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The fish is peeling line off my heavy-duty Penn International 70VS like a Japanese bullet train hell-bent to make one station stop—freedom. Fighting 22 pounds of drag at strike, the unseen and unknown fish has to slow down. It has to! I’ve stopped giant tuna on gear like this. I lean back, and the 5’6” stand-up rod makes an inverted U as my Braid belt and harness support me. The fish is

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2006

Gentle reader, it's time we had a talk. We've noticed you've been behaving rather, well, peculiar lately. You know, like how you've been describing leaving your car in your driveway as Med-mooring. And how you've been referring to 30-odd-foot speedboats as tenders.

There are a few other things we've noticed, too:

—you've been insisting that your "crew" (a.k.a. your kids) paint

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #1: Al Salamah

#1: AL SALAMAH—456’10”

CNN said it best about Al Salamah: "a vessel beside which most similar boats look like little more than glorified pedalos." That’s not hard to do, considering she rises eight decks high. (No wonder tourists have mistaken her for a cruise ship.) She’s said to have 82 rooms, one of which is an

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #2: Rising Sun

#2: RISING SUN—452’8"

Residents and visitors alike in the British Virgin Islands got a good look at Rising Sun, which adorns our cover, a few months ago, when she dropped anchor near The Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda and cruised around other islands. No doubt they admired her both day and night; we say

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #4: Savarona

#4: SAVARONA—408’0”

If there’s any doubt that people in general, not just regular readers like you, can’t get enough of these yachts, then here’s your proof: There’s a Turkish restaurant in London named after Savarona. This lavish yacht has a 282-foot-long staircase, with a solid-brass balustrade, connecting her shelter deck (shaded aft deck) to

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #5: Alexander

#5: ALEXANDER—400’2”

This former cruise ship can accommodate upwards of 80 guests. That’s a big attraction for large charter parties as well as corporate charters. Among the 26 guest staterooms are 14 two-bedroom suites, each with a connecting saloon that can also be used as a small meeting room. Alexander also has a 27-seat cinema and a

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #6: Turama

#6: TURAMA—381’11”

Seventy guests and 60 crew can fill the decks of Turama, and still there’d be plenty of elbowroom left over. The main saloon has a grand piano as well as a dance floor, plus a plasma TV—but movie watching is arguably better in the private theater that can seat 12. Should you decide to charter

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #7: Atlantis II

#7: ATLANTIS II—379’7”

When the Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos was alive, he commissioned this yacht as a replacement for one he gave to Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd. Atlantis II remains in the hands of the Niarchos family and is nearly always tied stern-to in Monaco’s Port Hercule. She did leave the marina briefly in May, however, in the days

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #8: Pelorus

#8: PELORUS—377’3”

Pelorus and her owner, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, spent the winter cruising in the Indian Ocean, including the Seychelles and the Maldives. The yacht has a clever assortment of hatches that open up or fold down to reveal various tenders and their respective launching systems as well as

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