51 Sea Bowld — 173'9"Make no mistake about it—this boat is fast. She’s got a cruise speed of 26 knots and is a proven trans-Pacific performer. Guests aren’t likely to feel particularly jostled when she’s underway, though, thanks to her SeaState stabilization system.
Y: 2004; B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Sam Sorgiovanni Designs; H: Aluminum; E: 2/3,650-hp MTUs
52 Ice Bear — 173'0"A Nebraska-based billionaire owns this yacht, which is regularly spotted in Alaska and Costa Rica. He’s an avid angler, who keeps a fishing guide on staff to help him catch salmon and halibut when Ice Bear’s up north, and sailfish, tuna, and marlin when she’s in Costa Rican waters.
Y: 1988; B: Feadship/Royal De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars
53 Passion — 173'0"The owner of this boat wanted to ensure that charter clients of all ages were entertained while spending time onboard, which is why he added an arcade in the skylounge with—among other things—an air hockey table and a Ms. Pac Man game.
Y: 1986/2003; B: Swedeship, Sweden/Astilleros de Mallorca, Spain; N: Diana Yacht Design; H: steel; E: 2/1,710-hp Caterpillars
54 SuRi — 173'0"This former crabbing boat serves as a shadow to the slightly smaller JeMaSa, carrying her helicopter, tenders, and watertoys. Designer Joseph Artese was wary about adding an “ungainly” helicopter pad, so he blended the addition into the superstructure by raising the bulwarks along the hangar by six feet.
Y:: 1978/2007; B: Halter Marine, USA/Yacht Escort Ships, USA (conversion); N: Kirilloff & Associates (conversion); H: steel; E: 2/1,800-hp Detroit Diesels
55 Big Eagle — 172'0"Though by no means unheard of, it’s pretty cool that Big Eagle’s longtime captain is a woman. The glass-ceiling breaker in question is Christina Virgilio, a UCLA grad, who’s worked on the yacht for almost 12 years. It’s perhaps a bit ironic then that Big Eagle appeared in the decidedly non-feminist film Striptease.
Y: 1980; B: Mei Shipyard, Japan; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/900-hp Detroit Diesels
56 Gallant Lady — 172'0"This is one of many Gallant Ladys owned by the late Jim Moran, and he used this one most frequently when entertaining guests. It’s easy to tell her apart from her same-named sisters by identifying the long, oval windows in her superstructure, though they’re also a feature on the 167-foot GL, built in 2007.
Y: 1995; B: Feadship/Royal De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: steel; E: 2/960-hp Caterpillars
57 Taipan — 172'0"A real groundbreaker, this yacht regularly charters in Thailand, one of the first to do so. And though she’s been around since the 1980’s, she underwent a complete refit—getting a totally new interior—in 1998.
Y: 1981/1998; B: CRN, Italy/Rybovich Spencer, USA (refit); N: Builder/Calhoun & Co.; H: steel; E: 2/1,220-hp Mirlees Blackstones
58 Battered Bull — 170'9"As her name implies, this vessel has proven herself capable of surviving a knock or two. Not only did she complete a two-year trip around the world, she lugged a 38-foot Cigarette-style boat the entire way. Able to reach reaching speeds over 80 knots, said tender is one of the largest ever placed on a Feadship.
Y: 1995; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: steel; E: 2/1,430-hp Caterpillars
59 Time For Us — 170'7"After a refit in 2007 and an update in 2008, this 15-year-old is as good as new, with up-to-date features like a state-of-the- art Crestron entertainment system.
Y: 1994; B: Feadship/Royal De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: steel; E: 2/1,280-hp Caterpillars
60 Dream — 169'9"How’s this for a technological acheivement? Dream’s dynamic-positioning system, azimuthing stern thruster, and anti-roll tanks allow her to stay still in one place with a constant heading without the use of her anchor or main engines.
Y: 2003; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: steel; E: 2/1,500-hp Caterpillars
61 Beauport — 168'11"Though she’s now used solely for recreation, this converted Canadian Coast Guard vessel spent her first 30 years as a buoy tender and sounding vessel. She was also capable of light ice breaking.
Y: 1960/1993; B: Davie & Sons, Canada; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/640-hp Fairbanks Morses
61 Enterprise V — 168'0"For sale for $15 million, this Feadship has had only one owner since she was built in 1992. Helicopter-capable, she features cream-colored interiors that let in lots of natural light.
Y: 1992; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: steel; E: 2/1,175-hp Caterpillars
63 Gallant Lady — 168'0"Delivered just a few weeks before he passed away in 2007, Jim Moran’s eighth Gallant Lady was designed to have a relatively shallow (seven-foot) draft so she could navigate the Intracoastal Waterway and Bahamian waters her predecessors couldn’t handle.
