Christensen Yachts, the renowned American shipyard specialising solely in the manufacture of luxury yachts, continues its remarkable period of intense business development. Based on its positive results so far, Christensen Yachts is now setting up a new yard in Tennessee in order to build vessels of up to 225’, especially in the size bracket of 175’ to 225’, which is now a key sector when it comes to competing at international level. This decision to expand into the challenging sector of larger yachts shows just how committed Christensen Yachts is to making its mark on the international market. Under the dynamic, confident leadership of President and Managing Director Joe Foggia, the yard is moving forward through its carefully planned strategy to swiftly expand into new foreign markets. Having spent many years focusing on the domestic market, achieving excellent results with its American clientele, Christensen Yachts is now making major changes to its strategy and its products, with a view to tackling a new international clientele just as successfully. To this end, the yard’s future plans include a more direct focus on the brand itself, by being more involved in important international boat shows and prestigious international events. Next year, for example, Christensen is planning to attend the Monaco Yacht Show with a spectacular vessel. This way the yard will gain promotion through real visibility, giving potential new clients a chance to get to know Christensen’s excellent quality at first hand. Currently, the yard is relying on its premium range to take it into the international league: namely, the fine Christensen Custom Series, expressly designed with the wealthiest owners in mind. The range began with two stunning 157’ (48 m) yachts: hull 028, named Barchetta, and hull 029, named Marathon.
These were a great success and the range continued with a further three yachts: hull 031, named Lady Joy, measuring 157’(48 m), launched in 2007 and presented in an exhaustive article in issue number 7 of Yacht Première last year; then hull 032 named Casino Royale, measuring 163’ (50 m), which was launched in August 2008 and presented at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October; and lastly, hull 033, named Primadonna, measuring 160’ (49 metres), launched in December 2008 and recently presented at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show in February of this year. However, the incredible escalating success of the Christensen Custom Series means that the American yard is currently working on a further four magnificent yachts, all measuring 160’ (49 metres): firstly hull 035, named Remember When; then hull 036 named Liquidity III, hull 037 and lastly the yacht we’ll be focusing on in this article, hull 034, named Odessa. She will be the first of the four to take to the water. The yacht will most likely be delivered to her Owner this summer, with a launch ceremony in July or August: in this case, if the owner agrees, we might have a chance to admire Odessa at an official presentation at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2009. The yacht’s codename in and outside the yard has so far been “project Monkey Business”; Odessa interprets Christensen’s new internationally-oriented direction, and is the American yard’s response to changing tastes in yacht design.
The main technical data
Odessa’s naval architecture was developed by the team at Christensen Shipyards, and her hull and superstructure were built using Vacuum Infused Composite. The yacht is compliant with ABS regulations with Maltese Cross A1, as well as the AMS and MCA classifications with Unlimited Cruising. Her external dimensions are those of an imposing flagship, with a length overall of 160 feet, or 49 metres; maximum beam of 29.5 feet, or 9 metres, and draught of nearly 8 feet, i.e. nearly 2.5 metres. The new unit’s tonnage is less than 500 GT, and her maximum displacement fully loaded has been calculated at 835 tons. Odessa’s engine room will be fitted with two MTU 12V 4000 series engines, each with a maximum continuous output power of 1800 hp. ZF reverse reduction gearboxes will connect the engines to the five-blade VEEM propellers, followed by the Jastram twin rudder blades, which operate through a hydraulic circuit. This set-up will allow the new American yacht to reach a top speed of 18 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots, with a cruising range in excess of 4 thousand nautical miles. Her fuel tanks can hold more than 14 thousand gallons, equivalent to 54 thousand litres, while her water tanks hold more than 3500 gallons (around 13,500 litres). Odessa’s hull has a bulbous bow, providing better hydrodynamic efficiency and greater directional stability during cruising. She is also equipped with Quantum zero speed stabilizers that work during cruising and when at anchor, and are especially optimised to ensure a high level of onboard comfort in any conditions. Odessa’s technical equipment will include two watermakers, a 100-hp bowthruster and three Kohler generator sets: one 125 kW, one 99 kW and an emergency generator of 65 kW. As for her toys and auxiliary vessels, she will have two Sea Doo jet skis, one 23-ft main tender by Chris Craft, and one 15-ft service tender by Nautica. [...]