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The Material World of Christensen Shipyards

Posted: Oct. 17th, 2006  |  By JustLuxe TeamThe Affluent Lifestyle Guide
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Master Builders: When the topic of the conversation turns to yachts, the size of a vessel is generally at the top of the pecking list. However, the more significant issue regarding long-term value is the materials used in the construction of ships. Christensen Shipyards has built more 120-plus-feet yachts with composite materials than any shipbuilder in the world. Composite materials eliminate rust and corrosion and provide better insulation and strength compared to ships built from aluminum and steel. This makes overall maintenance easier and extends the life of a ship threefold compared to those predominantly constructed with metals. Christensen Shipyards is a certified shipbuilder by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), which was established in 1862 and is the governing agency for safety standards of the marine industry. ABS is a non-profit organization with 150 offices in 70 countries.

The Christensen 157' Series elevates the standards on megayachts. The length, obviously, is 157 feet; the beam is 29.6 feet; the draft is 7.75 feet; and the maximum speed is 17 knots or 19.5 mph. A Detroit Diesel 12V 4000 engine powers the Christensen 157s. The ships are certified by the ABS and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The elaborately lavish décor and furnishings throughout these ships can be seen at the In-the-Details section of Christensen's website. The interiors of the five completed models are breathtaking must-sees. Four of the five hulls have been sold. Hull 033, which is its generic name, is available, and Hull 034 is not yet completed.

Christensen Shipyards also custom builds yachts with a complete in-house staff of marine architects, interior and exterior designers and skilled craftsmen. Previously owned yachts are available too. The company shipyards are located in Vancouver, Washington, and its service office is in Ft.Lauderdale, Florida.

Christensen Shipyards constructs composite-materials, luxury-latent megayachts that are built for the long haul.

For LxM James Rothaar

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