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Wondrous Wenger: Aquagraph 1,000 Meter Diver

Looking for a high-performance Swiss watch that's stylish and rugged but don't want to dip into the kids' college fund to pay for it? Then one of these from the maker of the famed Swiss Army Knife is a good bet. The $375 Aquagraph 1,000 Meter Diver offers many of the same features as some more expensive watches: It's waterproof to 3,300 feet, features a

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2006

Gentle reader, it's time we had a talk. We've noticed you've been behaving rather, well, peculiar lately. You know, like how you've been describing leaving your car in your driveway as Med-mooring. And how you've been referring to 30-odd-foot speedboats as tenders.

There are a few other things we've noticed, too:

—you've been insisting that your "crew" (a.k.a. your kids) paint

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #1: Al Salamah

#1: AL SALAMAH—456’10”

CNN said it best about Al Salamah: "a vessel beside which most similar boats look like little more than glorified pedalos." That’s not hard to do, considering she rises eight decks high. (No wonder tourists have mistaken her for a cruise ship.) She’s said to have 82 rooms, one of which is an

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #2: Rising Sun

#2: RISING SUN—452’8"

Residents and visitors alike in the British Virgin Islands got a good look at Rising Sun, which adorns our cover, a few months ago, when she dropped anchor near The Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda and cruised around other islands. No doubt they admired her both day and night; we say

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #4: Savarona

#4: SAVARONA—408’0”

If there’s any doubt that people in general, not just regular readers like you, can’t get enough of these yachts, then here’s your proof: There’s a Turkish restaurant in London named after Savarona. This lavish yacht has a 282-foot-long staircase, with a solid-brass balustrade, connecting her shelter deck (shaded aft deck) to

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #5: Alexander

#5: ALEXANDER—400’2”

This former cruise ship can accommodate upwards of 80 guests. That’s a big attraction for large charter parties as well as corporate charters. Among the 26 guest staterooms are 14 two-bedroom suites, each with a connecting saloon that can also be used as a small meeting room. Alexander also has a 27-seat cinema and a

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #6: Turama

#6: TURAMA—381’11”

Seventy guests and 60 crew can fill the decks of Turama, and still there’d be plenty of elbowroom left over. The main saloon has a grand piano as well as a dance floor, plus a plasma TV—but movie watching is arguably better in the private theater that can seat 12. Should you decide to charter

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #7: Atlantis II

#7: ATLANTIS II—379’7”

When the Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos was alive, he commissioned this yacht as a replacement for one he gave to Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd. Atlantis II remains in the hands of the Niarchos family and is nearly always tied stern-to in Monaco’s Port Hercule. She did leave the marina briefly in May, however, in the days

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #8: Pelorus

#8: PELORUS—377’3”

Pelorus and her owner, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, spent the winter cruising in the Indian Ocean, including the Seychelles and the Maldives. The yacht has a clever assortment of hatches that open up or fold down to reveal various tenders and their respective launching systems as well as

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #10: Lady Moura

#10: LADY MOURA—344’0”

To say that Lady Moura is impressive is like saying Claude Monet was a good painter. She towers over every other yacht in Monaco’s Port Hercule, where you’ll typically find her in the summer, and is kept in pristine condition. She’s been accompanied over the years by a variety of yachts that

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #11: Christina O

#11: CHRISTINA O—325’3”

If we had a dollar for each time a gossip sheet or entertainment magazine showed pictures of a celebrity aboard “his yacht” or “her yacht,” we’d own one of these ourselves. So we had to laugh when British rag OK! featured Sean “P Diddy” Combs on its cover in August 2005, posing aboard Christina O beneath the cover

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #12: Carinthia VII

#12: CARINTHIA VII— 321’5”

When 19-year-old Heidi Jelinek walked into a hotel bar in 1959, little did she suspect that she’d end up one of the richest people in the world. Today, known as Heidi Horten, she’s worth about $3 billion, according to Forbes, and does what many wealthy individuals do: travels to various vacation

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #13: Limitless

#13: LIMITLESS—315’8”

Forty-one feet wide, Limitless has abundant room for her owner, American Leslie Wexner (CEO of Limited Brands, which owns The Limited, Victoria’s Secret, and other apparel stores), and guests to spread out and relax. While you can see the layout of her various decks on Lrssen’s Web site, you

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #14: Evergreen

#14: EVERGREEN—302’4”

Given the strength of sales throughout the megayacht market, especially in this stratospheric size range, it’s strange to see that this yacht has been for sale for the past several years. She can accommodate 28 guests, features a karaoke lounge, and belongs to Evergreen shipping corporation founder and chairman Chang

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #16: Nahlin

#16: NAHLIN—300’0”

Nahlin arrived at Nobiskrug in Germany last summer for a long and undoubtedly laborious restoration, given her age and condition. From the 1980’s through the late 1990’s, she’d been left to deteriorate in Romania, having been used as a restaurant for a few decades prior to that. And while she’d been partially refitted earlier

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #17: Ice

#17: ICE—295’3”

Formerly known as Air under Italian ownership, this Lrssen sold to 40-year-old oil billionaire Suleiman Kerimov of Russia last year. The yacht ventured from Barcelona to Antigua before ringing in 2006, then visited Aruba in March, where some people were under the impression that she belonged to

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #18: Constellation

#18: CONSTELLATION—290’3”

There was some confusion as to whether or not this vessel belonged on our list. Part of the reason was we’d confused her with same-named (and similar-size) Oceanco belonging to a Middle Eastern head of state, and for the purposes of this list, we exclude yachts such as that. Confusion over, we now know that this

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #19: Asean Lady

#19: ASEAN LADY—289’0”

While Brian Chang, the head of China’s Yantai-Raffles Shipyard and Asean Lady’s owner, commissioned his yacht to withstand rough weather better than traditional motoryachts, he certainly didn’t expect to have to put her to the test the way she was in 2004. Anchored off Phuket, Thailand that December, the yacht experienced the

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #20: Arctic P

#20: ARCTIC P—288’7”

Sixty-eight-year-old Australian media baron Kerry Packer, who owned this converted commercial craft for a little more than a decade, died last December. Hundreds of people, including several titans of business from around the world, attended his funeral, and some people, such as British financier Joe Lewis, were put up on the yacht.

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #22: Kingdom 5KR

#22: KINGDOM 5KR—281’9”

First it was the world’s richest people, then it was the world’s most expensive yachts, and now it’s the world’s most eligible billionaires; Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia is on all of these Forbes’ lists. (What will they think of next, the world’s richest eligible bachelors who own the world’s most expensive yachts?) In

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #24: Annaliesse

#24: ANNALIESSE—279’8”

Given that she’s the same size, carries the same number of guests and crew (36 and 34, respectively), and looks nearly the same as Alysia, why would someone opt to charter Annaliesse instead? Maybe it’s the 1,313-square-foot master suite, with

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #25: O'Mega

#25: O’MEGA—270’7”

For $413,000 per week plus expenses, you can use O’Mega’s yoga and pilates studio, beauty salon, massage services, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi tubs (hey, a proper yacht can’t have just one, you know), and myriad watertoys, such as windsurfers, kneeboards, three-seater PWCs, and even a banana boat.

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