Y: 2007; B: Feadship/Royal De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars
64 Haida — 168'0"Bath Iron Works, which began as an iron foundry in 1826, is primarily known for constructing U.S. Navy destroyers, of which it has built more than 100. The Bath, Maine-based yard also built this vessel, which is currently owned by a Texan.
Y: 1947; B: Bath Iron Works, USA; N: John H. Wells; H: steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Enterprise diesels
65 Helios 2 — 168'0"This yacht recently underwent a complete refit. What was included? New wall coverings, carpets, and furniture courtesy of interior designer Patrick Knowles, plus a complete exterior paint job, the addition of Quantum zero-speed stabilizers, and the extension of her sundeck and swim platform.
Y: 2002; B: Palmer Johnson, USA; N: Sparkman & Stephens; H: aluminum; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars
66 Jamaica Bay — 168'0"This boat’s second refit in less than eight years took place in 2007, when her owner requested alterations like the addition of another VIP stateroom, which is aft of the master on the main deck. He also wanted her to feel like a real gentleman’s yacht, hence her handsome mahogany joinery.
Y: 1986; B: Schweers, Germany; N: Diana Yacht Design; H: steel; E: 2/1,445-hp Caterpillars
67 Alibi — 167'3"Large parties looking to enjoy meals together would do well to charter Alibi. That’s because this yacht has two tables that can accommodate formal dining for 12 guests, one in her main saloon and one on her sundeck.
Y: 2003; B: CBI Navi, Italy; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars
68 Illusion — 166'3"With polished black walnut and white onyx used throughout, Illusion’s interior is a study in contrasts. Apparently, the owner was reluctant to let Dickie Bannenberg stain the wood dark during a recent refit, but the gamble paid off. Architectural Digest, which rarely focuses on anything other than home design, included this yacht’s interior in its pages.
Y: 1983; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: steel; E: 2/1,125-hp Caterpillars
69 Lazy Z — 165'8"Weekly rates for Lazy Z, which charters in the Mediterranean during the summer months and the Caribbean and South Pacific in the winter, begin at just under $300,000.
Sun-phobes can enjoy their time onboard without fearing the burn: Lazy Z’s aft superstructure creates an unusually large shady space for outdoor lounging.
Y: 1998; B: Oceanco, Holland/South Africa; N: Richard Hein/The “A” Group Monte Carlo SAM; H: steel; E: 2/1,714-hp MTUs
70 Potomac — 165'0"Talk about a turbulent history: After having served as a Coast Guard cutter and then FDR’s “floating White House,” this presidential yacht sank in the 1980’s before being raised, fully restored, and eventually designated a National Historical landmark. Another notable Potomac owner? Elvis Presley.
Y: 1934/1995; B: Manitowoc Shipbuilding, USA; N: builder; H: steel; E: unknown
71 Sweet Pea — 165'0"At presstime, this vessel was for sale for a reported $40 million and was lying in Savannah, Georgia, where she was awaiting her ten-year Lloyd’s inspection.
Y: 2000; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: aluminum; E: 2/1,500-hp Caterpillars
72 Blind Date II — 164'0"How’s this for a quandary? Blind Date II’s owner can’t decide whether he wants to keep this boat or his same-named, 160-foot Lrssen. His plan is to let the market decide for him, though Blind Date II’s broker seems confident that offers will abound. In fact, her asking price was recently increased, a telling move in this economic climate.
Y: 2009; B: Trinity Yachts, USA; N: builder; H: aluminum; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars
73 JeMaSa — 164'5"It’s clear that a lot of planning went into this vessel’s wheelhouse, which features thoughtful touches like fatigue-reducing leaning posts. Capt. Juan Koegelenberg worked closely with Hakvoort for two years during her build, before the intended owner who hired him had to pull out for personal reasons.
Y: 2005; B: Hakvoort, Holland; N: Diana Yacht Design; H: steel; E: 2/1,014-hp Caterpillars
74 Aurora B — 164'0"This boat has only had one owner, who likes to keep details about her under wraps. What we can tell you is that she underwent a refit, including a paint job, just a few years back and that she’s recently spent a lot of time bouncing between Fort Lauderdale and the South of France.
Y: 1992; B: Feadship/Royal De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: steel; E: 2/1,450-hp Caterpillars
75 Grace E — 164'0"The ex-Andale went back on the charter market earlier this year, following a refit that saw the addition of a fully equipped gym on her sundeck and a new bar just aft of it.
Y: 2004; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/2,260-hp Caterpillars
This article originally appeared in the November 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.