Feminine and familiar. This yacht exudes striking personal elegance with its exclusive individual style, a kind of special private luxury. She is the epitome of feminine taste, and magically creates a delightfully warm, private atmosphere. This is exactly as the female owner desired, and is inspired by her own home. The beautiful, seductive Lady Joy was launched and delivered in 2007. She is a megayacht from the exclusive Christensen Customer Series, a series of yachts specifically designed to satisfy individual preferences. They have been created to be fully customised to the tastes and wishes of the Owner.
The yachts are built by Christensen Shipyards, a major builder of transoceanic motor yachts of between 100 and 165 feet. These high quality vessels are made using fibreglass composite. Christensen Shipyards have their business headquarters and industrial facilities in Vancouver, Washington State.
They are located on an inland, in a protected position on the long, deep estuary of the Columbia river, which flows into the Pacific Ocean in the north east of the USA. Christensen Shipyards have their own private marina at their production site, extending over more than seven acres.This can hold up to seven large yachts.
It is a protected, sectioned-off safe area that can be used for work in the water and for deliveries to clients. It also has a dry dock that can hold a yacht weighing up to 400 tons. The Christensen Shipyards facilities also have large construction spaces with a controlled atmosphere, which cover an overall surface area of more than 160 thousand square feet.
Building is organised efficiently into twelve large bays for construction and assembly. One of them contains the expandable mould used as a special matrix for making the hulls. All of the operative phases of production take place within these bays, and each of them is totally sealed off to create a clean, climate-controlled technical environment. This makes them suited to painting the outside surfaces of the yachts, and for composite infusion. The plant has recently been expanded to create a new connecting bay, following on from the production bays and the carpentry bays. It has an 80 ft roof to allow the “indoor” completion of the yacht before it is lowered into the water.
The new bay has a heated floor, a depot with a store-room attached and a loft area for making additional parts and components on the spot. A further 10 thousand square feet have also recently been given over to the marble and granite workshop. This modern facility is equipped with advanced water-jet cutting machines and was set up with the help of specialist partner Homechick Stoneworks to allow the yard to work directly at its own premises, even on finishing materials.
Indeed, Christensen Shipyards carries out all stages of work on its motor yachts
in-house at its state-of-the-art premises, using only the most reliable systems and constantly monitoring quality and delivery times.
The yard’s team of specialist, highly qualified staff takes care of all the main elements directly, from design to building and even customer care. At this yard, capable managers work closely with highly experienced workers such as skilled craftsmen, specialist manual workers, technicians, engineers and architects.
It is their hard work and commitment that allows the yard to achieve such high levels of design and customisation, and to create such stylish, supremely luxurious yachts. What’s more, modern systems and the latest construction techniques mean that Christensen always ensures high standards of production and finishing, for yachts that are technically impeccable and of striking beauty.
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Like all of the yachts to come out of Christensen Shipyards, Lady Joy has been built employing the best available technologies and the best possible materials, with an advanced production process.
For hull and superstructure construction the yard used a tried-and-tested system with an infusion process combined with its own “in-house” proprietary techniques, using composite fibreglass material on a foam-cored structure.
Unlike the traditional fibreglass system with full lamination, this method results in both lower overall weight and higher structural resistance, giving the hull and superstructure a favourably high weight/resistance ratio.
What’s more, the cored composite construction gives the yacht other important advantages, including better insulation for the hull and superstructure.
The thermally insulated hull eliminates problematic condensation by preventing it from forming in certain specific but frequent weather conditions.
In addition to this the foam-cored structure absorbs mechanical energy and acoustic energy. This considerably cuts disturbing vibrations and intrusive noise, so that guests are able to travel in peace and comfort. [...]