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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #28: Al Diriyah

#28: AL DIRIYAH —257’9”

Al Diriyah has spent many a day in Puerto Banus, Spain, alongside a number of yachts owned by the Saudi royal family—and leading us to believe in previous years that she belonged to the late Saudi King Fahd. She’s named for a protected site in the abandoned former capital of Saudi

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #29: Delphine

#29: DELPHINE—257’8”

This is the only steam yacht in this size range available for charter—and one of the few steam yachts still equipped with her original engines. Delphine also carries two tenders that were made especially for her in 1927. Jacques Bruynooghe, a Belgian businessman, and his daughter Inneke oversaw the refit and restoration

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #30: Montkaj

#30: MONTKAJ—256’0”

This yacht frequents Monaco as well as Cannes and Antibes in France. Distinctive round ports dot her upper decks. While most yachts these days have custom lighting that beautifully illuminates them at night, the scheme aboard Montkaj is truly impressive; warm accent lighting highlights her upper

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #31: Lone Ranger

#31: LONE RANGER—255’0”

Lone Ranger was seen Down Under in Sydney around the Christmas holidays. She’d had quite a year in ‘05, kicking it off with a trip to Antarctica in January and February and then heading to the decidedly warmer waters of Tahiti.

Y: 1973/1994; B: Schichau-Unterwesser, Germany; N: Claus Kusch (conversion); H: Steel;

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #32: Samar

#32: SAMAR—252’6”

For the better part of the past three years, this yacht has been shrouded in secrecy. In fact, if you’re an avid yacht-watcher, this is probably the first time you’re seeing her real name, as she’s been known as Project Lana at the owner’s request since the contract was signed. While most of her features are a mystery, there are a few

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #33: Princess Mariana

#33: PRINCESS MARIANA—252’3”

Does your boss treat you well? Bet he or she isn’t as good to you and your fellow employees as Princess Mariana’s owner is to his. Carlos Peralta Quintero (who’s also the president of Mexican cellular phone company Iusacell and the owner of the Mexico City Tigres baseball team) treated a

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #34: Lady Sarya

#34: LADY SARYA—250’4”

If you’re from the New York area, then no doubt you recognize the name William Levitt (the housing developer of Levittown fame). He was the original owner of this yacht, which has unmistakable twin funnels aft, more than 30 years ago. These days she’s in the hands of former Saudi oil minister Sheik Ahmed Yamani (see

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #36: Giant

#36: GIANT—247’0”

An icebreaker-turned-expedition-yacht with a bright-red hull, Giant has a garage for a four-by-four as well as a plethora of other toys, including two 40-foot sportfishermen, a handful of PWCs and RIBs, windsurfers, waterskiing and snorkeling equipment, a kayak, and even mountain bikes. The master

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #37: Leander

#37: LEANDER—245’3”

Arguably one of the most beautiful, graceful yachts afloat, this blue-hulled lady treats her elite charter guests like royalty, given the two-to-one crew-to-guest ratio. All 12 of her guests can go snorkeling together, as there’s equipment for everyone. Whoever is staying in the master suite might decide to remain onboard and take in

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #38: Enigma

#38: ENIGMA—244’4”

New Zealand’s M2 magazine listed Enigma in an article aptly named “10 Super Yachts We Want” (subtitled “We’re Not Fussed on the Order”). Among the reasons: the 100-inch retractable projection TV screen and the 50-inch plasma TV, both in the saloon. The editors also are under the impression

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #39: Ilona

#39: ILONA —241’8”

Ilona spent about two months in Barcelona earlier this year, before causing a stir in London in May when she docked at Canary Wharf. She’s the pride of Frank Lowry, an Australian real-estate magnate.

Y: 2003; B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder/Redman Whiteley Dixon; H: Steel; E: 2/2,500-hp Caterpillars

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #40: Salem

#40: SALEM—241’0”

This former weather ship remains somewhat of a mystery, as we haven’t been able to determine the year she was originally launched—though one report we’ve seen guesstimates that it was 1963 and that her launch name was Cumulus. She retains much of her original character and is typically seen in

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