Christensen 142 Primadonna
Primadonna — By Diane. M. Byrne — November 2002
|Her name hints at what’s to be found inside this dressed-to-the-nines 142-footer: Primadonna is a spectacle of complex design.|
Maybe it was the 99-degree heat the day I boarded Primadonna at Christensen's marina in Washington State, but something about this 142-footer kept saying "hot" to me.
There was certainly an abundance of custom glass work in the saloon and, throughout the rest of the yacht, ingeniously intricate inlays of wood, stainless steel, and glass, making for a distinctly personal showpiece for her Las Vegas-based owner. And the sheer number of different marbles used was dizzying. But when I entered the shade of the air-conditioned engine room from the sizzling heat outside, I knew immediately that my initial impression was right: There, complementing the fire-engine-red 4000 Series DDC-MTUs, was gold-tone (yes, gold) diamondplate. I caught myself smiling almost giddily--something I've never done in an engine room before.
Clearly, here was a yacht owned by a man who understood what "custom" construction was all about. It was also clear that he--characterized by the design and construction teams as a man who makes decisions quickly and one who knows exactly what he wants--was passionate about his leisure time. From the unusual placement of a fighting chair on the large open "swim step"--basically an open cockpit--to the concert-quality sound emanating from the speakers flanking the bow sunpad, the focus was on fun.
Let's start with that fighting chair. Simply bolting it to a backing plate in the midst of an enclosed cockpit just wouldn't do onboard Primadonna. Instead, it's practically a throne, poised on a rail-like stainless steel pedestal rising out of the livewell. And no ordinary livewell would do, either; this one is adorned with a billfish logo that's visible even at night, thanks to fiber-optic lighting.
Should an afternoon spent in that fighting chair reap rewards from the sea, the owner and his guests get to enjoy quite an unusual show when the chef prepares the catch inside. Like a curtain rising on a command performance, there's a painting forward in the dining area that rises at the press of a button to reveal a window into the galley. Through it, the owner and guests can take in the beautifully executed country French design of the galley, highlighted by a lovely light-tone marble (intriguingly named Colonial Dream) and a tiled sea scene on the stove's hood. As for the chef, this culinary master gets to "play" with one of the ultimate toys found mostly in high-end hotels and restaurants: an Alto-Shaam smoker for large items like turkey and prime rib.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.