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America’s 200 Largest Yachts - 51-60
America’s 200 Largest Yachts

51-60: Mystique to Aria

By Diane M. Byrne

   

55. Attessa
Photo: Neil Rabinowitz

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51. MYSTIQUE | L: 162'4" Y: 1989
Mystique bears the unmistakable design work of the late Jon Bannenberg, highlighted by large vertical oval windows. Ellen Tracy sportswear company chairman Herb Gallen has owned the yacht for the past 13 years and keeps her at New York's Chelsea Piers during the warmer months. B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Jon Bannenberg/Phil Curran; H: Aluminum; E: 1/1,960-hp & 2/3,480-hp MTUs

52. PRINCESS MARLA | L: 162'0" Y: 1995
PAX television honcho "Bud" Paxson has owned this lady for a few years. Being the media-savvy person he is, he set up a Web site for the yacht, www.princessmarla.tv. She spent nearly this entire year in the Pacific, specifically New Zealand for the winter and spring months and Australia for the summer. In fact, she was docked near Katana (see no. 6) while in Auckland. Her upcoming itinerary may include the South China Sea, although she will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where she'll be for sale for $29 million. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: F. W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,800-hp Caterpillars

53. MICHAELA ROSE | L: 161'5" Y: 1984
A real-estate developer from Texas has enjoyed many an adventure aboard Michaela Rose. The yacht has gone around the world twice and made additional trips up and down both coasts of the United States, through the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas, and in Mexico, to name a few. B: Fr. Schweers, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,037-hp Deutz-MWMs

54. EVVIVA | L: 160'10" Y: 1993
Evviva has been a familiar sight on the West Coast for nearly a decade and is the prize possession of the founder of a major production boatbuilder. Curiously, a few times our spies on the coast have noticed equipment being loaded and unloaded from the yacht; but it didn't appear that things were being installed. One rumor that could explain it: Evviva is being used as a platform to test weight distribution for a larger yacht Westport Shipyard plans to build. B: Admiral Marine Works USA; N: Bill Garden/Donald Starkey; H: Fiberglass; E: 3/2,480-hp MTUs

55. ATTESSA | L: 160'6" Y: 1988
No one who cruises aboard Attessa can ever complain about being bored. First of all, there are two (yes, two) movie "theaters" onboard (one is actually on the top deck, when the drop-down screen in the radar arch is in use), but there's also a killer sound system that'll have the entire marina rockin', should the desire ever arise. Montana entrepreneur Dennis Washington, who counts shipping and rail transportation among his business interests, enjoys cruising aboard Attessa as well as his 105-foot tug named St. Eval. B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/730-hp Detroit Diesels

56. TELEOST | L: 160'5" Y: 1998
Sigh; life as a charter broker really is awfully hard sometimes. The ones who attended the Genoa charter show last spring were treated to a barbecue onboard this yacht, whose name also happens to be that of a type of bony fish. And speaking of fish, Teleost can proudly lay claim to being one of the few megayachts that's had a marlin dragged into her cockpit. While this yacht obviously isn't a new-build, she is new to our list because her previous owners were New Zealanders, who named her Ulysses. B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/905-hp Caterpillars

57. GALLANT LADY | L: 160'0" Y: 2000
"A boat is a part of you, it says what you stand for, and as such our boats represent the entire company. A boat is also a piece of art, and this one is a masterpiece." So says Jim Moran of the second Gallant Lady on our list (see no. 31 for the first one); it's interesting to note that this is the first Lady to be built stateside since 1982. An enormous amount of her four-year design and construction was spent on the interior, and it shows. A grand marble foyer greets all who step aboard, and an equally grand staircase whisks them up to the sky lounge. No matter what room you're in, you have an expansive view to the world outside thanks to extra-large windows. B: Delta Marine, USA; N: Delta Design Group; H: Aluminum; E: 2/1,100-hp Caterpillars

58. MI GAEA | L: 158'3" Y: 1990
The owner of Blue Moon (see no. 43) previously owned this yacht. "Mi Gaea" means Mother Earth, or mother of the Titans in Greek mythology. The present owner has visited Nova Scotia and Belize, among other places. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/900-hp Caterpillars

59. ANSON BELL | L: 156'0" Y: 2002
This yacht's namesake is actually onboard--or at least a part of her is. HMS Anson was an English ship that was wrecked off the coast of the UK in the early 1800's. Her bell was recovered years later, and when the owner of this new Palmer Johnson acquired it, he was so inspired by the story that he decided to not only position it center stage in the main foyer, but also have his yacht set high standards of safety and engineering. The display niche for the bell combines vertically laminated and finger-jointed wooden "ribs" reminiscent of the structure of an old wooden ship hull. Panels that look like scavenged beach glass are behind the bell, with the story of the ship and the bell itself engraved in them. (For more details, see "Safe and Secure," in this issue.) B: Palmer Johnson, USA; N: Sparkman & Stephens; H: Aluminum; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

60. ARIA | L: 156'0" Y: 2001
Named for her owners' love of music, Aria is the largest motoryacht to be built in New Zealand. In keeping with her name, she has an extensive audio system and a library containing hundreds of CDs that the owners and guests can access from the staterooms, saloon, and sky lounge at the press of a button. B: Sensation New Zealand, New Zealand; N: Builder; H: Aluminum; E: 2/2,650-hp Caterpillars

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

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