The Triton

Editor's Pick

Christensen moves to Tennessee

ADVERTISEMENT

By Dorie Cox

From Vancouver, Washington, to Tennessee is a big trip for shipyard equipment and several yachts. But a move that Jim Gilbert, president of Christensen Shipyard, said has been in the works since before the 2008 U.S. economic recession.

After nearly 30 years near the U.S. west coast, Christensen will move to Tellico Lake in the eastern part of Tennessee. The move will allow the ship builder to meet customer requests for larger yachts.

Talk of building this new facility started when management began to see interest in larger yachts around 2004 or ‘05, Gilbert said by phone. Work on the Tellico facility was almost complete in 2008, but the move has been on hold because of the recession, he said.

“In that time, the boats had gotten bigger, the market shifted toward the high end; clients want beamier boats,” he said. “We were at our max with 50 meters. We built more than a dozen [in Vancouver] but it taxed the production process. The bays are narrow in that facility.”

The Tellico facility is about 90 percent complete, and Christensen is in the process of moving equipment to the 55-acre property. There are 13 manufacturing and assembly bays in the 450,000-square-foot manufacturing space, which will allow for yachts up to 225 feet. Hull 38 will be transported for final work and Hull 42 for ongoing work, Gilbert said.

“It will take most of summer to move, set up the equipment, align it and finish,” he said.

Military equipment and vessels will be built by Vigor at the Washington facility. For more Christensen news, visit Columbian.com and Seattletimes.com.

Related Posts...
By Dorie Cox After five months of negotiations, Derecktor Shipyard Read more...
Refit and repair shipyard MB92 La Ciotat, formerly known as Read more...
By Dorie Cox Plans are nearing completion for Derecktor Shipyards Read more...
Derecktor Florida, a megayacht refit and repair facility in Dania Read more...
Tara Dirato has returned to Marina Bay Marina Resort in Read more...

Share This Post

About Dorie Cox

Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton.

View all posts by Dorie Cox →

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Editor’s Picks

Derecktor inks deal for large yacht yard in Ft. Pierce

Derecktor inks deal for large yacht yard in Ft. Pierce

By Dorie Cox After five months of negotiations, Derecktor Shipyard signed a deal on April 16 to develop a 12-acre parcel of property in …

23rd Triton Expo welcomes more than 800 for networking

23rd Triton Expo welcomes more than 800 for networking

More than 800 captains, crew and yacht industry professionals networked at the Triton Expo last night. The 23rd installment of the event …

News in the brokerage fleet: Carolina, Status Quo sell; Valerie listed

News in the brokerage fleet: Carolina, Status Quo sell; Valerie listed

Yachts sold M/Y Carolina, a 158-foot (48m) Feadship launched in 1997, sold by IYC broker Mark Elliott, who represented the seller, and …

Crew Compass: Hiring based solely on looks

Crew Compass: Hiring based solely on looks

Crew Compass: by Lauren Loudon It’s that time of year when boats are winding down from their winter Caribbean season and preparing …