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America’s 200 Largest Yachts — 2001
By Diane M. Byrne

7. Cakewalk
(Photo: Donna & Ken Chesler)
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1. LE GRAND BLEU           
354'3" • 2000
A Seattle native who has business interests in a few professional sports teams sure knows how to enjoy himself onboard this yacht. He rang in the new year in St. Bart's and headed to the Med this spring in time for the Monaco Grand Prix. In fact, during the race he reportedly hosted a party on Le Grand Bleu that was attended by Prince Albert of Monaco, model Naomi Campbell, tennis ace Boris Becker, and racing great Emerson Fittipaldi, among others. No doubt they all were amazed that the massive blue-hulled yacht carries a 72-foot sailing yacht. What they may not have known is that Le Grand Bleu is the first private yacht to receive an Environmental Protection Notation from Lloyd's, certifying that she complies with stringent voluntary guidelines to control pollution. B: Vulkan, Germany; N: Kusch Yachtagentur; H: Steel; E: 2/4,570-hp Deutz-MWMs 

2. LIMITLESS             
315'7" • 1997
Another blue-hulled beauty, Limitless is the largest yacht Victoria's Secret honcho Leslie Wexner has owned. She replaced a same-named 139-footer, and boy, does the added length permit a lot of interesting features. For one, she has an aft-deck pool in which the water can be heated and made shallow or deep; powerful jets let guests swim against the stream for exercise (or just fun). There's also a fueling station for the two 31-foot custom Serenella Venetian tenders. To top it all off, Limitless contains 15 tons of decorative marble and 15 tons of window glass. Since security is always a concern for yachts like this, pressure-sensitive sensors embedded in the deck set off alarms if an intruder steps onboard. B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 3/7,268-hp Caterpillars (diesel-electric drives)

301'8" • 2000
Maybe his efforts to obtain financing for the One World Challenge team that he's organized for the 2003 America's Cup has prevented him from using his yacht as much as he'd like. Or maybe it's the battering his business interests in the digital wireless world have taken in the stock market. Whatever the reason, the Pacific Northwesterner who commissioned this yacht sold her this summer, and we hear the buyer was none other than Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, owner of Méduse (see no. 11). But all is not lost--he can ask his three brothers for a ride, since each owns a megayacht. One owns Le Grand Bleu (no. 1), another owns Katrion (no. 59), and the third owns Skye Time, a 130-footer (no. 140). B: H.D.W. Nobis Krug, Germany; N: Kusch Yachtagentur; H: Steel; E: unknown

255'0" • 1972/1994
An Ohio resident took his Lone Ranger to St. Bart's for the new year's holiday, docking alongside Le Grand Bleu and Tatoosh (see nos. 1 and 3, respectively). She's a converted commercial salvage tug and an active cruiser, having globe-trotted as far as Asian waters. B: Schichau-Unterwesser, Germany; N: Claus Kusch (conversion); H: Steel; E: 2/4,400-hp Deutz-MWMs 

244'4" • 1991
The $27-billion-man behind Oracle, Larry Ellison, is such a fan of Japanese culture, he's named his yachts (yes, yachts) using Japanese words. This one is named for a Samurai sword. His other Japanese-themed yachts are Izanami (see no. 16) and the maxiyacht Sayonara, which he's sailed to victory in several competitions, including the deadly 1998 Sydney to Hobart race. Katana, which features glossy burl maple, ash, lacewood, and walnut inside, may soon be replaced by a larger yacht, as persistent rumors have him building a megabeauty in Germany in the 300-foot range. B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Martin Francis; H: Steel; E: 2/5,000-hp Deutz-MWMs with 1/18,500-hp GE turbine

6. TERAAKA             
220'0" • 1961
A West Coast gentleman purchased the former presidential yacht of Marshall Tito nearly two years ago. At presstime she was wrapping up a complete refit and decor change at a yard in Baja, California. The owner plans to have her fly the U.S. flag, something which Limitless (see no. 2) also does. B: Brodogradiliste Titovo, Yugoslavia; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown

