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America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2004

By Diane M. Byrne

   

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60. TEDDY 164'0"
Shari Arison, daughter of the late Ted Arison and sister of Mickey Arison (see no. 16), has owned this yacht for a while now. She lived in Israel for several years but returned to the States about a year ago. Forbes estimates her net worth around $4 billion.
Y: 1997; B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown

61. INVADER 163'7"
Given his background in radio and television, Jim Gabbert surely has top-notch entertainment systems aboard Invader. The yacht is a familiar sight in California.
Y: 1999; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars

62. PRINCESA VALENTINA 163'4"
We hear that Princesa Valentina is for sale because her owner, Fred Levin, intends to buy a larger yacht. He won’t be yachtless if she sells soon, however, as he also has a 127-footer named Lady Val. Levin is arguably one of the top litigators in Florida and was instrumental in getting legislation passed that permits the state to sue the tobacco industry to recover expenditures for treating smoking-related illnesses.
Y: 1993; B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: Gerhard Gilgenast; H: Steel; E: 2/1,530-hp MTUs

63. TRITON 163'0"
Folks in Kodiak, Alaska, mistakenly believed that Mel Gibson bought this yacht and took her to their town this summer. The true owners are accomplished in their own right, having cruised a 100-foot sailing yacht by themselves around the world when their children were young. Their plans for Triton include a second trip around the world, but this time with their grandchildren—and obviously with more luxury than the 100-footer had.
Y: 2004; B: Delta Marine, USA; N: Delta Design Group; H: Fiberglass; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars

64. SHANDOR 162'10"
It’s interesting to note that this yacht features a helipad on her foredeck, something typically not seen aboard a vessel this size. Merv Griffin was a previous owner.
Y: 1986/1994; B: Fr. Schweers, Germany; N: Gerhard Gilgenast; H: Steel; E: 1/2,300-hp Krupp MAK

65. MYSTIQUE 162'4"
Herb Gallen, the founder of Ellen Tracy sportswear, and his wife Linda Allard, the famed designer of the clothing line, use Mystique strictly for private cruises. They keep their nautical connection in other ways, too; they were among the attendees for the opening of the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse in New York City in July, for example. The boathouse, on the Harlem River, will serve as a place where at-risk kids can learn rowing.
Y: 1989; B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Jon Bannenberg/Phil Curran; H: Aluminum; E: 1/1,960-hp & 2/3,480-hp MTUs

66. PRINCESS MARLA 162'0"
Princess Marla carries a custom-built Steinway piano made of the same mahogany that’s used for her saloon paneling. She also has 14 different kinds of marble throughout. Her owner, Bud Paxson of PAX television, is selling her for $27.5 million.
Y: 1995; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,800-hp Caterpillars

67. TE MANU 161'9"
This yacht has done extensive cruising in the South Pacific and Caribbean. No doubt the owner and guests spent a good deal of time in the sky lounge, as that’s the primary gathering space onboard, more so than the saloon. It has a bar and card table as well as seating areas. You can own her for $22 million.
Y: 1998; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars

68. MICHAELA ROSE 161'5"
It’s a long way from Texas, her owner’s home, but Michaela Rose pulled into Beaumaris, on the island of Anglesey in England, this summer, delighting the locals. Apparently she’s one of the largest yachts ever to visit the local yacht club. She visited Ireland in July, too.
Y: 1984; B: Fr. Schweers, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,037-hp Deutz-MWMs

69. ANSON BELL 161'0"
New to the charter market, Anson Bell is arguably one of the safest yachts around, exceeding the strict regulations set by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). She’s beautiful to boot, featuring anigre paneling and a relief wall of copper, conveying the feeling of turquoise waters. These are just a few of the reasons why we selected the yacht to stage a press event for our famous “World’s 100 Largest Yachts” feature in July; CNBC did a live broadcast aboard, and WCBS-TV aired a tour as well.
Y: 2002; B: Palmer Johnson, USA; N: Sparkman & Stephens; H: Aluminum; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars

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This article originally appeared in the October 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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