NEWS & NotES
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.