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Dave Christensen, Founder of Christensen Shipyards: 1931-2018

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. Continue reading

Christensen Hull 38 Lands Buyers Ahead of Launch

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 Continue reading

The 7 Megayachts of TV’s Below Deck

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 Continue reading