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It will be really interesting to see if the new Christensen facility in Tennessee can revive large yacht construction in the USA. Initial drawings show a huge facility which could conceivably build up to 13 yachts at once, and the yard is designed to build in steel and aluminum in addition to Christensen’s usual fiberglass construction.

In the past, Christensen built a semi-standard 150-foot yacht that was considered “OK” but not even close to top European standards. Several years ago Christensen was rocked by internal strife and ownership questions that eventually ended up with Lukens taking control. Not sure if he is respected in the industry or not.

There is no reason why large yachts can’t be built in the USA successfully – look at our prowess building airplanes, cars, rocket ships, refineries etc. – but most of our once-flourishing yacht builders like Palmer Johnson, Burger, Trinity, Westship, and Broward are either gone or barely surviving. The only US yacht builders operating full-tilt are Delta and Westport.

Tennessee does not exactly have a heritage of yacht building, but neither did Taiwan and there are some excellent yachts coming out of Taiwan nowadays.

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Megayacht Absurdity

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This is taking the megayacht experience to an almost absurd level. Some guy (or lady) built a 200 foot support yacht to trail behind a 280 foot mothership.

The support yacht carries the “toys” – a series of large and small yacht tenders including a high-speed power cat propelled by 4 monster outboards, several jeep-type ATV’s, a full diving center and space for the helicopter. The support yacht is staffed by a crew of 20, supplementing what I would guess is a crew of 25 to 30 on the Feadship mother yacht.

I kind of get it, since a single yacht big enough for all this junk would be around 450 feet long, effectively barring it from docking in any yacht harbor or from anchoring in most yacht harbors. It still seems a bit extreme for sure.

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Herb Chambers Goes Radical

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Herb Chambers goes radical! New England autodealer magnate Herb Chambers has built a series of huge yachts all named “Excellence.” So far they have been sleek and sophisticated but relatively conventional.

Not his new 250’+ megayacht – it features a weird reverse bow – it may be called a “scythe” bow – and some insane glasswork.  I sort of like the whole thing although I have doubts about the bow. If you want to experience the new Excellence first-hand, Chambers usually charters his yachts. I would guess the new one would go for a paltry $1 million/week or thereabouts.

Herb’s probably pretty anxious to unload his earlier Excellence so you can probably snatch it up for a mere $75 million or so.

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