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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

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #43: Lady Sarya

#43: LADY SARYA—250'4"

The refit date you see below isn't a typo: She really was extensively changed two years after her launch, to the tune of being lengthened nearly 40 feet. Sardinia and Greece are among the places she's cruised in recent years. If you're a movie buff, rent the 1978 flick The Greek Tycoon, and you'll get a good look at

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #44: Anastasia

#44: ANASTASIA—247'7"

Anastasia

Known as Y703 (her project number at Oceanco) during her build, this new yacht is widely reported to belong to Russian oligarch Vladimir Potanin and named for his daughter. Regardless of who

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #45: Talitha G

#45: TALITHA G—247'4"

Talitha G underwent one heckuva refit last winter in Germany. Not only were parts of the interior gutted, but the original funnels were taken off the yacht, replaced with new ones. The crew—who seem to be a riotously funny lot, judging from their

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #46: Giant

#46: GIANT—247'0"

Visit Giant Limited, and you can take a video tour of her deck areas, including her cavernous engine room. You can also look at lots of photos and detailed drawings of various decks as well as read about her toys, which include a Jeep and two 40-foot sportfishermen. What we don't

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #47: Leander

#47: LEANDER—245'3"

Leander

Charter guests aboard Leander are treated to a royal welcome, but a real royal welcome occurred earlier this year when England's Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles stayed aboard for several days

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #48: Enigma

#48: ENIGMA—244'4"

Enigma spent several months in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, this year, having some maintenance work done, among other things. The yacht has a half-court for basketball on her aft deck. You can't miss her if you see her, due to her bulbous windows forward.

Y: 1991; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Martin Francis; H: steel; E:

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #49: Ilona

#49: ILONA—241'8"

Visit YouTube, and you'll see a great demo of an expandable table custom-made for Ilona. The Internet is replete with plenty of other information about this lady, too, but most of it's wrong. For example, there are reports that the yacht cost anywhere from

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #50: Salem

#50: SALEM—241'0"

Salem

Last summer this converted craft was put up for sale, for $19.75 million, the first time since she was transformed from a weather ship. She was withdrawn from the market several months later, however,

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #51: Silver

#51: SILVER—240'5"

This yacht might more aptly be named Silver Bullet, due to her low profile, silver hull, and the fact that she's capable of 25 knots. Befitting her styling, her decor includes minimalist elements. Take note of her hull material: She's the world's largest all-aluminum yacht.

Y: 2007; B: Hanseatic Marine, Australia; N: Espen

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #52: Laurel

#52: LAUREL—240'0"

In May Laurel arrived in Australia, part of an extended world cruise that included prior stops in the United States, Panama, the Galapagos Islands, and Tahiti. The American owners stepped up from a 165-footer and—pay attention, future yacht owners—kept their captain and crew's personal needs in mind when it came time

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