Stockton’s downtown marina will soon become the temporary home for one of the world’s best known super yachts, the 163 foot Casino Royale. The James Bond themed ship arrived in Stockton at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st; culminating a 10,000 mile journey which began in Genoa, Italy, last October. The yacht is owned by retired Fresno area CEO and business owner David McDonald. Regarding the ship’s Stockton arrival, Mr. McDonald stated, “I am thrilled to now have the Casino Royale so close to home. I really enjoy the California Delta and have many good friends in Stockton. The outstanding hospitality extended to us by the Stockton Marina and the City of Stockton is greatly appreciated. We are planning a number of exciting West Coast cruises based out of Stockton over the next year, including the Northwest and Alaska.”
The yacht’s westward trek from Italy included a comprehensive maintenance period in Florida where the ship’s mast was lowered by four feet to allow for passage beneath Stockton’s I-5 bridge. Other advance preparations include the yacht funded installation of custom shore power at the Stockton Marina. It is believed that the Casino Royale will be the largest private yacht to ever venture this far into the Delta. Mr. McDonald is a former member of the Delta Yacht Club and several years ago he berthed one of his previous yachts, the Halo, at Stockton’s River Point Landing.
ABOUT THE CASINO ROYALE
Owned by California businessman David McDonald, The Casino Royale is a spectacular 163 foot mega yacht built by Christensen Shipyards in Vancouver, Washington. Launched in the fall of 2008 after a three year build, the yacht was constructed under the close direction of famed yacht builder John Staluppi and remains the largest Christensen ever built. With dozens of unique features and a breathtaking interior, the Casino Royale was named “Queen of the Miami Boat Show” in 2009. The ship’s beam (width) is thirty feet, the draft (depth below waterline) is nine feet, the air draft (height above waterline) is fifty feet, and the yacht’s total weight is 848,000 pounds. Carrying 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel, she has trans-Atlantic range; and holds 2200 gallons of fresh water which is constantly replenished from sea water by two RO water makers. The Casino Royale cruises at twelve knots and has a top speed of eighteen knots. The yacht is powered by twin MTU engines producing 3540 horsepower, has three 480 volt high output generators, bow and stern thrusters, and zero-speed stabilizers.
Unique to the Casino Royale’s interior is the elaborate stonework throughout, striking original artwork, and extensive sapele mahogany raised panel woodwork. With six luxurious guest staterooms (each with en suite bath), the yacht can accommodate twelve guests who are constantly cared for by the ship’s permanent ten-person crew.
The yacht’s advanced audio/video system includes twenty-two HD televisions, US, European, and Caribbean satellite TV throughout, a movie library with 4200 titles, and a ten camera security system. There’s plenty of room to roam with 7000 feet of interior space in addition to 3000 feet of exterior deck space; and all four decks are accessible via elevator. The yacht has three tenders and carries four jet skis, two Vespa scooters, and two Segways. The Casino Royale has fifteen bathrooms, common area seating for ninety-six people, a top deck hot tub, and a commercial scale galley which can serve seventy meals per day. The Marshall Islands registered yacht’s prior cruising areas include Alaska, the US Northwest, the Panama Canal and Central America, Bahamas, the Caribbean, México, the Mediterranean, and the US East Coast. For complete photo library and more information, go to YachtCasinoRoyale.com.
For further information contact:
Erin Johnson ~ (559) 323-8108
Casino Royale Office Administrator
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