America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2005 Page 8

America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2005

By Diane M. Byrne


Pangaea (#31)
Photo: Jim Raycroft

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26. ULTIMA III - 187'9"
Ron Perelman, the head of Revlon and a major investor in Marvel Comics, has owned this yacht since her launch. The yacht is a regular in St. Barts during the New Year’s holiday. In fact, Perelman’s wife, actress Ellen Barkin, was photographed for Vanity Fair while aboard this past December.
Y: 1998; B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,877-hp Caterpillars

27. CHAMAR - 186'0"
Used privately for many years by a British family, Chamar is now available for charter for up to $252,000 per week. Mahogany paneling attracts your eye inside, but the real view is on the sundeck, where (count ’em) 60 cushions around the Jacuzzi give new meaning to “sunpad.”
Y: 1992; B: Brooke Yachts, England; N: Luigi Sturchio/Don Shead; H: Aluminum; E: 2/3,480-hp MTUs

28. SYCARA III - 185'4"
Talk about taking a step up: This yacht is about 60 feet longer than the owner’s previous yacht. They didn’t do it just for their own benefit, they wanted to ensure the crew’s quarters were larger as well, for a staff of 14. Some of the yacht’s highlights include white-onyx walls and teak interior soles.
Y: 2003; B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Jon Bannenberg/Phil Curran; H:Steel; E: 2/1,600-hp Caterpillars

29. BARBARA JEAN - 185'3"
We suspect the owner of this Feadship is well versed in nautical lore, given that two statues onboard depict Poseidon and his wife, Amphitrite. Below them, two hand-carved gilded eagles look across the room at one another. (Perfectionists, take note: Feadship says that if you draw an invisible line from either side of the doorway to the corresponding side of the staircase’s base, they’ll line up within millimeters.)
Y: 2001; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,500-hp Caterpillars

30. LADY J - 185'0"
Quite shippy-looking, Lady J is available for sale for $6.75 million. She was built as a commercial craft, which explains her profile—as well as an odd feature inside, the combination galley-laundry.
Y: 1976/1989; B: Quality Shipyard, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,760-hp Wartsila Nohab Polars

31. PANGAEA - 184'0"
Sure, all the yachts on this list have spacious decks, but how many boast the ability to host a live band on the tender-stowage area? Pangaea does, thanks to the aforementioned expanse and an extensive sound system. To learn more about her, visit
Y: 1999; B: Halter Marine, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars

32. HUNTRESS - 180'5"
Huntress spent the summer cruising American shores. Her name comes from Roman mythology, not Greek: It’s that of the goddess of the hunt, Diana.
Y: 1997; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,280-hp Caterpillars

33. ALTITUDE - 180'4"
One of this charter yacht’s standout features is the two-level owner’s suite on the main deck, with an observation lounge and study on the upper level. Guests get treated to great views, too, particularly from the enclosed gym on the sundeck. Her current owner acquired her last fall from a Brit.
Y: 2003; B: Benetti, Italy; N: Stefano Natucci; H: Steel; E: 2/1,850-hp Caterpillars

34. MIA ELISE - 180'0"
Before this lady was launched in the spring, it had been more than 70 years since a steel-hull yacht splashed stateside. She’s the fourth yacht ordered by the same owner from Trinity in five years. (For more, see “Iron Will,” this issue.) Mia Elise enjoyed a successful summer charter season, welcoming actor Denzel Washington and his wife Claudette aboard.
Y: 2005; B: Trinity Yachts, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,650-hp Caterpillars

35. PLATINUM - 179'4"
This yacht has been used solely for private cruises for many years, both in New England and in Florida waters. Her owner also keeps two helicopters aboard.
Y: 1962; B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,130-hp MTUs

