Christensen Yachts

One of America’s biggest custom superyacht builders, Christensen Shipyards in Vancouver, Wash., is known for its artisans’ craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail.

History of Christensen Yachts

Founder Dave Christensen’s first career was construction, which he pursued from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s, building both commercial and residential projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. After retiring from the construction business in 1982, he decided to build a yacht, but could not find a manufacturer that lived up to his exacting specifications. So he partnered with Westport Shipyard, which built him a hull, then personally completed the yacht’s fit and finish. The resulting luxury yacht was so successful, he incorporated Christensen Shipyards in 1986.

Dave Christensen continued at the helm for another quarter of a century, building ever-larger yachts, until he retired from his “second career” in 2008. The luxury superyacht shipyard he founded continues to build in his exacting tradition today under the management of CEO Joe Foggia.

Notable Launches

While Christensen has developed “series” hull moulds for composite yachts of different sizes up to 50 metres in length, each yacht it builds is fully custom and most feature the work of a noted interior designer. Recent notable luxury superyacht launches include American owner John Staluppi’s former 59.68-metre Casino Royale, which launched in 2008. The superyacht’s interior design was a collaboration between the Staluppi and Carol Williamson & Associates. Carol Williamson also created the interior design for the successful, black-hulled luxury charter yacht Odessa, a 48.77-metre Christensen custom yacht that launched in 2009.

In 2012, a new alliance between Ocean Alexander Yachts, Christensen, and interior designer Evan K. Marshall resulted in the launch of the 36.9-metre Ocean Alexander 120 Megayacht. This is the first in a planned series of tri-deck luxury superyachts ranging up to 47.2 metres.

Specialisations

Christensen Shipyards is known for its composite-yacht building technology. Of particular note as well is the elaborate stonework its artisans install in its superyachts. The shipyard is capable of building new custom yacht projects up to 56 metres, and also is collaborating on the Ocean Alexander semi-custom luxury superyacht range.

JACKPOT

Christensen   50 m •  2020

SILVER LINING

Christensen   50 m •  2017

DANZANTE BAY

Crescent Custom Yachts   49.99 m •  2022

ENDLESS SUMMER

Delta Marine   49.9 m •  2017

CASINO ROYALE

Christensen   49.68 m •  2008

REMEMBER WHEN

Christensen   49.38 m •  2010

CARTE BLANCHE

Christensen   49.1 m •  2008

D'NATALIN IV

Christensen   49 m •  2014

CHASSEUR

Christensen   49 m •  2016

ODESSA

Christensen   48.77 m •  2009

LADY JOY

Christensen   47.85 m •  2007

CRILI

Christensen   47.85 m •  2006

NO COMMENT

Christensen   47.85 m •  2006

MI AMORE

Christensen   47.85 m •  2005

PRIVACY

Christensen   47.24 m •  2004

POPEYE

Christensen   47.24 m •  2001

ZEAL

Christensen   47.24 m •  1997

ARTEMIS

Christensen   45.72 m •  2003

IONIAN PRINCESS

Palmer Johnson   45.72 m •  2005

MILESTONE

Christensen   44.5 m •  2007

I LOVE THIS BOAT

Christensen   44.2 m •  2002

MISSING LINK

Christensen   43.3 m •  2015

GRADE I

Christensen   43.28 m •  1995

LA SIRENA

Christensen   42.98 m •  2000

DAYDREAM

Christensen   42.67 m •  1991

QUEEN D

Christensen   41.15 m •  2000

SWEET ESCAPE

Christensen   39.78 m •  1993

SKYETYME

Christensen   39.62 m •  1989

ROYAL OAK

Christensen   39.62 m •  1988

AFTERGLOW

Christensen   38.4 m •  1992

SUN CHASER

Christensen   38.1 m •  1991

REFLECTIONS

Christensen   37.8 m •  1999

DREAM WEAVER

Christensen   36.93 m •  2012

CHERISH II

Christensen   36.58 m •  1995

PICANTE

Christensen   36.58 m •  1989

EMERALD ISLE

Christensen   36.58 m •  1990

LONG AWEIGHTED

Ocean Alexander   36.58 m •  2018

SILENT WORLD II

Christensen   36.58 m •  1991

RUSALKA

Christensen   35.97 m •  1994

OCEAN PEARL

Christensen   35.05 m •  1990

CRISS C

Christensen   34.29 m •  1993

PA-LI-NE

Ocean Alexander   34.14 m •  2016

R. RENDEZVOUS

Christensen   33.53 m •  1991

REFLECTIONS

Christensen   32.61 m •  1997

DOZER II

Christensen   28.96 m •  1988

CAROLE TOO

Christensen   28.96 m •  1987

GRACE

Christensen   28.96 m •  1986

JOAN'S ARK

Christensen   28.96 m •  1984

SYRENE

Christensen   28.96 m •  1984

YIANOULA

Christensen   27.43 m •  1981