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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #39: Altitude

#39: ALTITUDE—180’4”

Talk about very important people: There are two VIP suites aboard this charter yacht. Among her cool toys are two kayaks with removable drive units that, when in place, permit pedaling versus paddling propulsion.

Y: 2003; B: Benetti, Italy; N: Stefano Natucci; H: Steel; E: 2/1,850-hp Caterpillars

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #42: Starfire

#42: STARFIRE—178’0”

Alfresco dining will never be the same after you experience it the Starfire way. Aft in the skylounge is a circular dining area with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that slide open, while overhead star-like lights add to the atmosphere.

Y: 1997; B: Benetti, Italy; N: Stefano Natucci; H: Steel; E: 2/1,573-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #45: Katharine

#45: Katharine—177'0"

Several yachts in this size range have sweeping spiral staircases, but Katharine’s yields special views. When standing at the top of the stairs, guests can look down the center to the lower foyer and see a compass rose inlay in marble. When at the base of the stairs, they can look up to the

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #46: Kisses

#46: Kisses—175'0"

Most people believe this Feadship belongs to a gentleman affiliated with the Hershey corporation, given the name. The simple truth is that the owner’s wife happens to like the chocolate confections from the famed Pennsylvania company. Kisses was spotted in Ibiza and

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #47: Noble House

#47: Noble House—173'9"

A baby grand piano keeps guests entertained in the saloon. Should the owner decide to do some long-term cruising with a few guests (11 others can be accommodated), the crew can stow a few months’ stores away.

Y: 2003; B: Sensation Yachts, New Zealand; N: Overing Yacht Designs; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #49: Passion

#49: Passion—173'0"

Surely a favorite feature of charter guests, a huge sunbed snugs up against the top-deck Jacuzzi aboard Passion. If indoor activities are more to their liking, there are arcade games and a 72-inch plasma TV in the saloon. Her winter rate is $200,000 per week.

Y: 1986/2003; B: Swedeship, Sweden/Astilleros de Mallorca,

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #50: Big Eagle

#50: Big Eagle—172'0"

Where most yachts with cockpits would place a fighting chair, Big Eagle has a barbecue. Anyone relaxing on the third-highest of her four decks need not venture down the stairs to grab a bite to eat, however, as there’s a service pantry and full bar up here.

Y: 1980; B: Mei Shipyard, Japan; N: Builder; H: Steel; E:

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #52: Revelation

#52: Revelation—172’0”

Plenty of charter yachts lay claim to having unique offerings, but Revelation takes the cake with her onboard naturalist. That’s because when this yacht charters, she doesn’t just cruise around an area, she gets you up close and personal with everything from ice floes to blue-footed

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #53: Taipan

#53: Taipan—172'0"

The master suite onboard this Asian-themed lady has a great feature: Mandarin characters representing long life, luck, and good health, carved out of teak. The yacht’s name is also carved there.

Y: 1982/1998; B: CRN, Italy/Rybovich Spencer, USA (refit); N: Builder/Calhoun & Co.; H: Steel; E: 2/1,120-hp Blackstones

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #54: Battered Bull

#54: Battered Bull—170'9"

When the contract was signed for Battered Bull, the owners wanted a yacht capable of global cruising. Eleven years later, they’ve been to 50 different countries and are still going strong. Just this past summer they cruised Ireland, Scotland, and England, and as you’re reading this they’re

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #55: Halcyon Days

#55: Halcyon Days—170'7"

Halcyon indeed: A decorative fireplace inside underscores the relaxing atmosphere onboard. A Jacuzzi tub is tucked under the radar arch on the sundeck, too.

Y: 1994; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,280-hp Caterpillars

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #56: Mystere Shadow

#56: MYSTERE SHADOW—170’0”

Sporting a black and red paint job, this shadow yacht is for sale for $8.5 million and ready, willing, and able to accommodate an armada of toys or even extra guests in a configuration of your choice (including whomever you wish to put in the stateroom that one of the former principals behind Shadow Marine, which oversaw her

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #57: Dream

#57: DREAM—169’9”

While most owners reserve large areas or even entire deck levels for themselves, the owner of Dream didn’t forget his VIP guests. That’s why the VIP suite is truly a suite and not just a stateroom, able to have a lounge (with game table and seating area) and alfresco area (perfect for sunning or dining,

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #58: Beauport

#58: BEAUPORT—168’11”

Four million dollars will get you this shippy-looking lady. She was built as a buoy tender and sounding vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard and used solely in fresh water from her launch until 1990. An American decided to convert her into a yacht in 1993, and yet another American has been using her since 1998. Of note is her original

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #59: Enterprise V

#59: ENTERPRISE—168’80”

The late marine artist Harry Clow painted a terrific watercolor of this lady(along with several other notable yachts) a few years ago. Prints are hardto come by, unfortunately, now that the Web site that had been sellingthem, MarineGallery.com, seems to be out of business.

Y: 1992; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #60: Haida

#60: HAIDA—168’0”

Yeast magnate Max Fleischman commissioned this yacht in August 1947. She saw service for the Coast Guard for a few years before returning to private service and is presently the proud possession of a Texan, who’s having her extensively refitted to bring her to modern standards.

Y: 1947; B: Bath Iron Works, USA; N: John H. Wells; H:

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #61: Helios 2

#61: HELIOS 2—168’0”

A $3-million refit saw this yacht gain a blue hull, a few feet in length (she was launched as 161 feet), and a few safety upgrades with kids in mind. Of course adults weren’t forgotten: They get to use the eight-person Jacuzzi tub. She’s named for the god of the sun.

Y: 2002; B: Palmer Johnson, USA;

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #62: Jamaica Bay

#62: JAMAICA BAY—168’0”

When the sundeck Jacuzzi of this charter yacht isn’t in use, large sunpads cover it and convert the entire forward section of the deck—the size of some Manhattan apartments—into a restful spot where you and a handful of your friends can sprawl.

Y: 1986; B: Schweers, Germany; N: Diana

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