36. STARFIRE - 178'0"
Launched as Ambrosia for a Hong Kong owner, Starfire went through a refit last year after being purchased by her current owner. Among the changes were the addition of at-anchor stabilization, high-speed wireless Internet access for use at sea or dock, and an Art Deco interior. She totes a 36-foot Hinckley named Starletand has her own Starfire Channel, which posts info on local weather, the daily menu, photos, and more for charter guests.
Y: 1997 ; B: Benetti, Italy ; N: Stefano Natucci ; H: Steel ; E: 2/1,573-hp Deutz-MWMs

37. FORTUNATE SUN - 177'0"
The former Perfect Prescription features five decks, two theaters, and plenty of plasma TVs both indoors and out. The current owners previously had a 151-footer.
Y: 2003; B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Tim Heywood; H: Steel; E: 2/2,330-hp MTUs

38. KATHARINE - 177'0"
For sale for $35.5 million, this Trinity spent the summer in the South of France. French antiques grace her main saloon, while a teak bar keeps the libations flowing on the sundeck. Unlike most yachts, she’s crossed the Atlantic on her own bottom, and despite her large size, she has a draft shallow enough to enjoy Bahamian cruising.
Y: 2001; B: Trinity Yachts, USA; N: Builder; H: Aluminum; E: 2/2,000-hp MTU-DDCs

39. KISSES - 175'0"
St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Italy’s San Remo are just some of the picturesque places Kisses has visited over the past few years. She was in Hamburg, Germany, in June, and caused quite a stir among the local media. (In fact, an editor of a local paper pestered us for days in hopes we’d reveal the owner’s identity, to no avail.)
Y: 2000; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,360-hp Caterpillars

40. NOBLE HOUSE - 173'9"
While this yacht was originally planned to have an alfresco dining area on her flying bridge, during construction it was enclosed and converted into a gym. Noble House is the largest motoryacht ever built in New Zealand.
Y: 2003; B: Sensation Yachts, New Zealand; N: Overing Yacht Designs; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars

41. ICE BEAR - 173'0"
If we had a dollar for every time this Feadship was said to be owned by actors Mel Gibson or Harrison Ford, or even Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, we’d probably own her. Once and for all, folks, none of those gentlemen own her, although like them she’s a frequent sight on the West Coast.
Y: 1988; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars

42. PASSION - 173'0"
Beachgoers in St. Tropez, France, couldn’t take their eyes off this yacht in July, but unfortunately their attention was focused on who was onboard rather than the yacht’s profile. Hip-hop star Jay-Z and R&B singer Beyoncé, who’ve chartered yachts before, were seen disembarking. Hopefully they put the kayaks, water trampoline, PWCs, and other toys to good use first.
Y: 1986/2003; B: Swedeship, Sweden/Astilleros de Mallorca, Spain; N: Diana Yacht Design; H: Steel; E: 2/1,710-hp Caterpillars

43. BIG EAGLE - 172'0"
If you book Big Eagle for a charter during football season and find out after the fact that your team will be in playoffs while you’re aboard, never fear: There’s a sports bar just forward of the main saloon with a plasma TV. She’s available for $137,500 per week.
Y: 1980; B: Mei Shipyard, Japan; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/900-hp Detroit Diesels

44. GALLANT LADY - 172'0"
Floridians Jim and Jan Moran often use this lovely lady (as well as her “smaller” sister, a 160-footer) for charity cruises for their organization JM Family Enterprises. They also use her for cruises honoring employees’ hard work; no wonder the company was named to Fortune’s recent “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” list.
Y: 1995; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/960-hp Caterpillars

45. REVELATION - 172'0"
While the owners of this yacht await a special license permitting their U.S.-flagged yacht to charter in the Galapagos Islands, they’ll have her cruising Mexico’s Sea of Cortez this winter. No doubt guests will take advantage of the wellness center/study; located on the main deck, it serves the first purpose when a massage table or exercise equipment is in use and the second purpose when someone curls up with a good book (and, of course, has a sampling from the refrigerator there).
Y: 1964; B: Zigler Marine, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/850-hp Caterpillars

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This article originally appeared in the November 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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