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Christensen set to launch first yachts under new owners

Christensen Shipyard is preparing to launch the first of two 50-meter yachts under new company ownership.

Christensen Shipyard is preparing to launch the first of two 50-meter yachts under new company ownership.

In early May, Silver Lining will begin sea trials on the Columbia River in Vancouver, Wash.

“I can’t imagine the angst and the hardship our workers suffered when they arrived to work and found the gates locked,” Christensen president Jim Gilbert in a statement. “Silver Lining is the real symbol of the rebirth of the company and a testimonial to the extraordinary boatbuilding skills of an extremely talented and dedicated work force.”

Henry Luken, chairman and principal owner of newly minted Christensen Shipyards LLC, said he’s proud of the fact that so many of the yard’s former senior employees — supervisors, shop foremen, project managers, engineers and naval architects — returned to the company.

“I’ve been on both sides of the table, as client and as builder,” said Luken, who has owned three Christensen yachts. “I know how to simplify the purchasing and building experience. My personal experience enables me to create a culture in which clients have the real-time information they need to feel confident every minute of the construction process.”

Joining Silver Lining will be Chasseur, a 50-meter yacht that will be launched in June. Both will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in the fall.

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