Shipyards’ Mystic — By Diane M.
|Part 2: Something else that appealed to the owners was Mystic’s exterior styling.|
Even with all of the input that came from the owners and Clark, Christensen brought some of its own ideas to the table. As already mentioned, the yard tapped its in-house design team to create a basic layout of an on-deck master suite as well as capacious crew accommodations. The master suite opens into an office area, followed by the bedroom itself, with plenty of natural light spilling through three large oval windows to each side. A walk-in wardrobe that would be the envy of any shopaholic is aft to port, and contained within that is yet another lockable wardrobe—a setup that charter yacht owners would be wise to copy if they don’t have a similar configuration, since it allows for certain personal items to remain onboard yet out of sight. As for the crew members, they’re treated to four staterooms and a large lounge/mess forward below decks, accessed via stairs off the galley. (There’s also a concealed service door leading from the five guest staterooms, easing linen changes and related tasks.)
Something else that appealed to the owners was Mystic’s exterior styling. While they were able to imprint their personal touch on the interior decor, the basic exterior structure had already been built when they first visited the yard. In a departure from recent launches such as the 135-foot Atlantica, the 142-foot Primadonna, and the 155-foot Liquidity, Christensen graced Mystic with rounded windows along the length of both the main deck and upper deck.
One area where Clark and the owners could have argued for change was in the outfitting of ship’s systems. Christensen had already calculated specific items in the engineering of the yacht, such as the twin 1,826-hp MTUs and 99-kW Northern Lights gensets. But since “they were adequate for our needs,” as Clark relates, there was no need to request a change.
Indeed, the reported 4,000-NM range Mystic benefits from has proven more than adequate for the cruising schedule the owners have enjoyed thus far. Having taken delivery of her in time to enjoy the summer months, they visited British Columbia and Alaska. While Clark says everyone enjoyed themselves because “it was flat-calm everywhere” and there was “lots of wildlife,” the trip was extra special due to the fact that he and his wife, originally from the Pacific Northwest, gave the owners an insider’s tour of the area. The yacht is spending the winter months in Mexico and Costa Rica, departing from the West Coast just long enough to participate in the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami, Florida, in February.
No word on what the spring and summer will hold for Mystic, although if past experience is any indication, the owners and Clark will probably be back in Pacific Northwest waters. Meanwhile, Christensen continues work on a 155-foot spec yacht featuring an on-deck master like Mystic’s does. And if the yard’s past experience can have any kind of impact on its future, the yacht will sell before she’s finished, as Christensen’s four previous spec yachts all sold before being completed.
Trust me on this one.
Christensen Shipyards Phone: (360) 695-3238. www.christensenyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the December 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.