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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #88: Kanaloa

#88: Kanaloa—157'5"

Mediterranean and Caribbean chartering are the order of the day—or should we say week, at a rate of $220,000. While only one guest at a time can enjoy her towable donut, upwards of six can get splashed while being pulled along on the banana boat.

Y: 1996; B: CRN, Italy; N: Builder; H: Aluminum; E: 2/2,285-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #89: Barchetta

#89: Barchetta—157'0"

How can a yacht hit a pothole? When she’s Barchetta and being trailered down the road from her builder’s facility. Turns out a broken water pipe softened up the road and caused a delay during her launch last April. Thankfully no damage occurred, and Barchetta, featuring a bright-red

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #90: Flying Eagle

#90: Flying Eagle—157’0”

The largest yacht built by Bloemsma & Van Breemen can be yours for $34.9 million. She features a tricked-out tender garage, where part of the swim platform lowers, the tender cruises right inside, and a hatch seals it up.

Y: 2005; B: Bloemsma & Van Breemen, Holland; N: Vrikpack Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,400-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #91: Janie

#91: Janie—157'0"

Though her hull is blue, it should probably be orange, as her owner is a big fan of the University of Tennessee Vols. If you’re an SEC football fan as well, you can buy the yacht for $31.5 million and change the channels on the 50-inch plasma TV in the saloon and the 61-inch plasma TV in the skylounge—or all nine of the pilothouse

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #92: Lady Linda

#92: Lady Linda—157'0"

Talk about ironies: This yacht was handed over the last week of August, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which delayed completion of her construction and delivery in New Orleans. No matter now, though, as she’s enjoying her first weeks with her owners, who have previously owned a few yachts. Hopefully they’ll hire a

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #93: Nice N' Easy

#93: Nice N' Easy—157’0”

If you’re shopping for a megayacht and have $29.9 million to spend, this lady could be yours. If you buy her, may we suggest you have your first meal alfresco on the skylounge deck? You and nine of your friends/family can gather 'round the table, which features a lazy Susan; just don’t spin it too fast and send the canaps

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #94: Mustang Sally

#94: Mustang Sally—156’0”

Launched as Lady Florence, Mustang Sally has a leopard-print carpet in her skylounge as well as a twin cabin where one of the beds can be converted to a crib. She also tows a 30-foot Intrepid.

Y: 2005; B: Trinity Yachts, USA; N: Builder; H: Aluminum; E: 2/2,250-hp Caterpillars

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #95: Themis

#95: Themis—156’0”

Ron Motley, head of the Motley Rice law firm and featured in the Russell Crowe film The Insider, is said to often work aboard his yacht. She’s aptly named for the Greek goddess of justice.

Y: 1998; B: Trinity Yachts, USA; N: Builder/ Paragon Design; H: Aluminum; E: 2/2,250-hp Caterpillars

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #96: Princess K

#96: Princess K—155’10”

The people who bought this yacht last year stepped up from a 131-footer. Like many yachts on our list, she spent the summer in the Med.

Y: 1999; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/905-hp Caterpillars

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #98: One More Toy

#98: One More Toy—155'0"

If you and your spouse can’t agree on what colors to feature in your home, just agree to disagree by buying this yacht (for $23.8 million): “His” side of the master bath features green marble, while “her” side features blue.

Y: 2001; B: Christensen Shipyards, USA; N: Builder; H: Fiberglass; E: 2/1,800-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #99: Privacy

#99: Privacy—155’0”

No matter how much you beg, plead, and bribe us, we absolutely, positively will not tell you which famous and successful 30-year-old golfer owns this yacht. No siree.

Y: 2004; B: Christensen Shipyards, USA; N: Builder; H: Fiberglass; E: 2/1,800-hp DDC-MTUs

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #100: Ohana

#100: Ohana—154’0”

Turkey and Croatia were on Ohana’s itinerary this past summer. She’s likely en route to Florida as you read this to prepare for charter bookings this winter in the Caribbean.

