Christensen Shipyards has announced that it is ready to launch Silver Lining. Construction work on the 164ft motoryacht is complete and she is ready for sea trials. Silver Lining is the first of two 50m projects scheduled to touch water this year.
In early May, Silver Lining will be loaded onto a string of self- propelled dollies, pulled from the shipyard’s shed, and carefully moved the short distance from her birthplace to the launch ramp in Christensen’s protected five-acre lagoon, which will be her new home during the four-week term of her river and sea trials.
Silver Lining’s splash-in will mark an especially poignant moment for Christensen Shipyards’ employees, who only 15 months earlier had lost their jobs by the closure of the shipyard.
“I can’t imagine the angst and the hardship our workers suffered when they arrived to work and found the gates locked,” says Jim Gilbert, Christensen’s new president.
“All of us in management, and particularly the two people who stepped up to purchase the yard’s assets out of receivership, feel blessed that so many of our best people hung in there through those tough times and were able to rejoin the new company when it was formed last summer.
“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 workforce,” he concludes.