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American builder Christensen has this week launched its latest 50-metre (164-foot) superyacht, Jackpot. She was built for a pair of experienced yachtsmen from New Jersey, who are planning to base the yacht on the East Coast of the US and assorted international destinations over the next few years.
Jackpot marks the last project to be delivered from Christensen’s Vancouver, Washington facility as the shipyard makes final preparations for its move to Tennessee, and a newly constructed shipbuilding complex.
The yacht features a standard layout to luxuriously accommodate 12 guests across an on-deck master suite, a full-beam VIP guest suite and a further four guest cabins. The interior is classic Christensen, with beautiful walnut panelling and marble stonework aplenty.
Christensen’s Tennessee yard will officially open this summer as one of the largest superyacht construction facilities in the world, able to build boats up to 70 metres (230 feet) in length in 13 individual climate-controlled sheds.
The new facility will also give the yacht builder direct access to the Gulf of Mexico through a series of inland locks and dams, cutting the laborious journey from the US West Coast to reach areas such as Newport and Florida, where many of its clients’ boats are based.
The shipyard commented, “Due to the size of the new yard, the company will be capable of building in a wider array of construction materials, including steel.”
Christensen chairman, Henry Luken, commented, “This is a huge step for us, but also for American yacht building, which has been in steady decline for the last two decades. In our new range we can now compete with any builder in the world in both price and quality, and unlike our existing facility, we can offer yachts virtually unrestricted in beam.”
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