America's 100 Largest Yachts 2006

Megayacht. Superyacht. Gigayacht. No matter what you call them, one thing is for sure: These yachts are getting bigger all the time. Just ten years ago, for example, the yachts rounding out the bottom of our exclusive “America’s 100 Largest Yachts” feature were about 100 feet LOA, give or take a few inches; these days 150-footers don’t even make the list.

Another thing that’s been growing is the interest in these marvels of marble and spectacles of steel (and aluminum and fiberglass, too). While we’ve been chronicling the trends in construction and design for 20-plus years, over the past year or so, we’ve noticed occasional photos in our morning papers and write-ups on our favorite news sites. It’s even to the point where channels like VH1 and lifestyle magazines have taken as much notice of these yachts as they have of Tom Cruise’s couch-jumping antics.

What’s behind all of it? Hard to say exactly, though we suspect it’s due to the emergence of several owners who are household names, ranging from a particular Microsoft millionaire to a certain 30-year-old golf champion nicknamed for a jungle cat. Of course, we’re taking credit as well: Our archives of “America’s 100 Largest Yachts” and “The World’s 100 Largest Yachts” get thousands of page views each month.

So click on any of the links below to see magnificent mahogany and spectacular settees (Tom Cruise, eat your heart out).

KEY: L=length; Y=year launched (where two dates are given, the second is a refit date); B=builder; N=naval architect; H=hull material; E=engines

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2006

1. Rising Sun 51. Gallant Lady
2. Octopus 52. Revelation
3. Limitless 53. Taipan
4. Tatoosh 54. Battered Bull
5. Lone Ranger 55. Halcyon Days
6. Talitha G 56. Mystere Shadow
7. Laurel 57. Dream
8. Skat 58. Beauport
9. Reverie 59. Enterprise V
10. Floridian 60. Haida
11. Attessa 61. Helios 2
12. White Cloud 62. Jamaica Bay
13. Falcon 63. Illusion
14. City Of Vegas 64. Lazy Z
15. Turmoil 65. Sweet Pea
16. Apogee 66. Indigo Star
17. Fortunato 67. Potomac
18. Rasselas 68. Andale
19. Mylin IV 69. Aurora B
20. April Fool 70. Happy Days
21. Méduse 71. Iroquois
22. Blue Moon 72. Vango
23. Paraffin 73. Invader
24. Oasis 74. Triton
25. Intuition II 75. Shandor
26. Calixe 76. Lady J
27. Linda Lou 77. Mystique
28. Ronin 78. Pegasus
29. Dolce Far Niente 79. Te Manu
30. Helios 80. Michaela Rose
31. Excellence III 81. Lady In Blue
32. Ultima III 82. Zoom Zoom Zoom
33. Bad Girl 83. Aurora
34. Sirona III 84. Indefensible
35. Barbara Jean 85. Teleost
36. Paladin Shadow 86. Newvida
37. Pangaea 87. Inevitable
38. Huntress 88. Kanaloa
39. Altitude 89. Barchetta
40. Mia Elise 90. Flying Eagle
41. Platinum 91. Janie
42. Starfire 92. Lady Linda
43. Fortunate Sun 93. Nice N' Easy
44. Ice Bear 94. Mustang Sally
45. Katharine 95. Themis
46. Kisses 96. Princess K
47. Noble House 97. April Fool II
48. Sea Bowld 98. One More Toy
49. Passion 99. Privacy
50. Big Eagle 100. Ohana

This article originally appeared in the November 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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