In Build: Crescent 144' Tri-DeckA Boat Building Dynamo Emerges in B.C. Crescent Yachts is nearing completion of its newest and largest motoryacht to date, an all-composite 144' tri-deck designed by Jonathan Quinn Barnett. Scheduled for completion in the first half of 2010, the new Crescent 144' is set to become the crowning achievement of 85 previous launches between Crescent and Queenship, sister corporations under the WorldSpan Marine aegis. In 2005, WorldSpan acquired Queenship Yachts and Crescent Yachts, both successful and highly regarded names in boat building. A focal point of the acquisition was a state-of-the-art shipyard, a modern 90,000 square-foot purpose-built facility on the Fraser River in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. In addition to the yard, WorldSpan retained key management and operations personnel who originally shaped the reputations of each brand. Heading up the 144' project is Jim Hawkins, Crescent/Queenship's project manager and build engineer. Together with another industry veteran, Lee Taubeneck, who was previously the general manager of Westport Shipyards and vice president of the U.S. Marine Division of Brunswick Corp, their combined experience places Worldspan in serious contention with the world's finest boat builders.