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
UPDATE, JUNE 1, 2020: Below Deck Mediterranean is premiering with a new yacht. The Wellington is her name for the show… but not her true name. We had the first story about her true identity. UPDATE, NOVEMBER 21, 2019: Brace yourself for the first sailing superyacht in Below Deck history. The producers filmed aboard one this
March 22 marks the start of the annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, steadily rising in profile among megayacht exhibitors and buyers. Superyacht shipyards like Amels, Heesen Yachts, Burger Boat Company, Mangusta, and Perini Navi (exhibiting for the first time, in fact) will have stands, too, some in the special Superyacht Villas area. In addition,
While many a thought turns to chocolates, flowers, and jewelry today, we’re thinking about superyachts. Love-themed superyachts, to be more specific. After all, speak with any yacht owner even for a few minutes, and you’ll hear plenty of terms of endearment. They love their yachts, the water, the cruising lifestyle, and everything that comes with
While some buyers want bigger boats, not everyone is going in that direction. In fact, Jim Gilbert, president of Christensen Shipyards, says over the past year, clients have been asking for smaller designs. As a result, Christensen has two new proposals that are getting attention. They’re the Christensen 40M Raised Pilot House and 42M Tri-Deck.