The popular wisdom is, if you find something you like, stick with it. Customers of Christensen Shipyards seem to follow this axiom. The first of its new 160-foot Custom Series is the tenth Christensen to be sold to a repeat buyer. Moving up from a 145, the owner will no doubt enjoy the 6,500 square feet of interior space that the trideck layout offers. And given current fuel prices, he'll also appreciate her relatively modest appetite. Thanks to a bulbous bow tank tested at Webb Institute in New York, the 160 will have a range of about 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots (13.8 mph) yet should deliver a top speed of better than 17 knots (19.6 mph). The bulbous bow will also reduce pitching motions; combined with her state-of-the-art roll-stabilization system, she should ride comfortably in all but the most challenging sea conditions.
Her elegant interior features raised-panel sapele mahogany joinery and custom stonework throughout. Forward on the main deck is the owner's spacious, private suite, boasting a super-size his and her en suite facility, sitting area, dressing table, and adjoining office. Guest accommodations are amidships on the lower deck. While spacious enough to offer five guest staterooms, including a full-beam VIP suite, the first 160 will be built with a gymnasium in place of one of the forward staterooms. Crew accommodations include four double staterooms, a private lounge on the lower deck, and a VIP-caliber stateroom for the captain on the upper deck just aft of the pilothouse. Stairways between the crew quarters, the pantry on the main deck, and the pilothouse will allow crew access to all three levels of the yacht without compromising the privacy of the owner and guests. For the convenience of guests, there's an elevator that connects all three interior decks and the flying bridge.
Devoted entirely to outdoor entertaining, the yacht's flying bridge has no helm station; in its place, however, is an oversize hot tub flanked by sunpads. Nearby a full wet bar and U-shape alfresco dining area are protected by a partial hardtop. Aft of the radar arch, there's an open area to stow watertoys, along with a crane that also services the main tender that's stowed one deck below. A second, smaller tender and crane on the foredeck are for crew use only.
This article originally appeared in the July 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.