s famous Art Deco Chrysler Building. Fanciful and ornate, she kicks up her heels with elaborate, asymmetric curves; she is ornamentation unleashed, splashing fiery reds, brilliant black, gold, green, cerulean and copper. She lightly dismisses the staid ecru and muted neutral shades to her more somber, dignified sisters. Barchetta’s differences begin with her hull, however – an anomaly from the start – featuring a bulbous bow to minimize the bow wave. With an oversee and tank testing by the eminent Webb Institute of New York, the builder sought this innovative (for a cruising motoryacht) departure. It allows Christensen’s Hull 028, considering her maximum displacement, to provide seakindly comfort and speed, along with fuel efficiency plus extended range.