Working up to this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Christensen closed three contracts during Sandy's wrath. On Thursday at FLIBS, with Christian Bakewell of Merle Wood and Associates, Christensen closed new customers on Project "C-2014" which was previously sold to another Christensen customer. This yacht is a 160' Custom Series, sister-ship to Odessa and Remember When. It will feature high gloss walnut and traditional furnishings, along with intricate stonework and various features the Custom Series are known for: elevator at all levels; six staterooms; and large sun-deck with ten person Jacuzzi, BBQ, bar and dining under the hard top. This yacht is scheduled for delivery January 2014.
On Friday at FLIBS, Christensen closed a repeat purchase which will be called M/Y "Chasseur." This yacht will be a 164' Custom Series featuring a new contemporary exterior by the Christensen design team. Many of the same features of the Custom Series are included, however, this yacht will be LY-3 Compliant. Other new features include a pop-out balcony at the sky lounge; larger outdoor spaces at aft main, bridge and sun decks; wrap-around glass at the main salon. It will have a minimalist style interior designed by Tonya Lance of VARO Interior Design. The palette is light and bright with bleached sycamore wall panels and overheads, teak and cream wood flooring throughout the interior and exterior of the vessel, and exotic stonework with the master head completely fabricated with exquisite and one-of-a-kind Caesar Stone. M/Y Chasseur is scheduled for delivery December 2014.
Finally, on Saturday at FLIBS, Christensen closed a contract with Mr. John Rosatti, Dawn Kimball and family, owners of prior Christensen yachts, the 2005 157' Custom Series "Nice n Easy" and currently the 2011 162' Custom Series "Remember When." The Project name is "Trifecta," and will be a 164' Custom Series featuring a contemporary exterior by the Christensen design team. This yacht, like Chasseur, will be LY-3 Compliant. Project Trifecta will have a gray hull, pop-out balcony at the sky lounge; larger outdoor spaces at aft main, bridge and sun decks; wrap-around glass at the main salon. The interior will be more contemporary with lighter woods including maple and sycamore with burl inlays and intricate stonework with metal and onyx inlays, among other special features and accessories Mr. Rosatti, Dawn and family will keep under wraps until its debut in September 2015.
Joe Foggia, Christensen's CEO commented: "We at Christensen have worked hard and invested much in acquiring and processing feedback from our customers, their crews and surveyors, along with the yacht brokerage community. All in an effort to create yachts that allow them to operate universally and trouble-free while using them, as well as commanding the strongest re-sales in the industry when it's time to move on. With the advantage of being vertically integrated, and implementing Lean Manufacturing over the last couple years, we feel we are producing yachts that are the best quality and value per square foot in the world, for their class. Some yards build larger yachts and some build more. Christensen builds the best quality per square foot in its class."