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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #28: Al Diriyah

#28: AL DIRIYAH —257’9”

Al Diriyah has spent many a day in Puerto Banus, Spain, alongside a number of yachts owned by the Saudi royal family—and leading us to believe in previous years that she belonged to the late Saudi King Fahd. She’s named for a protected site in the abandoned former capital of Saudi

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #29: Delphine

#29: DELPHINE—257’8”

This is the only steam yacht in this size range available for charter—and one of the few steam yachts still equipped with her original engines. Delphine also carries two tenders that were made especially for her in 1927. Jacques Bruynooghe, a Belgian businessman, and his daughter Inneke oversaw the refit and restoration

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #30: Montkaj

#30: MONTKAJ—256’0”

This yacht frequents Monaco as well as Cannes and Antibes in France. Distinctive round ports dot her upper decks. While most yachts these days have custom lighting that beautifully illuminates them at night, the scheme aboard Montkaj is truly impressive; warm accent lighting highlights her upper

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #31: Lone Ranger

#31: LONE RANGER—255’0”

Lone Ranger was seen Down Under in Sydney around the Christmas holidays. She’d had quite a year in ‘05, kicking it off with a trip to Antarctica in January and February and then heading to the decidedly warmer waters of Tahiti.

Y: 1973/1994; B: Schichau-Unterwesser, Germany; N: Claus Kusch (conversion); H: Steel;

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #32: Samar

#32: SAMAR—252’6”

For the better part of the past three years, this yacht has been shrouded in secrecy. In fact, if you’re an avid yacht-watcher, this is probably the first time you’re seeing her real name, as she’s been known as Project Lana at the owner’s request since the contract was signed. While most of her features are a mystery, there are a few

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #33: Princess Mariana

#33: PRINCESS MARIANA—252’3”

Does your boss treat you well? Bet he or she isn’t as good to you and your fellow employees as Princess Mariana’s owner is to his. Carlos Peralta Quintero (who’s also the president of Mexican cellular phone company Iusacell and the owner of the Mexico City Tigres baseball team) treated a

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #34: Lady Sarya

#34: LADY SARYA—250’4”

If you’re from the New York area, then no doubt you recognize the name William Levitt (the housing developer of Levittown fame). He was the original owner of this yacht, which has unmistakable twin funnels aft, more than 30 years ago. These days she’s in the hands of former Saudi oil minister Sheik Ahmed Yamani (see

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #36: Giant

#36: GIANT—247’0”

An icebreaker-turned-expedition-yacht with a bright-red hull, Giant has a garage for a four-by-four as well as a plethora of other toys, including two 40-foot sportfishermen, a handful of PWCs and RIBs, windsurfers, waterskiing and snorkeling equipment, a kayak, and even mountain bikes. The master

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #37: Leander

#37: LEANDER—245’3”

Arguably one of the most beautiful, graceful yachts afloat, this blue-hulled lady treats her elite charter guests like royalty, given the two-to-one crew-to-guest ratio. All 12 of her guests can go snorkeling together, as there’s equipment for everyone. Whoever is staying in the master suite might decide to remain onboard and take in

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #38: Enigma

#38: ENIGMA—244’4”

New Zealand’s M2 magazine listed Enigma in an article aptly named “10 Super Yachts We Want” (subtitled “We’re Not Fussed on the Order”). Among the reasons: the 100-inch retractable projection TV screen and the 50-inch plasma TV, both in the saloon. The editors also are under the impression

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #39: Ilona

#39: ILONA —241’8”

Ilona spent about two months in Barcelona earlier this year, before causing a stir in London in May when she docked at Canary Wharf. She’s the pride of Frank Lowry, an Australian real-estate magnate.

Y: 2003; B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder/Redman Whiteley Dixon; H: Steel; E: 2/2,500-hp Caterpillars

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #40: Salem

#40: SALEM—241’0”

This former weather ship remains somewhat of a mystery, as we haven’t been able to determine the year she was originally launched—though one report we’ve seen guesstimates that it was 1963 and that her launch name was Cumulus. She retains much of her original character and is typically seen in

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #41: Laurel

#41: LAUREL—240’0”

Sure, there are other, larger debuts on our list, but this one can claim something none of the others can: She’s the largest yacht built on American soil since the 1930’s. She also has a composite superstructure married to her steel hull (the latter of which was subcontracted to Dakota Creek Industries in Washington State), with styling

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #42: Queen M

#42: QUEEN M—238’2”

Tickling the ivories is likely a favorite pastime aboard Queen M, given the baby grand in the saloon (opposite a bar, of course). There’s an additional saloon of sorts on the upper deck, again with a piano and a bar. For closer-to-the-water fun, there’s a 25-foot tender and a custom 26-foot water taxi, both stowed aft in the

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #43: RM Elegant

#43: RM ELEGANT—237’5”

Her styling may not be what you consider, well, elegant (she resembles a half circle), but you can’t deny that RM Elegant makes you take a second look. Her staterooms are named after precious stones, like ruby, topaz, amethyst, citrine, and opal. The owner’s suite is nicknamed diamond (naturally). Check out

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #45: Tueq

#45: TUEQ—235’6”

This yacht is a frequent visitor to the South of France as well as Spain. Her owner is Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia, the brother of the late King Fahd. British designer Michael Leach did her interior, which, while it hasn’t been publicized, is likely quite opulent, given how most Saudi-owned yachts are.

Y: 2002; B: GNS Shipyard,

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #46: Kogo

#46: KOGO—235’3”

Alstom Marine is hoping that this recent delivery, featuring styling by Tim Heywood, leads to more yacht contracts and, in turn, the creation of an entire yacht division in house. A French newspaper reported that Kogo’s contract value was E44 million, which was nearly $57 million at press

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #49: Skat

#49: SKAT—233'0"

If you’ve ever wondered what the attraction of owning one of these megabeauties was, then consider this statement from Charles Simonyi, Skat’s owner: “Yachts are the closest a commoner can get to sovereignty.” He told that to Forbes, additionally revealing that he spends six months aboard. Simonyi, a

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #50: Boadicea

#50: BOADICEA—231'3"

Eighty-two-year-old Reg Grundy, the Australian media magnate, has long been reluctant to talk to the press—and given that The Age newspaper of his home country revealed that his yacht cost AUS$130 million (about $98 million at presstime), he’s probably more reluctant than ever. Too bad, because his yacht, available for

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #51: Absinthe

#51: ABSINTHE—230'4"

Chartering in Alaska and the rest of the Pacific Northwest isn’t terribly unusual, but the way Absinthe does it sure is. For $252,000 per week, her guests get to partake in heliskiing in remote areas where the powder is untouched. In Mexico and Costa Rica, she does helitours for sightseeing and

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #52: Reverie

#52: REVERIE—229'7"

Visitors to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands got a long look at this lady, considering she dropped anchor in North Sound a few times in the winter and spring this year. While the fact that she has a deck devoted to the owner’s exclusive use isn’t unusual for a yacht this size, it is remarkable

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #53: Sherakhan

#53: SHERAKHAN—229'7"

Friends or family members who complain about the size of their accommodations won’t have any argument aboard this charter yacht, as the guest staterooms range from 98 to 164 square feet each. And each is equipped with a minibar, though a Mars bar can’t possibly compare to the meals served at the formal dining table (for 26). Just

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