America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #35: Excellence III

#35: EXCELLENCE III—187'10"

Considering Herb Chambers, a successful car dealer, sold the larger successor he was building to replace this yacht, he decided to keep this "small" lady after all. She charters for F340,000 (about $462,400) per week in the Med and Caribbean, and she boasts a skylounge that converts to a theater, complete with Surround Sound.

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #36: Ultima III

#36 ULTIMA III—187'9"

Actor Christian Slater, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, and many more boldface names cocktailed and dined aboard Ultima III during the Cannes Film Festival in May, at the invitation of her owner, makeup mogul Ron Perelman.

Y: 1998; B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/1,877-hp

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #37: Bad Girl

#37: BAD GIRL—186'0"

Ya gotta love a boat with a name like this-though we wonder if the implied meaning got conveyed in translation for the Italians who saw her cruising their coastline all summer. The yacht has Xbox and Playstation units for the kiddie crowd plus more than 400 movies on demand.

Y: 1992; B: Brooke Yachts, England; N: Luigi

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #38: Sirona III

#38: SIRONA III—185'4"

Despite having a fleet of cruise ships at his disposal, Mickey Arison (of Carnival Cruise Lines) knows that yachts are where it’s at, considering this is the second one on our list that he owns (see no. 23). Since Arison also owns the Miami Heat basketball team, he’s docked Sirona III near the arena for certain games.


America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #39: Lady J

#39: LADY J—162'6"

Between conflicting anecdotal evidence and Coast Guard records, getting this yacht’s LOA straight has been a challenge. For years we had her at 185 feet LOA, but someone told us she was stretched to 190 feet-around the same time that we saw her listed at 162'6'' in Coast Guard documentation. Turns out the Coast Guard confused her LWL

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #40: Pangaea

#40: PANGAEA—184'0"

With her 65,000-gallon fuel capacity, Pangaea can and does voyage far and wide, having visited Tahiti, Bermuda, and the United States within the past three years. Her take-on-the-world styling belies a home-like, 7,000-square-foot interior, replete with beds "the size of a minicontinent," her owners proudly state on

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #41: Allegro

#41: ALLEGRO—183'7"

This summer media outlets were abuzz with stories quoting reliable sources that Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas casino mogul, purchased this three-year-old yacht. They also claimed he’s going to refit her, though no details were given.

Y: 2005; B: Benetti, Italy; N: Stefano Natucci; H: steel; E:

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #43: Altitude

#43: ALTITUDE—180'4"

Despite her high-gloss, sophisticated interior, Altitude is all about fun. She’s equipped with PWCs, a nearly 30-foot sportfisherman, sailing dinghies, kayaks, and a water trampoline, among other diversions.

Y: 2003; B: Benetti, Italy; N: Stefano Natucci; H: steel; E: 2/1,850-hp Caterpillars

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #44: Platinum

#44: PLATINUM—179'4"

The same American has owned this cruiser since the day we started tracking America’s largest yachts more than 20 years ago. He’s protective of his privacy, so few details are known about him or his yacht, though you’re likely to see her on the East Coast.

Y: 1962; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/2,130-hp

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #45: Starfire

#45: STARFIRE—178'0"

You may feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the 1920’s or 1930’s aboard Starfire, given her decor. But she’s a thoroughly modern maiden, with high-speed WiFi, a helicopter landing area, and, of course, stereos and TVs in all guest rooms and lounges. It’s also worth noting that this charter yacht features a brother-brother

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #47: Katharine

#47: KATHARINE—177'0"

Katharine is one of many yachts equipped with special ocean-monitoring equipment from the International SeaKeepers Society. It collects data on everything from water salinity to temperature and sends the information to scientists who are studying the effects of global warming.

Y: 2001; B: Trinity Yachts, USA; N:

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