Christensen Yachts 160' "ODESSA"A Lively Overture With An Ominous Presence by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy and YF Publisher Carl Camper 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.