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Chris­tensen Ship­yards’ 164-foot (50-me­ter) Sil­ver Lin­ing is ready for sea tri­als. It’s a poignant mo­ment for the yard’s em­ploy­ees, who had lost their jobs 15 months prior when the ship­yard closed un­der pre­vi­ous man­age­ment.

“I can’t imag­ine the angst and the hard­ship our work­ers suf­fered when they ar­rived to work and found the gates locked,” says Jim Gil­bert, Chris­tensen’s new pres­i­dent. “All of us in man­age­ment, and par­tic­u­larly the two peo­ple who stepped up to pur­chase the yard’s as­sets out of re­ceiver­ship, feel blessed that so many of our best peo­ple hung in there through those tough times and were able to re­join the new com­pany when it was formed last sum­mer.”

Join­ing Sil­ver Lin­ing at sea this sum­mer will be Chas­seur, an MCA-com­pli­ant, 164-footer that was sched­uled to launch in June. While the two yachts are sim­i­lar in length, Sil­ver Lin­ing has large in­te­rior vol­ume fin­ished with tra­di­tional high-gloss black wal­nut join­ery. Chas­seur has slightly smaller in­te­rior spa­ces dic­tated by the MCA rules, with a light, con­tem­po­rary sycamore in­te­rior de­sign high­lighted by teak soles and bath­rooms fin­ished with onyx and mar­ble. Both yachts are ex­pected to be on dis­play at the Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show in No­vem­ber.

Hull num­ber one of Nu­ma­rine’s 32XP se­ries is un­der con­struc­tion. Rep­re­sent­ing a new line of ex­plorer mod­els, the 32XP will ac­com­mo­date as many as 12 guests in state­rooms that in­clude a full-beam mas­ter state­room. De­signer Can Yal­man penned the yacht’s strik­ing lines. Two 715-horse­power Cater­pil­lar C18 ACERT diesels will pro­pel the steel hull with its com­pos­ite su­per­struc­ture to a 3,000-nau­ti­calmile range at a cruis­ing speed of 12 knots. Re­cently re­fit, 234-foot (71.4-me­ter) Enigma XK (ex- Norna) is mak­ing pub­lic her trans­for­ma­tion from mil­i­tary pa­trol ves­sel to lux­ury su­pery­acht. McFar­lane Ship De­sign en­hanced the ex­te­rior, fit­ting a he­li­copter land­ing pad and out­door en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas de­signed to min­i­mize ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments. The new in­te­rior, by Philippe Briand and Veerle Bat­tiau of Vitru­vius Yachts, has a min­i­mal­ist nau­ti­cal vibe with tons of nat­u­ral light courtesy of large side win­dows and sky­lights. French ship­yard At­lantic Re­fit Cen­ter com­pleted the work, which re­quired 26 months and 280,000 man-hours.

Ac­cord­ing to Chris­tensen, Sil­ver Lin­ing will be ca­pa­ble of 17 knots at the top end, with a cruis­ing range of 4,300 nau­ti­cal miles.

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