7. CAKEWALK             
203'5" • 2000
The intricate iron and cherry-wood spiral staircase that rises through this yacht's four decks took two and a half years to design and build. The effort was worth it, for the staircase is more a piece of art than a simple means of getting from one spot to the other. Cakewalk also has a sophisticated entertainment system, with a central library of 75 movies and 500 CDs. There's also a player piano on the bridge deck. B: Feadship/C. Van Lent en Zonen, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt & Zoon; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars 

8. CLAIRE T            
202'5" • 1973
Currently in St. Petersburg, Claire T is for sale for $5.9 million. You may remember this yacht standing in as Aristotle Onassis' Christina in last fall's TV movie about the life of Jackie O. She accommodates 25 guests and has two master staterooms. B: Astilleros y Talleres Celaya, Spain; N: Sparkman & Stephens; H: Steel; E: 2/1,125-hp Caterpillars 

9. NUMPTIA            
201'1" • 2000
Snorkeling gear, water-skis, a scooter, and a handful of PWCs and kayaks keep the owners and guests of this canoe-stern yacht busy when they're not admiring the interior handiwork of François Zuretti, who created a virtual villa at sea. You can get in on the action, since Numptia charters in the Caribbean and Med for $224,000 a week. B: CRN, Italy; N: Builder/Studio Scanu; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

10. MYLIN IV          
200'0" • 1992
Passengers aboard any of the 16 ships in Carnival Cruise Lines' fleet may gush about the decor, but whatever they see can't compare to the "star heaven" aboard Mylin IV, owned by Mickey Arison, CEO of the cruise company. Located above the dining table, the celestial effect is the result of 450 tiny lights. A beautiful mural is painted behind the marble spa tub in the owner's bath. B: Feadship/C. Van Lent en Zonen, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt & Zoon; H: Steel; E: 2/3,300-hp MTUs

11. MÉDUSE               
198'10" • 1996
Paul Allen, the Microsoft billionaire and investor extraordinaire, entertained Bill Gates onboard his Feadship in St. Bart's over the new year's holiday. This is Allen's second Feadship and largest new-build to date, but she won't be the largest for much longer, since he's building a behemoth of a vessel in Germany. Most reports place the length around 400 feet. For that amount of space, he can fit in a handful of recording studios and screening rooms instead of just one of each, as Méduse has. And he's sure to cover just as much territory as he has aboard this lady. In fact, the yacht trekked about 46,000 miles in her first year and a half on the water. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt International; H: Steel; E: 2/1,700-hp Caterpillars

12. PARAFFIN       
197'2" • 2001
A priority for the owners of this recent delivery was that she be able to accommodate large parties of guests, including up to 50 people enjoying a three-hour wine-tasting menu. But where would the wine come from? The onboard temperature-controlled "cellar" that holds more than 400 bottles--plus stowage for 450 crystal wine glasses, of course. Because good food goes hand in hand with fine wine, there are a variety of spots onboard where guests can dine. And if they eat too much, they can work out in the 10-person gym and health spa on the sun deck. B: Feadship/C. Van Lent en Zonen, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt & Zoon; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars 

13. CLUB ATLANTIC         
195'6" • 1967/1997
A Floridian yachtsman had this thirtysomething lady undergo a complete interior and exterior refurbishment four years ago. He's recently taken her around the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Curacao. Future cruises include the Azores, Canary Islands, and Cape Verde Islands. B: Vickers, Canada; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown 

14. INTUITION II      
193'7" • 1974/1999
A New Yorker had this former pilot vessel rebuilt for pleasure cruising by a team of independent craftsmen chosen by the owner's project managers, as well as craftsmen from Vosper Thornycroft and Southampton Yacht Services. He's enjoyed trips across the Atlantic, down to Mexico, and up to Newfoundland since delivery. B: Amels, Holland/Vosper Thornycroft (UK), England; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 1/1,330-hp Smit Slikkerveer electric motor and 3/650-hp Deutz-MWMs 

15. CALIXE   
193'0" • 1986
An American who lives on the West Coast and prefers staying out of the limelight retains this yacht strictly for private cruises. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt & Zoon; H: Steel; E: 2/1,605-hp Deutz-MWMs

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

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