Liquidity — By
Diane M. Byrne
— February 2002
A large yacht is at her best when she's kept on the move. That's the spirit embodied by the 155-foot Christensen Liquidity.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: An owner buys a large yacht intending to take the island-hopping cruise he's dreamed about, then head to the Med for a summer of St. Tropez splendor, but he ends up only spending just a handful of days onboard. The owner feels guilty (whether over abandoning his plans or about wasting his money, or both), the crew itches to actually do something, and the yacht's inactivity gives new meaning to "home port."
So excuse my giddiness when I discover an owner who does more than the customary shakedown cruise--and invites a crowd along for the long-term ride. Such is the case with the gentleman who put his 155-foot Liquidity, with her 16V 2000 Series engines and 4,000-NM range--plus her six PWCs--to the test right after delivery from Christensen last summer. He headed straight to Alaska, spending the season there with 20 or so people onboard the entire time, then made his way to the East Coast. About the only time the yacht sat still over the past few months was the last week in October, when she was on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Of course, none of this is surprising when an owner like this one contracts a yard he's familiar with to build him a yacht. And while he definitely knew Christensen--he'd purchased the 126-foot Cacique on the brokerage market a few years prior and still owns her--he didn't contract the yard to build Liquidity. On the contrary, the 155-footer was begun on spec and was about 70 percent complete when the owner came into the picture. Even so, together with some changes he requested to personalize the yacht, the profile and layout were so in tune with his desires that Liquidity redefines "homeless" to mean something positive.
Obviously the first introduction to any yacht comes with the profile. Christensen has typically erred on the side of caution in years past, avoiding even the semblance of aggressiveness or trendiness. While Liquidity takes a few steps into modish territory, she doesn't abandon conservative good looks that will remain appealing in years to come. Her elongated lines are well balanced, and even the small hardtop--rarely seen on megayachts--doesn't detract from her overall appearance.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.