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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2005 Page 9

America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2005

By Diane M. Byrne

   

Dream (#50)
Photo: Dana Jinkins


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46. TAIPAN - 172'0"
Taipan has an antique player piano as well as a built-in saltwater aquarium. There’s also a hydrotherapy room if the owners or guests overdo it in the adjacent gym. Befitting her name, her decor features some Asian elements, including Buddha statues.
Y: 1982/1998; B: CRN, Italy/Rybovich Spencer, USA (refit); N: Builder/Calhoun & Co.; H: Steel; E: 2/1,120-hp Blackstones

47. BATTERED BULL - 170'9"
More and more yachts have their own Web sites these days, and Battered Bull’s no exception, with yachtbatteredbull.com. There you can see interior photos, including an unusual one of the recompression chamber sitting in the saloon. Open note to the owners: How about adding some photos from the dives you’ve taken? After all, what you’ve seen on your two ‘round-the-world cruises has got to be spectacular.
Y: 1995; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,430-hp Caterpillars

48. HALCYON DAYS - 170'7"
The ex-Rasselas is in the hands of a new owner, as her former owner took delivery of a larger yacht earlier this year (see no. 14). Judging from charter flyers we’ve seen for her, the current owner hasn’t changed the classic John Munford interior, which was kept in immaculate shape since launch.
Y: 1994; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,280-hp Caterpillars

49. PALADIN SHADOW - 170'0"
This is the first of a series of “shadow boats” from a new venture called (of course) Shadow Boats. The idea is to convert offshore supply vessels and the like into support yachts to be used in tandem with traditional megayachts (hence the term shadow) or even expedition yachts in their own right. Paladin Shadow was built as the Clipper Cap Haitien and carries enough fuel to cross the Atlantic on her own bottom or to refuel a 200-footer andcruise a few weeks on her own. As for creature comforts, there are two ample guest suites plus an enclosed toy and helicopter hangar (with fuel tanks for both categories).
Y: 1980/2005; B: Houma Fabricators, USA/North Florida Shipyard, USA; N: Builder/Shadow Marine; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Detroit Diesels

50. DREAM - 169'9"
When Dream was commissioned, the owner requested that the yacht be able to maintain position and heading without using ground tackle or engines. Feadship’s solution was a dynamic-positioning system in which information gets fed to the bow and stern thrusters to keep her stationary, even in Beaufort 3 or 4 conditions.
Y: 2003; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,500-hp Caterpillars

51. BEAUPORT - 168'11"
Earlier this year Beauport, a former sounding vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard, was being offered in a fractional-ownership program, for $350,000 per share. No word on whether there were any takers; if you’re interested but want her all to yourself, she’s for sale for $2.4 million.
Y: 1960; B: Davie & Sons, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/640-hp Fairbanks Morses

52. ENTERPRISE V - 168'0"
Republican Senator George Nethercutt from Washington State and candidate Pete Coors of Colorado mixed and mingled with various members of their party aboard this Feadship during the Republican National Convention in New York last year. Formerly the Amway corporate yacht, she now belongs to cofounder Jay van Andel.
Y: 1992; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,175-hp Caterpillars

53. HAIDA - 168'0"
A major refit for a Texan owner is underway: total rewiring, new gensets, a bow thruster, and more.
Y: 1947; B: Bath Iron Works, USA; N: John H. Wells; H: Steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Enterprise diesels

54. JAMAICA BAY - 168'0"
With classic appeal both inside and out, Jamaica Bay treats VIPs like true VIPs: Two of her suites are full beam. No wonder she’s such a popular charter yacht, available for $185,000 per week.
Y: 1986; B: Schweers, Germany; N: Diana Yacht Design; H: Steel; E: 2/1,445-hp Caterpillars

55. ILLUSION - 166'3"
Not only does Illusion have a 42-inch plasma TV in the master bedroom, there’s another one in the owner’s study—which leads us to believe that not much work will ever get done there. No matter; with six PWCs plus water skis, windsurfers, wakeboards, and lots of other toys aboard, who’d want to work anyway?
Y: 1983; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,125-hp Caterpillars

56. LAZY Z - 165'8"
It’s hard to miss this yacht, as her profile is graced with an intersecting “L” and “Z.” She spent some time in Palma, Spain, this summer. She has just four guest suites, so everyone enjoys spacious accommodations.
Y: 1998; B: Oceanco, South Africa; N: Richard Hein/The “A” Group Monte Carlo SAM; H: Steel; E:2/1,714-hp MTUs

57. BLUE MOON - 165'0"
If you’re thinking there’s already a yacht by this name on this list, you’re right; no. 17 is the replacement for this lady, which has a 31-foot beam and is for sale for $39.5 million. Because she was intended for Bahamanian cruising, she’s a shallow-draft yacht (8'2" feet max) and features an aluminum hull; in fact, when she was built, she was the largest all-aluminum yacht in existence.
Y: 2000; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Aluminum; E: 2/1,500-hp Caterpillars

58. INDIGO STAR - 165'0"
A yachtsman who also owns a 125-footer available for charter uses this Italian-built beauty himself.
Y: 2003; B: CBI Navi, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown

59. POTOMAC - 165'0"
This yacht is a historical national landmark, one of three surviving presidential yachts. She was used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In fact, there’s an interesting story behind why he preferred Potomac to the other presidential yacht of the time, Sequoia. Because of his limited mobility due to polio, he feared being caught in a fire; since Potomac is a steel yacht, he felt safer aboard her than the all-wood Sequoia. A hand-operated elevator was installed inside a false stack, and FDR used ropes and pulleys to move the elevator up and down between the saloon and upper boat deck.
Y: 1934/1995; B: Manitowoc Shipbuilding, USA; N: Builder; H:Steel; E: unknown

60. ANDALE - 164'0"
Some people like watching TV in bed, but here’s a twist: You can watch TV in the master bath onboard Andale.
Y: 2004; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,260-hp Caterpillars

61. AURORA B - 164'0"
The same owner has had this yacht since day one and guards his privacy, so all we know is that her interior is by John Munford.
Y: 1992; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,450-hp Caterpillars

62. IROQUOIS - 164'0"
Open letter to John Henry, owner of this yacht and the Boston Red Sox: As much as we Yankees fans hate to admit it, your ship finally came in last year. No doubt you threw one heckuva party onboard in Boston Harbor; and to think some folks thought your yacht would have been headed to warmer waters by then.
Y: 1998; B: Feadship/DeVries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects;H: Steel; E: 2/1,370-hp Caterpillars

63. INVADER - 163'7"
For years Invader has participated in various opening-day ceremonies for the cruising season in San Francisco as well as charitable events up and down the Left Coast. She’s also used for private cruising by Jim Gabbert, a longtime broadcaster and station owner in California.
Y: 1999; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars

64. PRINCESA VALENTINA - 163'4"
Available for sale (for an undisclosed price), this lady treats her owners like royalty. The upper deck is comprised of a large owners’ suite adjacent to another suite that houses a gym. There’s also a private study aft and a private deck area.
Y: 1993; B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: Gerhard Gilgenast; H: Steel; E: 2/1,530-hp MTUs

65. TRITON - 163'0"
You can’t miss Triton on the seas. Not only does she have a pale-grey hull, which accentuates her expeditionary lines, but she also totes a bright-red helicopter. A great place to be onboard is the crow’s nest, especially on voyages to ice-laden waters.
Y: 2004; B: Delta Marine, USA; N: Delta Design Group; H: Fiberglass; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars

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

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