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America’s 200 Largest Yachts - 11-20
America’s 200 Largest Yachts

11-20: Lady Lola to Ultima III

By Diane M. Byrne

   

14. Paraffin
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11. LADY LOLA | L: 200'0" Y: 2002
The newest Oceanco was delivered this summer. Lady Lola's main deck, designed solely for the owner's use, features a private saloon and entertainment area aft of a central stairway plus a large owner's suite forward boasting panoramic views. Guests can relax in the main-deck saloon, where they can gather around a grand piano or choose to hit the water on an assortment of watertoys, including the requisite PWC. B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: The "A" Group--Monte Carlo SAM; H: Steel; E: unknown

12. MYLIN IV | L: 200'0" Y: 1992
The Arison family of Carnival Cruise Lines fame spends their leisure time onboard this Feadship, which the late patriarch, Ted, commissioned a decade ago. As you'd expect, they take that leisure time seriously and enjoy some truly fine meals; a few years ago, for example, while Mylin IV was en route to Fort Lauderdale from a trip to Israel, the chef hired a Florida-based botanist/landscape designer to install a hydroponic herb garden onboard. B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/3,300-hp MTUs

13. MÉDUSE | L: 198'10" Y: 1996
While you can certainly learn some interesting things about this yacht by visiting her Web site, www.meduse.com, you won't learn that her owner is Paul Allen, billionaire extraordinaire. You also won't learn that Allen and famed designer Giorgio Armani cohosted a party onboard for another luminary, director Martin Scorcese, during last May's Cannes film festival. If Allen decides on a return engagement for next year's festival, may we suggest he loan Méduse's onboard theater to the organizers to screen one of the films entered in the competition? Steven Spielberg's people reportedly had a hand in designing it. And if the soundtrack to the film isn't yet complete, the musicians can always put the finishing touches on it onboard, too, thanks to the high-tech recording studio that's been used by the likes of Peter Gabriel and The Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,700-hp Caterpillars

14. PARAFFIN | L: 197'2" Y: 2001
Who can blame Mike Kittredge, the founder of the Yankee Candle Company, for being so proud of his yacht? Paraffin has a lot of outstanding features, like a warming table in the galley that can keep upwards of 30 plates heated at a time and seat shakers in the sky lounge's sofas that, when coordinated with the film being shown on the huge plasma-screen TV in the room, provide the ultimate moviegoing experience. But our favorite is the solution he and his project managers came up with for the sock drawer in the master stateroom. It seems that on his previous yacht, a 142-footer, he couldn't tell his black socks from the blue ones, so onboard this 197-footer, there's a light in the overhead that automatically goes on when he opens the drawer. B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

15. INTUITION II | L: 193'7" Y: 1974/1999
Because this yacht was converted from a pilot boat, she has an unusually large (35-foot) beam, making for a voluminous interior. There are two saloons, for example: one on the main deck that's more of a receiving room, and a grand saloon one deck up that includes a fireplace and a cozy library. Meanwhile, the owner's suite has full-height glass bulkheads. Intuition II charters for $145,000 plus expenses per week in New England and the Caribbean. 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

16. CALIXE | L: 193'0" Y: 1986
A female resident of the West Coast who prefers staying out of the limelight retains this yacht strictly for private cruises. But that shy nature doesn't extend to her yacht crew, who not only won the coveted Caramba Cup in the 2002 Antibes Raft Race held in May, but also the Peter Filer Memorial Cup. You've never heard of this race, you say? Well, it's the traditional start to the summer season in the Med, a competition in which the motto is "Who Cares Who Wins?" Megayacht crews from around the world toil (well, maybe just sweat slightly) to create a raft and costumes around a theme and race that raft against each other on a course that includes a beer stop (of course). The Caramba Cup is presented to the crew with the winning raft, and the Peter Filer Memorial Cup is presented to the crew with the most entertaining behavior. Judging from the photos we've seen of the properly decked-out Calixe crew aboard their raft Flintstones, we'd say the prizes are well deserved. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,605-hp Deutz-MWMs

17. IZANAMI | L: 191'9" Y: 1993
Here's the second yacht on our list owned by Larry Ellison (see no. 6). Just like Katana, this one has a Japanese name, as Ellison readily admits to having been greatly influenced by Japanese culture. In Shinto mythology Izanami is a primordial goddess and personification of the Earth and darkness; roughly translated, the name means "the female who invites." The yacht certainly invites second (and third) looks, due to her sharply angular, even militaristic lines. Don't think that Ellison is just a rich businessman who acquired his yachts as toys--he's quite an accomplished sailor, skippering his sailing yacht Sayonara into first place in five Maxi World Championships and crossing the finish line first in the infamous 1998 Sydney to Hobart race. B: Lürssen Werft, Germany; N: Norman Foster/builder; H: Aluminum; E: 2/5,875-hp MTUs

18. PEGASUS | L: 189'3" Y: 2001
This blue-hulled beauty charters for $300,000 per week in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Her flying bridge alone is nearly 100 feet long, and her transom folds down to create a beach-like area for launching watertoys and for guests to get on and off them. If you're staying aboard in the lavish master stateroom and wake up on a particularly chilly morning, or if the air conditioning is just a wee bit too cold, rest assured: The marble sole in the master bath is heated. The name is a tribute to the owner's wife, Peggy, and the mythological winged horse. B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: The "A" Group--Monte Carlo SAM; H: Steel; E: 2/1,650-hp Caterpillars

19. EXCELLENCE III | L: 187'10" Y: 2001
Name a car, and chances are Herb Chambers sells it--or to be more accurate, one of his numerous New England dealerships sells it. He has what's reportedly the largest dealer network in the region, and in her first year on the charter circuit, his yacht, Excellence III, proved to be a favorite. And no wonder, considering her sky lounge converts to a theater (with Surround Sound, naturally). She's available for $315,000 per week plus expenses in the Caribbean and the Western Med. B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

20. ULTIMA III | L: 187'9" Y: 1998
Ultima III has done extensive cruising in the Mediterranean, around Northern Europe, and in the Baltic, and while she's also visited the Caribbean on several occasions, it seems that most of the time she's spotted in St. Barts. Her owner is Ron Perelman, the head of Revlon. He's entertained some notable people onboard in recent years, including rocker Jon Bon Jovi, Hollywood studio mogul Harvey Weinstein, and former President Gerald Ford. B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,877-hp Caterpillars

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

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