Dave Christensen, founder of Christensen Shipyards, dies

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Dave Christensen in 2004 at the launch of one of his yachts. Photo courtesy of The Columbian

Dave Christensen in 2004 at the launch of one of his yachts. Photo courtesy of The Columbian

Dave Christensen, the founder of Vancouver, Wash.-based Christensen Shipyards, died Oct. 15. He was 87.

Christensen was a successful real-estate developer when he retired at age 50 and commissioned a 95-foot yacht from Westport Shipyards in Washington, according to The Columbian newspaper. After the maiden voyage, Christensen reportedly decided he could build a better yacht and started his next career.

Christensen began building boats in 1983 in part because he didn’t want to be bored in retirement.

Christensen Shipyards expanded in 2006, building a second plant in Tennessee. In 2009, Christensen stepped away from the company, leaving its leadership to his stepson.

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