The very first yacht to come out of the U.S. shipyard Christensen Shipyards since its change of ownership just under a year ago is the 50 metre superyacht Silver Lining, launched from the yard’s facilities three days ago.
The launch was accomplished using a unique cradle-and-launcher system designed to give the shipyard a safer and more flexible way of launching vessels. Christensen manufactured a 140,000-pound steel cradle to which two large FRP flotation boxes are attached. The boxes provide additional lift in low-water conditions and keep the yacht perfectly stable throughout the launch process.
Once the yacht and cradle are floating, the air in the launchers are replaced by water, as in a drydock, and the yacht is able to safely float free on her own. “We named it the Luken Launcher,” says Christensen president, Jim Gilbert, “after the company’s chairman Henry Luken who conceived the system.”
Inside she features a traditional black walnut interior and unique stonework throughout designed by Kimberly Graham.She accommodates up to 12 guests over six staterooms and is built to ABS Unlimited Cruising and under 300 U.S. regulatory gross tonnage.
Silver Lining is the first of two yachts scheduled to launch this year, the second being her sister ship Chasseur. Both vessels will be handed over to their repeat owner’s in July, and will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the end of year.