As is so often the case, an existing customer of Christensen Shipyards wanted a larger yacht. The 141-foot (nearly 43-meter) Silver Lining had served him well for a while. Surely, Christensen’s 164 series could fit the bill. And it did. But, the most noteworthy aspect of the new Silver Lining isn’t the LOA. It’s the volume. Christensen tweaked its proven hull design to create what it calls a High Volume series. The result is a project boasting bigger volume, but still permits her American owner to flag her as a yacht stateside.
Using international tonnage rules, Silver Lining exceeds the 500-ton mark. However, she’s less than 300 tons according to the U.S. Coast Guard formula. Three hundred is the current threshold for a vessel to be considered a yacht under the U.S. flag. (Higher-tonnage yachts get treated as commercial vessels.) It’s a big deal for buyers and builders alike. While efforts are afoot to extend that ceiling, it’s a long legal process. Christensen took the initiative to augment owners’ experiences while keeping to the legal limits in the meantime.
The benefits spread throughout Silver Lining, in guest and crew areas alike. Volume isn’t something you can see or touch. This can make it hard to explain to interested customers. But, the owner of Silver Lining does appreciate the difference. Crew cabins and the accommodations for 12 guests are more comfortable. Technical areas like the engine room improved, too.
You can sense volume, though, especially in the skylounge. Here, Christensen pushed the room out to occupy the full beam. Silver Lining invites her owner and guests to relax here as long as they wish. A games table awaits those who aren’t interested in watching a movie on the large TV. The massive, marble-topped bar along the starboard side shows off the in-house skills at Christensen.
As much as the amplified volume should get attention, so, too, should Silver Lining’s stonework. Christensen opened its own stone shop several years ago, consistently creating intricate combinations. Most builders prefer subcontracting this specialty. Christensen views it as important as doing its own stainless steel fabrication and joinery. And there are acres of glossy black walnut paneling throughout Silver Lining.
Take an armchair tour below, and a real tour this week at Yachts Miami Beach. Silver Lining is for sale.