The assumption might be that, with the machinations of the global economy generating ever more billionaires, super-yacht builders would be working round the clock to fulfill orders. But, as Christensen Shipyards discovered, business isn’t always easy. The company – based not in France, the UK or Holland, as so many in this field are, but on the Columbia River, Vancouver, US – went into receivership in 2015.
Thankfully, its assets having been acquired by its chairman Henry Luken, it’s on the up again, and all the more so having recently sold Hull 38. This will allow a refit of its building facility to be completed and for the business to build larger yachts of up to 70m, though, as it points out, 65m seems to be the market sweet-spot right now.
OK, so the working name is less than inspiring – giving it a proper name is the preserve of its new owners, of course – but Hull 38 is a timeless beauty of the old-school: a full ABS super-yacht with long lean lines and, inside, six staterooms – including a full beam VIP stateroom – a master suite on the main deck, five cabins and all the tech you could want, including Christensen’s own dual loop HVAC system. There’s plenty of raised black walnut panelling, marble and onyx stonework and the like.
Cleverly, Christensen packs so much into Hull 38 but making its composite fibreglass yachts wider and full-volumed, offering the same capacity as a yacht perhaps 10m longer – and harder to berth. Perhaps that’s why the company has counted the likes of Tiger Woods as a customer. Unfortunately, Woods sold his yacht after his divorce in 2011. But then marriage, like yacht-building, isn’t easy either.