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Krill Monitoring System

The goal of Krill Systems is to make the elegant and informative monitoring we often see on megayachts possible on the boats most of us cruise in. The solution is a flexible system that employs two types of Sensor Pods—one for all things electrical (shown at right), the other for tanks and switches—and an efficient program called SoftDisplay (shown below). The

Owning Hollywood History

To most people Frances Langford was a glamorous singer and entertainer, appearing alongside the likes of James Cagney, Bob Hope, Perry Como, Don Ameche, Jackie Gleason, and other bold-name stars. To residents of Jensen Beach, Florida, and many a boater who ventured along that eastern shore, however, she was simply one of their own.

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Sol Ambition

The Island Pilot's DSe's catamaran hulls are long and slender to produce minimum drag.

When the first Island Pilot 395 was introduced two years ago, she defied established convention and raised a lot of eyebrows, partly due to her distinctive angular styling, but mainly

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2006

Megayacht. Superyacht. Gigayacht. No matter what you call them, one thing is for sure: These yachts are getting bigger all the time. Just ten years ago, for example, the yachts rounding out the bottom of our exclusive “America’s 100 Largest Yachts” feature were about 100 feet LOA, give or take a few inches; these days 150-footers don’t even make the list.

Another thing that’s been growing

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #1: Rising Sun

#1: RISING SUN—452’8”

When is big too big? Apparently when it’s nearly 453 feet—or at least that’s what Larry Ellison believes. The head of Oracle Corporation, who’s been an avid yachtsman for years, told Forbes in July, “I think I made a mistake, making Rising Sun so big. It is one and a half football fields

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #2: Octopus

#2: Octopus—414'0"

Throw a dart at any coastline around the world, and chances are that Octopus has been there. Arguably the most active private cruiser in the world, the yacht has been journeying practically nonstop since launch. Just this year alone she’s cruised from Jamaica to Barbados and then on to Panama,

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #3: Limitless

#3: Limitless—315’8”

Nearly ten years after her delivery, Limitless still astounds with her technical features. She was the first yacht purpose-built for diesel-electric propulsion, and she was also the first to feature Dynamic Positioning (DP), technology that permits a vessel to keep a specific location regardless

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #5: Lone Ranger

#5: Lone Ranger—255'0”

Some people mistakenly believe this yacht is owned by someone affiliated with the famed TV and radio shows by the same name. While the producer of those programs did own a yacht, it was many years ago—and besides, the boat was nowhere near this former salvage tug’s size. This Lone Ranger

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #7: Laurel

#7: Laurel—240’0”

How’s this for a debut? Laurel is the largest yacht built on American soil during the past 75 years. She’s been busy since delivery, heading through the Panama Canal from the West Coast and cruising around Europe, having been spotted in Croatia, Italy, and Greece in the summer. Another noteworthy

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #8: Skat

#8: Skat—233'0"

Charles Simonyi, a software developer, couldn’t care less about the world knowing he owns this yacht. In fact, he talks openly about her and is often seen onboard, particularly in Europe in the summertime. Just this past season she was spotted in Italy, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. But c’mon, Charles, you of all people should know

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #9: Reverie

#9: Reverie—229'7"

Frescoes, pilasters, columns, and marble (of course) highlight this yacht’s interior. Charterers love her spacious accommodations, given that Reverie has a 41-foot beam and just five guest staterooms besides the master suite. She’s available for 525,000 euro per week (about $669,000 at presstime), plus expenses. If someone isn’t

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #10: Floridian

#10: FLORIDIAN—228’0”

Folks in Camden, Maine, have seen their fair share of yachts over the years, but most were surprised to see this 228-footer anchored just outside the harbor in early July. After all, three of her toys—including two 22-foot tenders and a 43-foot sportfisherman—are more along the lines of the boats that make up the harbor’s

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #12: White Cloud

#12: WHITE CLOUD—220’10”

The former New Horizon L is now in the hands of an American rumored to be a high-tech entrepreneur who previously owned two other yachts on our list. He had her extended from 197 feet LOA, and although we’ve received reports of her new length being 218 as well as nearly 221 feet, the LOA above is equivalent to 67.34 meters, which

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #13: Falcon

#13: FALCON—219’8”

At presstime, Falcon was expected to be delivered within about a month’s time. No doubt her owner will spend a lot of time checking out the view from the two balconies (one to port, one to starboard) contained within the master suite. There’s also a spa onboard (which we’d be glad to help break in).

Y: 2006; B: Lrssen,

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #14: City of Vegas

#14: City Of Vegas—215'0"

Making her debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, this is the first in Shadow Marine’s Allure Class shadow boat series. What’s a “shadow boat,” you ask? She’s a yacht that is intended to cruise in tandem with another yacht (hence “shadow” her), carrying the bulk of the watertoys and perhaps even the helicopter and

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #15: Turmoil

#15: Turmoil—209'0"

Gary Comer, the founder of clothing company Lands’ End and a passionate adventurer, spent several years cruising everywhere from Alaska to Russia and Papua New Guinea to Japan—even up to the Arctic—aboard a same-named 151-footer. In the process, he hosted several scientists and environmental experts, and learned a lot about

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #16: Apogee

#16: Apogee—205'0"

Upwards of $375,000 per week will let you charter Apogee and see what her 16-person crew can do to help you relax. Given her Wurlitzer jukebox, karaoke system, kayaks, waterskis, and dive gear, however, you’d be hard-pressed not to have a good time.

Y: 2003; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,260-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #17: Fortunato

#17: Fortunato—203'5"

Talk about a cool tender: Fortunato totes a 47-foot Wally. That’s not to imply that her other toys are lacking. In fact, there’s a 26-foot semicustom boat outfitted for fishing and diving, and there’s also a 22-foot ski boat. But our favorite is the 15-foot floating trampoline.

Y: 2000;

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #18: Rasselas

#18: RASSELAS—203’4”

Even though you won’t find her listed on the major yacht-charter broker’s Web sites, Rasselas does indeed charter, but only to a handful of people the owner personally approves. The lucky few would be wise to note her two fireplaces (one in the saloon, the other in the skylounge) and how part of the sundeck becomes an extra “saloon”

Outer Reef 80 Raised Pilothouse

Outer Reef 80 Raised Pilothouse

Some people think “classic” and “stylish” are at opposite ends of the spectrum, i.e., traditional versus modern. However, some classics never go out of style, like two-seater sports cars and the basic black cocktail dress. Among the ranks of these durable classic styles is the raised-pilothouse

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #21: Mduse

#21: Mduse—198’10”

Sometimes even solid-looking sales don’t go through. That’s apparently the case with this Feadship; we’d been told last year by a well-placed source that new owners had named her Ithaka, in honor of a Greek island, but she is still in the hands of Paul Allen (see

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