After more than three decades of building megayachts in Washington State, Christensen Shipyards is departing. Starting this summer, all yacht construction will occur in its long-planned, nearly finished Tennessee yard. Located in Tellico Lake, the facility has 450,000 square feet (41,806 square meters) of manufacturing space. In addition, ti contains 13 construction and finishing bays.
The annual Miami Yacht Show megayachts lineup attracts both brokerage and new-build buyers from around the world. As the industry, interest, and yachts have grown, though, the show’s longtime location couldn’t accommodate them. Now concentrated in downtown Miami, the event promises more yachts, and more ease in getting around. For its three-decade history, the Miami
In seafaring tradition, the ringing of eight bells pays respect to a deceased sailor. It signifies that his or her “watch” is over. Several watches in the yachting industry ended this year—far too soon, at that. Indeed, while many a person’s passing leaves colleagues and admirers at a loss for words, 2018 seemed to hit
Few people launch new businesses nearly halfway through their lives. Dave Christensen did that at age 50, establishing Christensen Shipyards. The founder of one of America’s best-known megayacht builders died last week at age 87 in Washington State, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Unlike many in yachting, Christensen wasn’t born into a maritime family.
Seasoned cruisers from New Jersey may be spending the end-of-the-year holidays aboard their new Christensen. They’ve acquired hull 38, which should be ready in less than six months. Hull 38, a 164-footer (50-meter), is well into the completion stages because construction started under a prior owner. Henry Luken, chairman of the Washington State shipyard, initially
Love them or loathe them, Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean have huge followings. The reality TV shows chronicle the lives of crewmembers who work aboard charter megayachts. Bravo, the cable network behind them, says they are the third- and fourth-highest-ranking series among ad-supported cable programs with the most affluent audiences. With season three of