World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #49: Skat

#49: SKAT—233'0"

If you’ve ever wondered what the attraction of owning one of these megabeauties was, then consider this statement from Charles Simonyi, Skat’s owner: “Yachts are the closest a commoner can get to sovereignty.” He told that to Forbes, additionally revealing that he spends six months aboard. Simonyi, a

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #50: Boadicea

#50: BOADICEA—231'3"

Eighty-two-year-old Reg Grundy, the Australian media magnate, has long been reluctant to talk to the press—and given that The Age newspaper of his home country revealed that his yacht cost AUS$130 million (about $98 million at presstime), he’s probably more reluctant than ever. Too bad, because his yacht, available for

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #51: Absinthe

#51: ABSINTHE—230'4"

Chartering in Alaska and the rest of the Pacific Northwest isn’t terribly unusual, but the way Absinthe does it sure is. For $252,000 per week, her guests get to partake in heliskiing in remote areas where the powder is untouched. In Mexico and Costa Rica, she does helitours for sightseeing and

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #52: Reverie

#52: REVERIE—229'7"

Visitors to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands got a long look at this lady, considering she dropped anchor in North Sound a few times in the winter and spring this year. While the fact that she has a deck devoted to the owner’s exclusive use isn’t unusual for a yacht this size, it is remarkable

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #53: Sherakhan

#53: SHERAKHAN—229'7"

Friends or family members who complain about the size of their accommodations won’t have any argument aboard this charter yacht, as the guest staterooms range from 98 to 164 square feet each. And each is equipped with a minibar, though a Mars bar can’t possibly compare to the meals served at the formal dining table (for 26). Just

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #54: Floridian

#54: FLORIDIAN—228'0"

Her interior is quite posh, from the “F” inlaid in marble in her entry foyer to the master suite, featuring a handful of cushy settees and chairs plus a king-size bed (backed by an equally cushy, tufted headboard). There’s also a curtained massage area on her aft deck.

Y: 2003; B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Builder/Sam

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #55: Siran

#55: SIRAN—225'1"

If you’re an avid follower of this list and these yachts, then you’ve probably noticed something different already about Siran’s statistics—specifically, her LOA. Since launch she’s been 208'9", but she ventured to Feadship’s newly acquired facility in Makkum, Holland, last summer to begin a five-meter (about 16-foot)

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #56: Attessa

#56: ATTESSA—225'0"

We deserve 30 lashes with a wet chamois for having Attessa’s LOA wrong in last year’s edition. While she was originally launched (for a European, under the name Aviva) at 205 feet, her present owner, American industrialist Dennis Washington, had her extended—and extensively rebuilt,

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #57: Lady Anne

#57: LADY ANNE—224'7"

Six decks provide quite a good amount of play space aboard this yacht. She was in Copenhagen in May, where a tour-boat operator reportedly told his passengers that she belonged to a Microsoft millionaire (but not, oddly enough, Bill Gates, given how so many people think he owns practically every yacht afloat). If you get a chance to

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #58: Amazon Express

#58: AMAZON EXPRESS—220'11"

Despite many changes to her styling (particularly her superstructure) and, of course, her interior, Amazon Express still has a commercial air to her. She was built as a research vessel and converted into a yacht during two stints in yards in Norway and Italy in 1984 and 1994,