Headed for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the latest composite tri-deck yacht from Christensen Shipyards in Vancouver, Washington, is racing around the continent toward Florida on its shakedown cruise. Making 12 to 14 knots as it prepares to go on display, the Silver Lining is sure to be one of the highlights of the boat show.
Powered by twin MTU diesel engines, Silver Lining can reach a top speed of 16 knots and has a range of nearly 4,000 miles. The yacht’s tri-deck design features an abundant amount of open deck space for outside activity. The expanded Portuguese deck social area is one of the benefits of this tri-deck layout, as it provides a secure and stylish stainless-railed mid-ship walkway access to the deep well foredeck. No doubt this will be appreciated in sunny southern Florida when Silver Lining goes on display.
As far as yacht interiors go, the Silver Lining leaves nothing to be desired. The sky lounge, just aft of the wheelhouse, has just about every entertainment amenity that can be enjoyed. There’s a large screen viewing area, game table, dining area, and a massive stonework-detailed bar. It opens to an aft deck dining table that seats 12 or more. The sprawling master stateroom suite features a massive head and a full office by occupying the full beam of the main deck. This feature is produced when the exterior forward decks skirt the outboard area in favor of providing oversized oval ports. And at the helm, the warm ambiance of wood underfoot and abundant joinery combines workable spaces for traditional charts and navigation tools—as well as flat-screens and soft lighting.
Europe is exploding with megayachts featuring contemporary styling, and Europeans are often bewildered at America’s yachting taste. Unlike Europe, where classic is everywhere preserved and enduring, it’s mostly foreign to the American landscape—and thus we cherish the classic, old-world look. Silver Lining will no doubt have that appeal as she goes on display at the Fort Lauderdale show.
For more information about new boats premiering at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, read 5 Hot New Boats at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.