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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