World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #99: Nara

#99: NARA—198'5"

The family of the late Rafik Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon who was assassinated in early 2005, continues to use this yacht, which he enjoyed for many years.

Y: 1979; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/3,475-hp MTUs

World's 100 Largest Yachts 2006 (State-Owned) #5: Al Mirqab

#5: AL MIRQAB—311'7"

She went by the name of Trick One while under construction, to keep curious yacht followers from figuring out that the emir of Qatar was her owner. He has since taken her to Venice, Italy, among other places, accompanied by a crew of 42.

Y: 2000; B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N:

Insider Knowledge

Alex Braden has a philosophy about refits: When a yacht owner invests money to improve a boat, he should be able to see where virtually every penny goes. "Eighty percent of what you're doing must give a visible improvement to the boat," explains Braden, a director who handles sales and new construction at Britain-based brokerage house Yachting Partners International (YPI). "If you're rebuilding a

Beautiful Lady, Gray Day

The Thames Estuary in winter is not necessarily a place you'd choose for a cruise. For many yachtsmen, even in summer it's a necessary evil: the strangely blank, slightly foreboding link between the river and the sea.

Thousands of boats pass through every year. Local motoryachts based in the scenic upper reaches of the river make an annual pilgrimage downstream—from bucolic Henley,

Sovereign of the Seas - Part II

Even with many cruises under her hull, this Feadship finds circling South America extraordinary.

Editor's Note: We recently introduced you to the South American circumnavigation that the Feadship Queen of Diamonds undertook from late 2004 through 2005. Capt. Ian van der Watt, who has been master of Queen of

The Shadows of Giants

If Stan Antrim gets his way, converted offshore supply vessels will be the next big thing in megayachts.

Paladin Shadow put on no airs. That's why she stood out among the tridecked, teak-soled, and tender-clad behemoths that lined the megayacht quay at the 2005 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Her looks had more in

A Star is Reborn

Ronno Schouten can still remember the day he stepped aboard the 203-foot Feadship Lady Aviva. It was late 2002, and the badly burned yacht had been rescued from her Red Sea cruising grounds and returned to her birthplace in Holland. Launched in 1998, she was still just a baby, Schouten recalls thinking. He looked around the blackened engine room, where the flames had taken hold, then

American Legend

The tough-as-nails, big-screen image of John Wayne belied the private family time he enjoyed aboard his beloved yacht Wild Goose.

On May 26, 1907, pharmacist Clyde Morrison and his wife, Mary Brown, welcomed a happy, healthy baby boy into their modest, four-room Winterset, Iowa, home. They named him Marion Michael Morrison.