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America’s 200 Largest Yachts - 31-40
America’s 200 Largest Yachts

31-40: Barbara Jean to Big Eagle

By Diane M. Byrne

   

35. Solemates
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31. GALLANT LADY | L: 172'0" Y: 1995
Jim Moran, America's first Toyota importer and one of the most successful marketers in the auto business, and his wife Jan delight in entertaining other entrepreneurs aboard this yacht, one of literally dozens they've owned over the years, and all of which carried the same name (no "II" or "IV" or whatever after "Lady"). If you're not an entrepreneur but still wish to "experience" the yacht, you can do so by purchasing the official Gallant Lady calendar, which shows the yacht in various scenic ports worldwide, through the Youth Automotive Training Center in Deerfield Beach, Florida, that Jim Moran founded. (Check out www.yatc.com/contributions.asp for information.) B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; NA: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/960-hp Caterpillars

32. TAIPAN | L: 172'0" Y: 1982/1998
If you've seen the Jackie Chan flick Rush Hour II, then you'll recognize this beauty; she was called Red Dragon in the film. Shooting took place in the Maldives, and according to the Monday Times newspaper in that country, the producers spent about $1 million to redecorate her for their purposes. After filming was done, the yacht went back to her busy cruising schedule--and her original look. We hear she spent this past summer in Croatia, which is thankfully regaining some popularity on the cruising circuit. B: CRN, Italy/Rybovich Spencer, USA (refit); N: Builder/Calhoun & Co.; H: Steel; E: 2/1,120-hp Blackstones

33. BATTERED BULL | L: 170'9" Y: 1995
Here's a yacht-owning couple that apparently thinks the world is so nice they traversed it twice--and they're about to head off on their third world cruise. She's visited such diverse places as Papua New Guinea and Myanmar, in 1999 becoming the first private yacht to visit the Myanmar capital of Yangon. Earlier this year she was in Auckland, New Zealand. B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,430-hp Caterpillars

34. RASSELAS | L: 170'7" Y: 1994
Yet another Feadship that's circumnavigated the world, Rasselas is a classic beauty inside and out. One of our favorite rooms: the sky lounge, complete with game tables. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,280-hp Caterpillars

35. SOLEMATES | L: 170'7" Y: 1998
We hear Solemates is one of the most popular charter yachts available. She'll be cruising the Caribbean this winter, so you can check her out yourself for $210,000 plus expenses per week. What do you get for that? A terrific crew, a stunning master stateroom that has a zodiac design on the wall opposite the bed, and a music library that contains 600 CDs. Just be careful what footwear you pack for your trip--her owner is the head of a major sneaker and footwear company. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,875-hp Caterpillars

36. KISS THE SKY | L: 170'6" Y: 2001
Designer Patrick Knowles and Rybovich Spencer redid the interior of this yacht over a six- to seven-month period, since she changed hands shortly after delivery. Judging from the handful of details Knowles has given us, the yacht must look spectacular. We can't wait to see the master suite, particularly the "her" head, which is aft ("his" is forward). It was expanded to consume a guest suite farther aft (including its head), and the newly formed head was enveloped in cappucino onyx with deep bevels floor to ceiling. Kiss the Sky also sports a new walnut interior, a good deal of hand-forged wrought iron, and, to quote Knowles, the "finest silks, wools, everything," all flame-treated so the yacht could meet MCA safety requirements. B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,200-hp Cummins

37. JAMAICA BAY II | L: 168'0" Y: 1986
Jamaica Bay II spent the summer cruising in New England. She's likely en route to the Caribbean as you read this and will ring in the new year in the playground of the rich and famous, St. Barts. Among the stops planned for next year: Venice. She charters for $165,000 per week. B: Schweers, Germany; N: Diana Yacht Design; H: Steel; E: 2/1,445-hp Caterpillars

38. ENTERPRISE V | L: 168'0" Y: 1992
The blue-hulled beauty that entertains numerous members of the Amway Corporation every year also hosts private cruises for company founders Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel plus their families. Since her delivery she's gone back and forth between Europe and the Caribbean about half a dozen times. It's interesting to note that DeVos and Van Andel started the business in their basement. Another interesting fact: They also own a sailing yacht. B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,175-hp Caterpillars

39. BEAUPORT | L: 168'11" Y: 1960/2002
Beauport was built as a sounding vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard, complete with heavy plating on her hull for navigating in ice. She's since been converted into a yacht, although not a lavish one, which may explain why her owner is offering her for sale for just $2.5 million. Interested buyers, take note: She carries two 30-foot fishing tenders and has a helicopter landing pad. In addition, the wheelhouse comes complete with a telegraph and huge wooden wheel, the two of which give the yacht the appearance of having stepped out from another time. B: Davie & Sons, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/640-hp Fairbanks Morses

40. HAIDA | L: 168'0" Y: 1947
A Texan is having this classic yacht, originally built for Hollywood director Max Fleishman, extensively refitted. Some of the work entails reinstating the yacht's original stack and interior decorative wood moldings. B: Bath Iron Works, USA; N: John H. Wells; H: Steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Enterprise diesels

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

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