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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #81: Apogee

#81: APOGEE—205'0"

A funny thing happened to Darwin Deason, a Texan who runs the computer company ACS, several years ago. He told D Magazine, “We were going to the beach one day, and it was raining like hell, and these friends convinced me to go look at boats. I said, ‘Aw, I don’t want a boat.’ Well, at the end of the day, I had bought an 85-foot

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #82: Fortunato

#82: FORTUNATO—204'5"

The ex-Cakewalk has been used by a private owner for personal cruises in the Med and other spots for about two years.

Y: 2000; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #83: Virginian

#83: VIRGINIAN—204'2"

The mahogany-paneled saloon with a working fireplace is the perfect place to relax aboard Virginian. If her walls could talk, imagine the tales they’d tell; people ranging from Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor (the Sixth Duke of Westminster) to John Kluge (founder of Metromedia) and even the late Malcolm Forbes (who needs no

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #84: Lady Christina

#84: LADY CHRISTINA—203'4"

If you’re going to treat yourself to a little luxury, borrow a page from this yacht’s owner: He’s devoted a private saloon and dining area to himself within his suite, plus a duplex bath and the complete upper deck. Considering there are only four guest cabins, friends or family won’t feel terribly slighted

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #86: Rasselas

#86: RASSELAS—203'4"

If you compare interior photos of this Rasselas to her predecessor, another Feadship about 30 feet smaller, you might conclude that she’s a carbon copy. But in reality, there are big differences between the two, though mostly on the technology side. One stylistic difference, though, is evident right below the mast: An open area

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #87: Sarah

#87: SARAH—203'4"

Sarah is just one of many yachts that have enjoyed cruising in Spain in recent years. Donald Starkey oversaw both her styling and interior design. Fully forward on her uppermost deck is a Jacuzzi tub, one of the best spots in the house for taking in the view.

Y: 2002; B: Amels Shipyard,

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #88: Solemar

#88: SOLEMAR—201'8"

The owner’s suite is a two-deck affair on the main deck aboard Solemar. Just one question, though: Who could possibly concentrate on work in the office, raised on the same level as the lounge/day room, considering it offers panoramic views? Take the virtual tour yourself at

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #90: New Sunrise

#90: NEW SUNRISE—201'1"

Charter guests can tickle the ivories in this canoe-sterned yacht’s saloon, or they can admire the sunrise insignia (golden, of course) on her mast from the Jacuzzi or lounges on the sundeck.

Y: 1999; B: CRN, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #91: Il Vagabondo Again

#91: IL VAGABONDO AGAIN—200'7"

Owners sometimes do the strangest things: This yacht was rechristened with the name you see here after being known as Il Vagabondo, but all while under the same Saudi ownership. She calls Port Camille Rayon in France home.

Y: 1987; B: CRN, Italy; N: Terence Disdale/ Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/3,312-hp

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #92: Darnice III

#92: DARNICE III—200'1"

When this yacht was being built at Benetti, her owner had a stake in the shipyard. She could still be owned by that same person, a Libyan by birth who held Italian and Canadian passports at one point, though it’s hard to obtain information on her.

Y: 1986; B: Benetti, Italy; N: Cerri & Cerri; H: Steel; E: 2/1,250-hp

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #93: April Fool

#93: APRIL FOOL—200'0"

Fittingly, this lady was launched on April 1. An American acquired her early in the construction process, under the project name Lioness. Not much is known about her at this point, other than that her owner also has a 156-footer built by International Shipyards Ancona a few years ago.

Y:

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #94: Madiz

#94: MADIZ—200'0"

This iron-hulled lady was known as the royal yacht HMS Hiniesta in service of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England. She’s been in Greece undergoing a thorough refit, drydocked for 19 months alone. Once completed, she’ll be the oldest yacht classed with Lloyd’s Register.

Y: 1902; B: Ailsa Shipbuilding, Scotland;

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #95: Mylin IV

#95: MYLIN IV—200'0"

This is the fourth Mylin commissioned by the late Ted Arison of Carnival Cruise Lines and is presently owned by his son Micky, who runs Carnival and also the Miami Heat basketball team.

Y: 1992; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E:

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #96: Phoenix

#96: PHOENIX—200'0"

Despite quietly selling within the past year, Phoenix retains her original name. The upper deck’s lounge is truly the main saloon, with a nine-foot-high vaulted ceiling that’s fitted with dimmable light bulbs, to mimic sunlight.

Y: 2004; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: Builder/Andrew Winch

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #97: White Rabbit

#97: WHITE RABBIT—200'0"

If you approach this trimaran from aft, you might naturally conclude that the small, teak-lined platform extending out at the water level is a swim platform. But in reality, it’s a fishing platform. And if you see her at night, you’ll get to see the rabbit-head figure in her nameboard lit up. (And no, she’s not owned by Hugh

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #98: Mduse

#98: MDUSE—198'10"

While we were told by a reliable source last summer that she’d sold and been renamed Ithaka, that deal didn’t go through, as she remains listed for $52.5 million. She’s a diver’s dream, with an incredible array of equipment in her lazarette as well as a two-person double-lock decompression chamber, for emergencies when

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #99: Nara

#99: NARA—198'5"

The family of the late Rafik Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon who was assassinated in early 2005, continues to use this yacht, which he enjoyed for many years.

Y: 1979; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/3,475-hp MTUs

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 (State-Owned) #1: Dubai

#1: DUBAI—524'10"

While yacht-watchers worldwide—including us—expected this yacht to be completed by now, apparently final touches are still being applied to her interior. But when you’re the ruler of Dubai and have a yacht that’s nearly the length of two football fields and 71 feet wide, it takes a lot to fill

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 (State-Owned) #3: Isham Al Baher

#3: ISHAM AL BAHER—379'0"

This yacht was used by the late King Fahd from the 1970’s through the early part of this decade; since she’s usually in Greece away from the public, it’s long been difficult to obtain information on her. Since we haven’t read or heard of the current Saudi king either donating her to another family

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2006 (State-Owned) #5: Al Mirqab

#5: AL MIRQAB—311'7"

She went by the name of Trick One while under construction, to keep curious yacht followers from figuring out that the emir of Qatar was her owner. He has since taken her to Venice, Italy, among other places, accompanied by a crew of 42.

Y: 2000; B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N:

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