#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
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
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.
#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
#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
#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
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
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
#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;
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
#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
#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
#35: TALITHA G—247’4”
Visit Talitha G, and you’ll learn fun facts like: the engineer’s nickname is Banjo (due to his love of the instrument); the chief stewardess claims to have one of the largest collections of “desiccated wasps”; and a deckhand is one heckuva
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
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
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
#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
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
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
#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
#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
#44: CORAL ISLAND—236’0”
A little more than 40 feet wide, Coral Island strikes an impressive pose on the seas. She’s been surrounded by secrecy for more than a decade, though her owner is widely reported to also be the former owner of Pelorus.
Y: 1994; B:
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,
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
For E420,000 per week (about $539,000 at presstime), you can charter Utopia in the Med this summer. She’s the second largest Feadship ever built and has an entire deck devoted to the owner, including a study, gym, and pantry.
Y: 2004; B: Feadship/De