U.S. builder christensen shipyards creates yet another world class yacht. this time around, they include their first bulbous-bow feature in christensen’s custom 157′ series.
By Patty Lindsay
Barchetta, the newest vessel to the fleet of Christensen Shipyards Semi Custom Production series made its debut June 9. This 157-foot beauty has already been sold, purchased by an American couple. The American couple’s previous yacht, Casique, was also a Christensen — a pre-owned 120-footer on which they traveled extensively all over the world. When they decided that yachting was in their blood, they decided this time around “to build a yacht,” and there was no doubt in their minds that it would be a Christensen. They were completely impressed and thrilled with this builder and knew Christensen would be more than willing to build Barchetta to meet their desires. Designing a yacht to meet their specifications was a dream come true, and, with Christensen’s superior craftsmanship, how could they go wrong? They didn’t.
Christensen absolutely rose to the occasion. Some of the requirements for Barchetta were to include a stunning Art Deco interior and detailed extravagant slab-only stonework designed by Jaqueline Mann. Barchetta’s spacious hull encases elegant owner and guest accommodations in six separate staterooms. A crew’s quarters fits up to 10, and an elevator services all levels of the yacht. For a comfortable ride, the vessel also features the company’s first bulbous bow, designed and tank-tested at the Webb Institute for long-range fuel efficiency and minimized bow wake, eliminating fore and aft pitch in some not-so-perfect weather conditions. Barchetta was also designed for charter, and its numerous amenities include watersport toys such as a three-person submarine, Nitrox for deep diving and several Sea Doos and tenders.