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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.

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #26: Golden Odyssey

#26:GOLDEN ODYSSEY —265’7”

Golden Odyssey is the pride of Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia, who serves as the country’s deputy defense minister. He’s passionate about ocean research, particularly the preservation of coral reefs, and has loaned his yacht as well as others in his “Golden Fleet,” including

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #27: Bart Roberts

#27: BART ROBERTS—265’0”

Here’s another yacht that has unfortunately remained for sale for some time. Her current asking price is $15 million, $20 million less than originally desired. Perhaps her pirate-theme interior and exterior are just too much for most buyers to swallow. It took a little more than a year to transform her from a Canadian Coast Guard

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

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