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Queenship Yachts produces motoryachts in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. Its beginnings stem from a longtime shipyard on the Fraser River. The experience that Queenship brings to custom yacht building is extensive and evidenced in every yacht produced. Queenship works with both customers and designers to personalize each yacht, meeting and exceeding the discerning requirements of experienced yachtsmen who choose Queenship as the ultimate motor yacht. Custom built Queenship hulls are especially strong, made of mixed resins, and lightweight. Queenship engineers solve the problem of fuel usage versus yacht cruising range by paying particular attention to hull design. For instance, their Caribe Series luxury yacht hulls are a direct descendant of the U.S. Navy’s Fast Patrol Boat Program, featuring soft dry rides, superb roll dampening and stability at any speed. Attention to safety is paramount and shines through with forethought, such as rounded corners at wall and cabinet edges to prevent injury in rough seas. Their backyard consists of one of the world’s harshest testing grounds (or waters), the Pacific Northwest. Queenship builds a variety of yachts, including sportcruisers, super salon cruisers, wide body models, and pilothouse motoryachts. Sizes of Queenship yachts range from 56 feet to 90 feet in overall length. Queenship has created some of the world’s most celebrated yachts and has been honored with coveted awards, such as the International Superyacht Society’s “Best Semi-Displacement” Award and “Best Motor Yacht Interior” Award.
Queenship 74’ Motoryacht "Meriweather"Boat Building At Its Best! by Carl Camper What makes a “Yacht?” The many facets of boat building – a swarm, a galaxy of them – must be catalogued, assembled, finally installed; one by one, until “they,” that mass, becomes a single, glorious – One – an opus. Individual elements – sometimes outstanding in themselves – blend together to become the “soul” of the final structure... a striking, magnificent, even precious “Yacht”. Certainly all builders strive for excellence; a select few produce a vessel that is more than simply notable, but outstanding in every way. Queenship 74’ is one of those; endowed with that rare, particular quintessence to fulfill the dreams of many cruisers; their “Yacht.” In the summer of 2009, I visited several yards in the Pacific NorthWest, saving our last stop to visit an old friend, Jim Hawkins, the project manager and engineer behind Queenship/Crescent Yachts, located in Maple Ridge, BC. As a veteran boat builder, Jim is one of the most knowledgeable people in the business; a hands-on builder juggling everyday details from spreadsheets to spreading resin. Jim started as an apprentice boatbuilder in New Zealand building sail boats before heading to Canada, later heading-up Crescent Yachts during the ramp-up years. Recently, he teamed up with another industry veteran, Lee Taubeneck, who was previously the general manager of Westport Shipyards. Lee was the man who implemented and oversaw the development and building of the Westport 164’ - not just the boat - but the entire facility! Prior to his tenure at Westport, Lee was vice president of the U.S. Marine Division of Brunswick Corp. Talk about a dynamic duo!