Y: 1998; B: Admiral Marine Works, USA; N: Builder/Donald Starkey Designs; H: Fiberglass; E: 2/1,650-hp Caterpillars

2006 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Guests mingle at the Fairline cocktail party sponsored by Power & Motoryacht and The Harborage Club at the 2006 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Fairline employees welcome guests with smiles.
The band

Weather or Not

There was so much dust in the air in St. Thomas this summer that Pamela Wilson could taste it. "You can hear it in my voice," she said in early July. "I can’t breathe."

For a lot of people, this would be an uncomfortable inconvenience, but for Wilson, the implications were huge. As the general manager of the charter firm

The World's 10 Most Expensive Charters

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What's better than relaxing beside the ocean at a luxury resort, cool drink next to you, being waited on hand and foot? How about doing the same thing aboard a megayacht, where all those amenities and more are yours? And instead of having to share the pool, sauna, or watertoys with strangers, the only other guests

Earthrace Saga

Earthrace is a B100-powered 78-foot trimaran with carbon fiber and Kevlar laminates and engine air intakes atop her “wings” to facilitate breathing in the wave-piercing mode. Below: Earthrace’s proposed around-the-world route.

New Zealander Peter Bethune, a one-time oil-exploration engineer now solidly into 100-percent

Outside In

Of all the fish living today, more than 96 percent are teleosts, or bony fishes. They evolved from fish that had external skeletons, eventually developing tough internal bones that made them stronger and swifter swimmers, able to explore anywhere.

It’s hard to imagine prehistoric exoskeletons—to comprehend what nature looks like when it is literally

Viking Custom Yachts Sanlorenzo 88

Viking Custom Yachts Sanlorenzo 88

Some years ago, as a means of expanding and diversifying its product offerings, New Jersey-based Viking Yachts forged a strategic alliance with England’s Princess Yachts to produce the Viking Sport Cruisers line. Now, as Viking sets its sights on building a line of custom motoryachts, it has

Food For Thought

If someone asked your chef whether you are a good yacht owner, you probably would want the response to be something like this: "I’ve searched for this boss my entire career. I will probably do this job five to seven years longer than I wanted to. I can’t see, I just can’t see, why I would leave such a perfect situation."

Even better, if someone asked your yacht’s chef how he or she

A New Standard

A few years ago, Tom Murphy was pretty sure he wanted absolutely nothing to do with Hargrave Custom Yachts.

A few months ago, having spent two years working with Murphy, Hargrave Custom Yachts was pretty sure it never wanted to deal with another yacht owner like him again.

Funny, then, how

Piece(s) de Resistance

Who among us isn’t keenly interested in acquiring something new or different? When it comes to the amenities aboard your yacht, this can translate to something as simple as taking the latest home trend or a familiar object from land-based life and incorporating it—with a twist, of course—into offshore living.

And that’s happening with increasing frequency

San Juan 40 Fly Bridge

San Juan 40 Fly Bridge

It's abundantly clear that San Juan Yachts has found a look and a style to stay with. Each model, from the 30-foot Express to the 48-foot Fly Bridge, retains the distinctive air of the original San Juan 38. So it’s no surprise that the new 40-foot Fly Bridge adheres to the same proven concept: handsome

The Great Global Game

It can be difficult to think of a luxury yacht charter as a business proposition. Top-deck Jacuzzis, gourmet food and wine, and pristine stretches of beaches, after all, are the kinds of things you seek out when you hope to leave the concept of “market share” behind.

Yet for the countless people who work in the worldwide charter marketplace, every weeklong booking is in fact a small piece

Big Bills, Little Bills

The fish is peeling line off my heavy-duty Penn International 70VS like a Japanese bullet train hell-bent to make one station stop—freedom. Fighting 22 pounds of drag at strike, the unseen and unknown fish has to slow down. It has to! I’ve stopped giant tuna on gear like this. I lean back, and the 5’6” stand-up rod makes an inverted U as my Braid belt and harness support me. The fish is

Does This Stuff Really Work?

When I first came up with the notion of modifying a modern recreational vessel so I could do a side-by-side performance comparison between plain ol’ diesel fuel and the environmentally friendly, vegetable-based stuff getting so much press these days, the idea didn’t seem that complicated. I mean, how tough could it be? All I had to do was find a boat, install a temporary bladder-type tank in her

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