"Odessa", the pearl by the sea.
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"Odessa", the pearl by the sea.

Christensen 49m Odessa

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From the green granite bathroom in the master suite to the glittering engine room, the yacht Odessa - a true monument to the art of Christensen masters.

Odessa - This is the latest addition to Christensen's line of 160-foot yachts, and in addition to the stone finish of the bathroom, there are many curious details.

The yacht was named after the owner's grandmother, a Swiss citizen.

Above the interior of the yacht - the first European style interior on a yacht from American Christensen - the shipyard's designers worked together with the client. The rooms are furnished with Armani Casa furniture and the walls are finished with walnut panels with a special matte finish, shading the pattern of wood fibers. You will not find here traditional soft lines and rounded corners. It is a modern, slightly minimalist interior with a slight hint of Japanese style.

In the main deck saloon, a 950 litre aquarium with sea water separating the main saloon from the dining area is immediately noticeable. The three decks of the yacht are connected by an elegant staircase with a balustrade of walnut and patinated bronze. There is also an elevator that serves all four decks.

Closer to the bow there is an owner's cabin and office with upholstered furniture in grey tones contrasting with the wooden wall decoration. The bathroom here is more like a meditation room than a bathroom. The only surfaces not covered with luxurious green granite are the white sink and the mirror above it.

Of the five guest cabins on the lower deck, four are joined by a common lounge and the VIP cabin occupies the full width of the hull in the middle of the ship. The bathrooms are finished with onyx and Canadian marble. By the way, "Odessa" was the first Christensen yacht whose entire granite finish was produced in the shipyard's own stone-cutting workshop.

The crew of the yacht is accommodated in four cabins united by a cabin crew and a small kitchen. The owner did not compromise and ordered to finish the crew area as well as the guest areas and to provide the crew with access to entertainment systems on an equal basis with the guests. Anyone with experience in maintaining a yacht like this will confirm that the crew are happy and the guests are happy.

On the upper deck we are welcomed by an onyx bar, illuminated from the inside, which looks stunning in the muted lighting against a walnut veneer background. A large sofa invites guests to enjoy countless onboard entertainment options. There is a surround sound system, an HD projector with 100" screen, iPod connectors and screens in each cabin, as well as a waterproof Crestron remote control, from which you can control the 46" TV on the Sundeck directly from the Jacuzzi.

The full-beam sandek starts with a Jacuzzi for 12 people. Further aft on the teak deck there is a glass bar and a large horseshoe-shaped sofa.

The yacht's engine room is the owner's legitimate pride. This kingdom of chrome and white enamel has been finished with as much care as the magnificent interiors.

As for the exterior finish, this is the first time that Christensen Shipyard has departed from the standard white paint scheme. The hull of the yacht is black pearl and the superstructure is painted silver.

Naturally, the splendor of Odessa is not limited by its appearance alone. The ship is equipped with the latest technology, with control systems from Johnson Electronics, two Furuno radars and powerful broadband Sea Tel antennas for video communications. With a night vision camera on the top mast, the crew can confidently look forward in total darkness or fog, while 14 outdoor cameras allow the crew to monitor the entire space of the yacht.

The garage features two jet skis, a 15-foot sailboat and a 23-foot Chris Craft Catalina tender.

Attention to the beautiful little things on "Odessa" is not limited to the interior. Mysterious turquoise illumination goes all around the hull below the waterline, continuing the fabulous atmosphere of the yacht in the water.

Published in YACHTS Magazine #32.

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