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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #29: Dolce Far Niente

#29: Dolce Far Niente—190'8"

News broke in January that the converted tug Seawolfe C, which had been in Greek hands and on the market for a few years, had sold to an American. The current owner has had a 151-foot Benetti for a while, which he’s used privately and has made available for charter, so we anticipate seeing the same thing happen with

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #30: Helios

#30: Helios—189'3"

Exotic destinations have been on the itineraries of a few yachts on our list so far, and Helios is no different: She was in Papeete, Tahiti, in June. Named for the god of the sun, she has a bar in her skylounge that’s carved from onyx and glows at night.

Y: 2001; B: Oceanco, South

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #31: Excellence III

#31: EXCELLENCE III—187’10”

Ciao, bella! The largest yacht to date built by Abeking & Rasmussen was spotted in Naples, Italy, in August. Her owner, Herb Chambers, who also owns about two dozen car dealerships in New England, told The New York Times last November that he charters out the yacht about ten weeks per year to cover part of the $3 to

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #32: Ultima III

#32: Ultima III—187'9"

Ron Perelman, the head of Revlon who recently acquired the film-processing company Deluxe Film, has owned this yacht since her launch. He reportedly welcomed about 200 guests aboard in St. Barts last December on his birthday, which happens to be New Year’s Eve.

Y: 1998; B: Abeking &

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #33: Bad Girl

#33: Bad Girl—186'0"

The ex-Chamar was seen cruising around New York City and Nantucket, Massachusetts, this summer. She’s available for charter in the Caribbean this winter for up to $252,000 per week. Interesting fact: Over the course of 14 years, the yacht has only had one other owner.

Y: 1992; B: Brooke Yachts, England; N: Luigi

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #34: Sirona III

#34: Sirona III—185'4"

Northeastern car dealer extraordinaire Ray Catena sold this Oceanfast, formerly known as Sycara III, a few months ago in preparation for taking delivery of another yacht next year. The proud new owner wasted no time in putting her to good use, docking her outside the American Airlines Arena in Miami in June to catch the Heat

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #35: Barbara Jean

#35: Barbara Jean—185'3"

Forty-five million dollars will get you this classic-looking and well-traveled beauty, featuring a signature John Munford interior (mahogany everywhere). How well traveled? She’s been to New Zealand and the Baltic and was in Venice, Italy, just before presstime, so you’ll know you’re getting a proven cruiser. One thing you won’t

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #36: Paladin Shadow

#36: Paladin Shadow—185'0"

Here’s another shadow boat, this time part of the Paladin series. She also debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, ready to be packed with all the toys you could ever want to tote, ranging from PWCs to fishing boats and even cars. (Yep, cars: We’ve seen a Mini Cooper easily accommodated alongside myriad

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #39: Altitude

#39: ALTITUDE—180’4”

Talk about very important people: There are two VIP suites aboard this charter yacht. Among her cool toys are two kayaks with removable drive units that, when in place, permit pedaling versus paddling propulsion.

Y: 2003; B: Benetti, Italy; N: Stefano Natucci; H: Steel; E: 2/1,850-hp Caterpillars

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #42: Starfire

#42: STARFIRE—178’0”

Alfresco dining will never be the same after you experience it the Starfire way. Aft in the skylounge is a circular dining area with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that slide open, while overhead star-like lights add to the atmosphere.

Y: 1997; B: Benetti, Italy; N: Stefano Natucci; H: Steel; E: 2/1,573-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #45: Katharine

#45: Katharine—177'0"

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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #46: Kisses

#46: Kisses—175'0"

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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #47: Noble House

#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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #49: Passion

#49: Passion—173'0"

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,

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #50: Big Eagle

#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:

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #52: Revelation

#52: Revelation—172’0”

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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #53: Taipan

#53: Taipan—172'0"

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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #54: Battered Bull

#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

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