What she chose for Hull 026 (the name is confidential, per Woods’ attorneys, so the yacht is simply referred to by her project number) is a clean, contemporary interior surrounded by deep cherry woodwork. “I think they were looking for something that created a very light environment inside a very warm shell of paneling,” says Portland, Oregon-based interior designer Carol Williamson, who also wouldn’t confirm or deny ownership of the yacht. “There was a desire to have very clean, simple, understated lines to the furniture. The idea was to contrast the modern against the traditional wood detailing.”
The aft deck dining table should seat 10 to 12 guests.
To that end, Hull 026 features tone-on-tone beige marble where other yachts might have intricate mosaics; polished chrome and stainless steel where other owners might choose gold. The carpeting that runs throughout is soft white, and the walls in all the staterooms are covered in white silk. There is a concave ceiling treatment with multicolor fiber-optic lighting above the master suite’s king-size bed, but as Lance says, “it’ll probably stay on white.”
In the saloon, chairs and couches are cream and light browns with simple, square lines—save the brown leather beanbag chair that was one of Woods’ favorite pieces aboard his previous yacht (he apparently enjoys sinking into it before playing video games or watching television). Williamson had it replicated in white leather for Hull 026’s sky lounge, which is filled with soft whites and pale grays.
The furniture layout in the saloon is a first for Christensen, with open space between the seating areas on each side. "Usually, you walk in (from the aft deck) and there's a cabinet you have to go around,” Lance says. Instead, the only cabinet on centerline in this space separates the saloon from the dining room, and it holds a 50-inch plasma TV that swivels. “If you want to watch ESPN while you eat your Cheerios,” Lance says, “you can.”
Most guests will enter via the starboard foyer, near the sweeping staircase made with cherrywood handrails and clear, curved-glass panels. An elevator—a Christensen standard—that can hold three people (or one wheelchair) is a few feet away, should guests want to skip the steps heading down to their accommodations.
The VIP stateroom is aft, with mirror queen cabins amidships and a twin cabin with Pullman nearby, just before the accommodations for nine crew begin all the way forward. The port-side twin guest cabin is converted to a gym, with a cutout in the overhead above the TechnoGym treadmill—which still looks like it will be a tight squeeze for the 6’2” golfer. He may have to settle for a workout on the Evolution exercise bicycle or with the stylish black-and-silver rubberized free weights that range from five to 45 pounds.
This article originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.