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BEAM 9 (30′)
DRAFT 2.6 (9′)
LENGTH 49.68 (163′)
BUILT 2008
REFIT YEAR Never refit
MANUFACTURER Christensen Shipyards
PRICE FROM $245,000 / Per Week

Towable toys
24' Tender
4 waverunners
15' tender

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At 163 feet, motor yacht CASINO ROYALE is one of the largest yachts built to date by the Christensen Shipyard. When this super yacht entered the luxury yacht charter marketplace, she really made an impact in the industry.

In terms of styling, luxury Christensen yacht CASINO ROYALE stands apart from previous launches by this acclaimed builder, with vertical wraparound windows in her pilothouse and high bulwarks carried aft to nearly amidships, where they blend into the deckhouse sides.

For her owner, speed buff and yacht enthusiast, John Staluppi, mega yacht CASINO ROYALE is also a departure. Unlike most of the yachts he has owned (a stable of blazing quick performers that includes The World Is Not Enough, Octopussy, Golden Eye, and Moonraker), this new luxury yacht charter vessel is designed for a modest 10-knot cruising speed and a 17-knot top speed.

This megayacht is a standout, especially during a Mediterranean yacht charter, with a distinctive, crisply-defined profile accented by an array of elliptical ports in her hull sides. These features make her seem long, low, and poised for action. With an armada of toys that includes two Nautica tenders (one 24 feet and the other 15 feet) and four PWCs (personal water crafts), she is ready for action. But she keeps to herself acoustically, thanks to sound and vibration countermeasures engineered by Van Cappellen and Soundown.

At least five watertight bulkheads subdivide the lower deck spaces of this superyacht, which boast a full-beam VIP suite and four guest staterooms, each with ensuite facilities. The master suite is forward on the main deck, replete with a double head and an adjoining office and study. Her staterooms are relatively modest for a luxury charter yacht of this caliber, suggesting that her owner may place higher priority on public spaces; for example, much of her main deck is devoted to an enormous dining and entertainment area that opens onto an al fresco space.

The same allocation of space is repeated on her upper deck, where a skylounge nearly as big as the saloon opens onto a second al fresco dining area. The flying bridge is devoted to outdoor leisure and relaxation, with a hot tub forward and sunpads aft, linked by a seating area under the hardtop. At the sedate speeds that this yacht offers, the owner and yacht charter guests might spend more time en route than they are accustomed, but they enjoy the trip a lot more.

This is the largest yacht built by Christensen and joins other yachts by this builder in the Caribbean charter fleet, especially, LADY JANET, LADY JOY, and PARTY GIRL 146.

When it comes to premium quality that transcends all others, Christensen provides the advantage of producing cored composite construction and being an ABS-certified shipyard. All mega yachts by this builder are built with the finest composite materials available. Their cutting-edge construction processes including large scale FRP infusion coupled with proprietary in-house techniques to create a high strength-to-weight ratio stronger than steel and solid laminate. This makes all of their yachts true deep water, transoceanic global explorers.

Durable composites do not corrode in salt water thereby increasing the life expectancy of exterior paint by three times over steel or aluminum. Bilges and fuel tanks are created to stay clean and rust free. Fully-insulated hulls eliminate the double boiler effect, which result in condensation associated with solid laminate and metal yachts in warm cruising waters.