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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #41: Laurel

#41: LAUREL—240’0”

Sure, there are other, larger debuts on our list, but this one can claim something none of the others can: She’s the largest yacht built on American soil since the 1930’s. She also has a composite superstructure married to her steel hull (the latter of which was subcontracted to Dakota Creek Industries in Washington State), with styling

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #42: Queen M

#42: QUEEN M—238’2”

Tickling the ivories is likely a favorite pastime aboard Queen M, given the baby grand in the saloon (opposite a bar, of course). There’s an additional saloon of sorts on the upper deck, again with a piano and a bar. For closer-to-the-water fun, there’s a 25-foot tender and a custom 26-foot water taxi, both stowed aft in the

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #43: RM Elegant

#43: RM ELEGANT—237’5”

Her styling may not be what you consider, well, elegant (she resembles a half circle), but you can’t deny that RM Elegant makes you take a second look. Her staterooms are named after precious stones, like ruby, topaz, amethyst, citrine, and opal. The owner’s suite is nicknamed diamond (naturally). Check out

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #45: Tueq

#45: TUEQ—235’6”

This yacht is a frequent visitor to the South of France as well as Spain. Her owner is Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia, the brother of the late King Fahd. British designer Michael Leach did her interior, which, while it hasn’t been publicized, is likely quite opulent, given how most Saudi-owned yachts are.

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #46: Kogo

#46: KOGO—235’3”

Alstom Marine is hoping that this recent delivery, featuring styling by Tim Heywood, leads to more yacht contracts and, in turn, the creation of an entire yacht division in house. A French newspaper reported that Kogo’s contract value was E44 million, which was nearly $57 million at press

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #49: Skat

#49: SKAT—233'0"

If you’ve ever wondered what the attraction of owning one of these megabeauties was, then consider this statement from Charles Simonyi, Skat’s owner: “Yachts are the closest a commoner can get to sovereignty.” He told that to Forbes, additionally revealing that he spends six months aboard. Simonyi, a

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #50: Boadicea

#50: BOADICEA—231'3"

Eighty-two-year-old Reg Grundy, the Australian media magnate, has long been reluctant to talk to the press—and given that The Age newspaper of his home country revealed that his yacht cost AUS$130 million (about $98 million at presstime), he’s probably more reluctant than ever. Too bad, because his yacht, available for

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #51: Absinthe

#51: ABSINTHE—230'4"

Chartering in Alaska and the rest of the Pacific Northwest isn’t terribly unusual, but the way Absinthe does it sure is. For $252,000 per week, her guests get to partake in heliskiing in remote areas where the powder is untouched. In Mexico and Costa Rica, she does helitours for sightseeing and

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #52: Reverie

#52: REVERIE—229'7"

Visitors to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands got a long look at this lady, considering she dropped anchor in North Sound a few times in the winter and spring this year. While the fact that she has a deck devoted to the owner’s exclusive use isn’t unusual for a yacht this size, it is remarkable

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #53: Sherakhan

#53: SHERAKHAN—229'7"

Friends or family members who complain about the size of their accommodations won’t have any argument aboard this charter yacht, as the guest staterooms range from 98 to 164 square feet each. And each is equipped with a minibar, though a Mars bar can’t possibly compare to the meals served at the formal dining table (for 26). Just

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