Christensen reveals 40m raised pilothouse yacht concept

2017-11-15By Chris Jefferies

American yard Christensen has released its latest concept for a 40 metre raised pilothouse yacht.

This in-house design, which was revealed earlier this month at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, features a dramatic swooping arch, leading from the transom right up to the radar arch.

The yard estimates a top speed of 18 knots

Speaking at the show, yard president Jim Gilbert said: “In the last year we’ve had clients come in requesting designs for smaller boats. We think there’s a market in the 40-45 metre range. We build on a platform so we can change the superstructure in any way a client wants.”

Accommodation is for up to ten guests split across five en-suite staterooms, including a main-deck owner’s suite, two twins and two doubles. Meanwhile the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to five people. Christensen adds that the yacht would be built from composites using a vacuum-infused foam-core sandwich construction.

The new design from Christensen would have a maximum draught of just 2.1 metres

Communal areas are plentiful, with built-in seating on the main deck aft and an adjacent superyacht bar. Moving inside and the saloon features a large sofa, three armchairs and a large rectangular dining table that can easily accommodate all ten guests at once.

However, the star of the show is the undoubtedly the superyacht sundeck with its al fresco dining area, second bar with five stools and octagonal spa pool. Moving aft down a short flight of stairs and this area can also house a pair of Jet Skis as well as a tender.

Christensen's in-house team was responsible for both exterior and interior styling

Power would come from a pair of MTU 12V4000 M93 engines for a top speed of 18 knots. When trimmed back to a cruising speed of ten knots a maximum range of more than 2,500 nautical miles would be possible thanks to a total fuel capacity of more than 26,000 litres.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the American yard include the 50 metre Project Liquidity, which is due to hit the water next year, and the 48.77 metre Christensen Hull 42 — a scheduled 2019 launch.

Additional reporting by Cecile Gauert