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:

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #48: Kisses

#48: KISSES—175'0"

This Feadship spent time this summer in Sag Harbor, New York, and in Massachusetts waters. Her owner, said to be an automobile dealer, was apparently seen around some of the towns wearing a hat with the yacht’s logo on it; then again, some Web sites are under the impression that Kisses is owned by Jim Pattison, one of Canada’s

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #49: Noble House

#49: NOBLE HOUSE—173'9"

#48: NOBLE HOUSE—173'9"

A new blue hull color took yacht-spotters in the Med by surprise this summer. Charter brokers say her aft bridge deck is a favorite spot for guests, as that’s where the sunpads are located. If they can drag themselves away, they have

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #50: Sea Bowld

#50: SEA BOWLD—173'9"

For sale for $33.9 million, Sea Bowld is said to be capable of high speeds for a yacht her size: nearly 27 knots at top end, in fact. Her somewhat minimalist interior complements her linear look outside-you’ll find no curvy superstructure here. Her owner reportedly met with considerable success in the camera business.

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #51: Ice Bear

#51: ICE BEAR—173'0"

Ice Bear is a familiar sight in Alaskan waters. Like SuRi (see next listing), she’s been the subject of some pretty crazy rumors. One had actor Mel Gibson as her owner, while another had Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates as the lucky guy.

Y: 1988; B: Feadship/Royal De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #52: Passion

#52: PASSION—173'0"

If you think her bright-yellow sunpads (nicely complemented by the Jacuzzi’s water) look cool, wait ‘til you enter her game room. It’s fitted with a 72-inch plasma TV, perfect for hooking up an Xbox console; an air hockey table; and a handful of full-size arcade games. The owner selected them both to

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #53: SuRi

#53: SuRi—173'0"

From Seattle to Tahiti this year, dozens of people were convinced that actor Tom Cruise owned this yacht. Why? Because he named his daughter Suri. The truth is, SuRi (as the yacht’s name is properly displayed) is owned by the same gentleman who has been cruising aboard JeMaSa (see no. 71) for a few years. SuRi is a

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #55: Gallant Lady

#55: GALLANT LADY—172'0"

#60: GALLANT LADY—168'0"

If you like yachts (of course you do) and need a wall calendar, consider ordering the Gallant Lady calendar, complete with a variety of photos of this 172-footer as well as her sisters-including a 65-footer. You can purchase it

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #56: Taipan

#56: TAIPAN—172'0"

Befitting her Asian decor, Taipan has been cruising in Thailand. She’s also spent time in the Med and along the East Coast of the United States. The yacht was originally owned by Middle Eastern royalty, known by the name Awal.

Y: 1982/1998; B: CRN, Italy/Rybovich Spencer, USA (refit); N: builder/Calhoun & Co.; H:

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #57: Battered Bull

#57: BATTERED BULL—170'9"

Considering local officials in Grenada are trying to attract more mega-yachts, they were probably pleased to see Battered Bull cruising there in January. Since the yacht’s owners are diving enthusiasts, hopefully they had a chance to explore the island’s most famous site, the wreck of the

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