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
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
#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
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,
#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:
#51: Gallant Lady—172'0"
This is one of seven Feadships ever to carry the Lady name and is mostly used for charity cruises by Jim and Jan Moran of Florida, renowned for their philanthropy and for Jim’s involvement in bringing Toyota cars to the Southeast. Expect a 168-footer, also from
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
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
#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
#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
#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
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,
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
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
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:
#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;
#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
If you’re an ice cream or chocolate addict, you’ll love Illusion, as the chef makes these treats from scratch—no Breyer’s or Nestle here. The head chef (there are two chefs aboard) also makes some mean sushi. Log on to Yacht Illusion for more.
Y: 1983; B:
#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
#65: SWEET PEA—165’0”
Fun fact: When this Feadship, the ex-Blue Moon, was built, she was the world’s largest all-aluminum yacht. She spent this summer poking around various Eastern Seaboard ports like New York City and Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Y: 2000; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent
#66: Indigo Star—165'0"
This yacht shares her name with a 125-foot charter yacht; while they’re owned by the same person, this one is for private use.
Y: 2003; B: CBI Navi, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown
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
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,
#69: AURORA B—164’0”
The same owner has had this yacht since day one and guards his privacy, so other details are scarce.
Y: 1992; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,450-hp Caterpillars