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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,, 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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #64: Lazy Z

#64: LAZY Z—165’8”

Caribbean cruising is yours for $225,000 per week this winter aboard this charter yacht. If you have kids, you’ll appreciate knowing there’s a set of training water-skis for them as well as an inflatable children’s water slide. You and the rest of the adults in your group will have to settle for the banana boat, kayaks, and

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #67: Potomac

#67: Potomac—165'0"

Nicknamed “the floating White House,” this was the Presidential yacht for FDR. A private yacht today, she cruises the San Francisco Bay area. In keeping with her history, she has two high-frequency (HF) radios in her radio room. While they’re not operational, a Ham radio (which operates on the same band) was recently donated and is in

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #68: Andale

#68: Andale—164'0"

For sale for 25.7 million euro (nearly $33 million at presstime), Andale has a standout feature just forward of her pilothouse: an eight-person circular seating area and table. While her owners are reserving her name and the model sailboat she has on display, she is set up for diving and charter.

Y: 2004; B: Codecasa,

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #70: Happy Days

#70: HAPPY DAYS—164’0”

This new launch boasts 7,500 square feet of living area. The owner’s suite on the upper deck has a dining area with windows that lower to let in cool breezes. And speaking of the owner, he wanted the interior to be reminiscent of the ocean, so there’s a lot of custom glasswork onboard, from a blown-glass chandelier above the dining room

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #72: Vango

#72: VANGO—164’0”

An American stepped up to this yacht, the largest launch to date from Westport Shipyard, from a 130-footer (also from Westport). Vango is a play on the name of famed artist Vincent Van Gogh; in keeping with the theme, there are re-creations of his paintings throughout the yacht. There’s also an onyx

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #73: Invader

#73: INVADER—163’7”

Sometimes it’s a good thing to rock the boat: Invader has hosted bands on her top deck for the official opening celebration of boating season in San Francisco Bay. Jim Gabbert, a longtime broadcaster and station owner in California, owns her.

Y: 1999; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #74: Triton

#74: TRITON—163’0”

Because Triton is set up for reef diving and long-term cruising, the owners and guests naturally will want video footage of some of their excursions. Therefore the office on the main deck contains a video-editing station for their use. There’s also an underwater camera fitted into the yacht’s bulbous bow.

Y: 2004; B: Delta

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #75: Shandor

#75: SHANDOR—162’10”

New Zealand, Malaysia, Montenegro, and the less-exotic-but-no-less-beautiful Malta have been on this yacht’s itinerary over the past two years. Previous owners of this yacht include entertainer Merv Griffin and British business baron Alan Sugar.

Y: 1986/1994; B: Fr. Schweers, Germany; N: Gerhard Gilgenast; H: Steel; E: 1/2,300-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #76: Lady J

#76: Lady J—162’6”

Launched as an oil-rig supply vessel, this converted craft, sporting an astounding 40-foot beam, has spent significant time in Seattle over the past several years. If you’ve been following this list for a while, you might notice the LOA above is shorter than what we’ve previously given. Turns out her official registration with the U.S.

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #77: Mystique

#77: Mystique—162’4”

While these days it’s common to see an owner’s deck on either the main or an upper level of a yacht, 17 years ago, when Mystique was delivered, it was unusual. Her owner’s suite is abaft the wheelhouse, complete with a private alfresco area.

Y: 1989; B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Jon Bannenberg/Phil Curran; H: Aluminum;

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #79: Te Manu

#79: Te Manu—161'9"

An annual visitor to New York City’s North Cove Marina, Te Manu totes windsurfers, snorkel gear, double and slalom water skiis, and other fun toys her owner and guests can play with.

Y: 1998; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #80: Michaela Rose

#80: Michaela Rose—161’5”

This yacht spent the summer in Greece, although the recent trip from Chile to Antarctica must have been even more fascinating, as the owner and guests had an ornithologist onboard to learn about albatrosses and other species.

Y: 1984; B: Fr. Schweers, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,037-hp Deutz-MWMs

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #81: Lady In Blue

#81: Lady In Blue—161'0"

A fireplace and dining area are highlights of this yacht’s skylounge. There are also eight types of wood used throughout her various decks. She belongs to Jeffrey Sofer, the principal of real-estate developer Turnberry Associates.

Y: 2004; B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,200-hp Cummins

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #82: Zoom Zoom Zoom

#82: Zoom Zoom Zoom—161’0”

If you’re a fan of HGTV, then you may have seen Zoom Zoom Zoom and her split-level owner’s stateroom on your TV this fall. But the summer of ‘05 is one that the owner and crew will never forget, as some of the crew and Trinity Yachts’ craftsmen rode out Hurricane Katrina onboard at the