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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #73: Invader

#73: INVADER—163’7”

Sometimes it’s a good thing to rock the boat: Invader has hosted bands on her top deck for the official opening celebration of boating season in San Francisco Bay. Jim Gabbert, a longtime broadcaster and station owner in California, owns her.

Y: 1999; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #74: Triton

#74: TRITON—163’0”

Because Triton is set up for reef diving and long-term cruising, the owners and guests naturally will want video footage of some of their excursions. Therefore the office on the main deck contains a video-editing station for their use. There’s also an underwater camera fitted into the yacht’s bulbous bow.

Y: 2004; B: Delta

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #75: Shandor

#75: SHANDOR—162’10”

New Zealand, Malaysia, Montenegro, and the less-exotic-but-no-less-beautiful Malta have been on this yacht’s itinerary over the past two years. Previous owners of this yacht include entertainer Merv Griffin and British business baron Alan Sugar.

Y: 1986/1994; B: Fr. Schweers, Germany; N: Gerhard Gilgenast; H: Steel; E: 1/2,300-hp

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #76: Lady J

#76: Lady J—162’6”

Launched as an oil-rig supply vessel, this converted craft, sporting an astounding 40-foot beam, has spent significant time in Seattle over the past several years. If you’ve been following this list for a while, you might notice the LOA above is shorter than what we’ve previously given. Turns out her official registration with the U.S.

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #77: Mystique

#77: Mystique—162’4”

While these days it’s common to see an owner’s deck on either the main or an upper level of a yacht, 17 years ago, when Mystique was delivered, it was unusual. Her owner’s suite is abaft the wheelhouse, complete with a private alfresco area.

Y: 1989; B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Jon Bannenberg/Phil Curran; H: Aluminum;

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #79: Te Manu

#79: Te Manu—161'9"

An annual visitor to New York City’s North Cove Marina, Te Manu totes windsurfers, snorkel gear, double and slalom water skiis, and other fun toys her owner and guests can play with.

Y: 1998; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #80: Michaela Rose

#80: Michaela Rose—161’5”

This yacht spent the summer in Greece, although the recent trip from Chile to Antarctica must have been even more fascinating, as the owner and guests had an ornithologist onboard to learn about albatrosses and other species.

Y: 1984; B: Fr. Schweers, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,037-hp Deutz-MWMs

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #81: Lady In Blue

#81: Lady In Blue—161'0"

A fireplace and dining area are highlights of this yacht’s skylounge. There are also eight types of wood used throughout her various decks. She belongs to Jeffrey Sofer, the principal of real-estate developer Turnberry Associates.

Y: 2004; B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,200-hp Cummins

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #82: Zoom Zoom Zoom

#82: Zoom Zoom Zoom—161’0”

If you’re a fan of HGTV, then you may have seen Zoom Zoom Zoom and her split-level owner’s stateroom on your TV this fall. But the summer of ‘05 is one that the owner and crew will never forget, as some of the crew and Trinity Yachts’ craftsmen rode out Hurricane Katrina onboard at the

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #83: Aurora

#83: Aurora—160’10”

Last year we’d been told by one of our most reliable sources that the former Evviva was rechristened Discovery, but we’ve since discovered that Aurora is the correct name. She spent part of the summer exploring Greece.

Y: 1993; B: Admiral Marine Works USA; N: Bill Garden/Donald Starkey; H: Fiberglass; E:

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #84: Indefensible

#84: Indefensible—160’6”

Popular yachting locales such as St. Tropez in France and Portofino in Italy were on Indefensible’s itinerary earlier this year. The yacht was launched as a 142-footer but stretched by a previous owner.

Y: 1988; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval

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