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#90: NEW SUNRISE—201'1"
Charter guests can tickle the ivories in this canoe-sterned yacht’s saloon, or they can admire the sunrise insignia (golden, of course) on her mast from the Jacuzzi or lounges on the sundeck.
Y: 1999; B: CRN, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars
#91: IL VAGABONDO AGAIN—200'7"
Owners sometimes do the strangest things: This yacht was rechristened with the name you see here after being known as Il Vagabondo, but all while under the same Saudi ownership. She calls Port Camille Rayon in France home.
Y: 1987; B: CRN, Italy; N: Terence Disdale/ Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/3,312-hp
#92: DARNICE III—200'1"
When this yacht was being built at Benetti, her owner had a stake in the shipyard. She could still be owned by that same person, a Libyan by birth who held Italian and Canadian passports at one point, though it’s hard to obtain information on her.
Y: 1986; B: Benetti, Italy; N: Cerri & Cerri; H: Steel; E: 2/1,250-hp
#93: APRIL FOOL—200'0"
Fittingly, this lady was launched on April 1. An American acquired her early in the construction process, under the project name Lioness. Not much is known about her at this point, other than that her owner also has a 156-footer built by International Shipyards Ancona a few years ago.
This iron-hulled lady was known as the royal yacht HMS Hiniesta in service of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England. She’s been in Greece undergoing a thorough refit, drydocked for 19 months alone. Once completed, she’ll be the oldest yacht classed with Lloyd’s Register.
Y: 1902; B: Ailsa Shipbuilding, Scotland;
#95: MYLIN IV—200'0"
This is the fourth Mylin commissioned by the late Ted Arison of Carnival Cruise Lines and is presently owned by his son Micky, who runs Carnival and also the Miami Heat basketball team.
Y: 1992; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E:
Despite quietly selling within the past year, Phoenix retains her original name. The upper deck’s lounge is truly the main saloon, with a nine-foot-high vaulted ceiling that’s fitted with dimmable light bulbs, to mimic sunlight.
Y: 2004; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: Builder/Andrew Winch
#97: WHITE RABBIT—200'0"
If you approach this trimaran from aft, you might naturally conclude that the small, teak-lined platform extending out at the water level is a swim platform. But in reality, it’s a fishing platform. And if you see her at night, you’ll get to see the rabbit-head figure in her nameboard lit up. (And no, she’s not owned by Hugh
While we were told by a reliable source last summer that she’d sold and been renamed Ithaka, that deal didn’t go through, as she remains listed for $52.5 million. She’s a diver’s dream, with an incredible array of equipment in her lazarette as well as a two-person double-lock decompression chamber, for emergencies when
The family of the late Rafik Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon who was assassinated in early 2005, continues to use this yacht, which he enjoyed for many years.
Y: 1979; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/3,475-hp MTUs
#100: BLUE MOON—198'0"
When the American who commissioned this, his second Feadship, attended the christening ceremony, he reportedly told Dick Van Lent, head of the shipyard, something along the lines of, “I know I said I only had a second boat in me, but maybe I have a third.”
#4: AL SAID—340'0"
The royal yacht of Oman also flies the flag of Oman, something you certainly don’t see every day. Her homeport is in the city of Muscat in (you guessed it) Oman.
Y: 1982; B: Picchiotti, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/4,200-hp Detroit Diesels