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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #67: Potomac

#67: Potomac—165'0"

Nicknamed “the floating White House,” this was the Presidential yacht for FDR. A private yacht today, she cruises the San Francisco Bay area. In keeping with her history, she has two high-frequency (HF) radios in her radio room. While they’re not operational, a Ham radio (which operates on the same band) was recently donated and is in

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #68: Andale

#68: Andale—164'0"

For sale for 25.7 million euro (nearly $33 million at presstime), Andale has a standout feature just forward of her pilothouse: an eight-person circular seating area and table. While her owners are reserving her name and the model sailboat she has on display, she is set up for diving and charter.

Y: 2004; B: Codecasa,

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #70: Happy Days

#70: HAPPY DAYS—164’0”

This new launch boasts 7,500 square feet of living area. The owner’s suite on the upper deck has a dining area with windows that lower to let in cool breezes. And speaking of the owner, he wanted the interior to be reminiscent of the ocean, so there’s a lot of custom glasswork onboard, from a blown-glass chandelier above the dining room

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #72: Vango

#72: VANGO—164’0”

An American stepped up to this yacht, the largest launch to date from Westport Shipyard, from a 130-footer (also from Westport). Vango is a play on the name of famed artist Vincent Van Gogh; in keeping with the theme, there are re-creations of his paintings throughout the yacht. There’s also an onyx

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;

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