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America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2003

By Diane M. Byrne

   
50. Blue Moon
Photo: Martin Fine
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50. BLUE MOON • L: 165'0" Y: 2000
Enter “Blue Moon” and “Feadship” in any search engine, and chances are the first link you’ll come across is for a Web site called monhart.com, run by an illustrator who’s done childlike, colorful interpretations of this yacht (as well as a few other Feadships). Thus far he’s only posted exteriors—no re-creations of the tropical murals that interior designer Donald Starkey had fashioned for various rooms inside. B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Aluminum; E: 2/1,500-hp Caterpillars

51. INDIGO STAR • L: 165'0" Y: 2003
This lady was expected for delivery around presstime. We don’t have much information about her, although her owner had a 125-footer with the same name. B: CBI Navi, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown

52. POTOMAC • L: 165'0" Y: 1934/1995
Potomac is an active memorial to the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who used her as his floating White House. You can enjoy a Veterans Day cruise aboard or just visit her at your leisure; log on to www.usspotomac.org for details. B: Manitowoc Shipbuilding, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown

53. AURORA B • L: 164'0" Y: 1992
Aurora B’s owner keeps details about his yacht under tight wraps, but we hear that she’s been graced with a blue hull in recent years. B: Feadship/ DeVries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,450-hp Caterpillars

54. IROQUOIS • L: 164'0" Y: 1998
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then the owner of Iroquois should be mighty proud. That’s because this yacht so impressed the owners of Barbara Jean (see no. 25) that they requested their yacht borrow some of Iroquois’ style elements. B: Feadship/DeVries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,370-hp Caterpillars

55. TEDDY • L: 164'0" Y: 1997
Launched as Tigre d’Or, this Amels became one of the first to comply with the MCA Code governing the safety of large yachts. Her interior is by Terence Disdale Design. B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown

56. INVADER • L: 163'7" Y: 1999
This yacht was built for James Gabbert, a talk-show host for KGO in California. In April Invader participated in a boat parade on San Francisco Bay to kick off the boating season; not only do the parade organizers say it’s the largest of its kind, but the yacht was definitely the largest private vessel there. B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars

57. PRINCESA VALENTINA • L: 163'4" Y: 1993
Having been an active cruiser for a number of years, with destinations as diverse as Greece, Russia, and Thailand, Princesa Valentina is now for sale for $22.5 million. B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: Gerhard Gilgenast; H: Steel; E: 2/1,530-hp MTUs

58. SHANDOR • L: 162'10" Y: 1986/1994
Available for charter for $150,000 and up per week, Shandor has a disco. We hope it will be put to good use, as she’s embarking on an around-the-world cruise this spring. B: Fr. Schweers, Germany; N: Gerhard Gilgenast; H: Steel; E: 1/2,300-hp Krupp MAKs

59. MYSTIQUE • L: 162'4" Y: 1989
Since launch Mystique has been owned by Herb Galen, the founder of Ellen Tracy sportswear. He sold the company to Liz Claiborne last year and remained on the board until this past summer. No sooner was his retirement announced to the media than Galen and his wife, Ellen Tracy head designer Linda Allard, headed off for a cruise aboard the yacht. We say: Well done! B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Jon Bannenberg/Phil Curran; H: Aluminum; E: 1/1,960-hp & 2/3,480-hp MTUs

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This article originally appeared in the October 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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