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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #30: Alfa Nero

#30: ALFA NERO—269'0"

When Alfa Nero made her boat-show debut at last year's Monaco Yacht Show, even the most jaded attendees found their jaws dropping. From the aft-deck pool made all the more impressive due to a see-through section in the transom to the fact that the pool can transform into the helipad when the water is drained and the floor

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #31: Sarafsa

#31: SARAFSA—269'0"

Sarafsa

Four years of secrecy preceded the delivery of this six-deck beauty a few months ago. In fact, known only as Project 54 until she emerged from Devonport's build shed, the yacht was one of the best-kept

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #32: Golden Odyssey

#32: GOLDEN ODYSSEY—265'7"

Way before it was popular to be eco-minded, Prince Khalid bin Sultan, the assistant defense minister of Saudi Arabia, was worried about the impact man was having on the ocean and its inhabitants, particularly coral reefs. So for nearly 20 years, he's been welcoming scientists aboard this yacht for research trips. But there's fun

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #33: Bart Roberts

#33: BART ROBERTS—265'0"

When a young (think thirtysomething) Saudi purchased this converted ice breaker, one of the first things he had done to the yacht was change her hull from black to red. Her funnel still boasts a crossed-sword design, in keeping with her pirate name. Not all was fun and games aboard, though. Last August a lawsuit was filed in a New

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #34: Amevi

#34: AMEVI—262'5"

Amevi

British newspapers have reported that Indian steel billionaire Lakshmi Mittal commissioned this lady for 100 million about four years ago, which would have been a bit less than $150 million at the time. They've

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #35: Al Diriyah

#35: AL DIRIYAH—257'9"

When we last checked this yacht's travels in marine-traffic records, she was in Greece and expected to head for Port Said in Egypt. She flies the Saudi Arabian flag and gets her name from the original home of the Saudi royal family and capital of the first Saudi dynasty, from the mid-1700's to the early 1800's.

Y: 1960; B:

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #36: Delphine

#36: DELPHINE—257'8"

Carpet, furnishings, and other decorative items aboard this restored classic are all replicas of the originals that were aboard in the 1920's. It took six years and reportedly $60 million to bring Delphine back to shape. She's been chartered by some of the world's wealthiest individuals, but come September she'll have yet

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #37: Eminence

#37: EMINENCE—257'2"

The project that started out as Excellence IV for American car dealer and yachtsman Herb Chambers changed hands several months ago, quietly—so quietly that no formal announcement came, an unusual move considering nearly every yacht sale in the biz is followed up with a press release. Regardless, she's the largest launch

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #38: Montkaj

#38: MONTKAJ—256'0"

Underwater lighting, stairway lighting, mast lighting, overall accent lighting—Montkaj has got it all and is a sight to behold at night. She's another Saudi-owned yacht on our list and spends nearly all her time cruising up and down the Cte d'Azur.

Y: 1995; B: Amels, Holland; N: Terence Disdale; H: steel; E:

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #39: Lone Ranger

#39: LONE RANGER—255'0"

For $48 million you can buy one of the most adventurous yachts on the planet, from Peter Lewis, the American who headed Progressive Casualty Insurance Company for several years. From the late 1990's through to last year, he and his yacht have been cruising all over the globe; Canada, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Leeward and

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #40: Tueq

#40: TUEQ—254'6"

Panoramic lounges both fore (for the owner) and aft (for guests) treat everyone to great views, which are surely appreciated in beautiful cruising regions such as Spain and Italy, where Tueq has frequented.

Y: 2002; B: GNS Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt International; H: steel; E: 2/3,600-hp Wartsilas

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #41: Samar

#41: SAMAR—252'6"

When Samar was commissioned, she represented the largest yacht to be built in the UK since Britannia was launched. On her uppermost deck, a helicopter is stowed aft, while a Jacuzzi that can accommodate a crowd is forward. Among our favorite features of hers are the leather-lined pedestal chairs that are positioned next to

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #42: Princess Mariana

#42: PRINCESS MARIANA—252'3"

Carlos Peralta Quintero, president of Mexican telecommunications company Iusacell, has an unusual tender for this Danish-built yacht: a racy-looking 115-footer named Moon Goddess that was also built in Denmark (but by Danish Yacht). While Moon Goddess can zip around at 45 knots, Princess Mariana's no

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