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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced in April that about $13 million in grants would go to 14 major boating infrastructure projects from Florida to Washington. As part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG), the funds will be allocated for new docks, boat slips, and other facilities to accommodate the nation’s recreational cruisers.

“Boating is

The Yacht that Vanished

Years ago, while packing boat-test gear into a Pelican case on the Fort Lauderdale waterfront, I fell into conversation with a white-haired gent in a plaid shirt who’d spent much of his life delivering yachts internationally. A garrulous soul, he told me a rousing story about a 75-foot Burger motoryacht he swore he’d seen down in Colombia 20 years before. She’d

A Different Kind of Cruising

Basic black gets the souped-up superyacht treatment from renowned designer Martin Francis.

At first glance, this column may seem like it’s in the wrong publication--better suited to Motor Trend, perhaps, than a motoryacht magazine. But trust me when I say the images here do indeed relate to yachts. In fact, they’re from the

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #1: Rising Sun

#1: RISING SUN—452'8"

Rising Sun kicked off 2008 by anchoring in one of her preferred places: North Sound in the British Virgin Islands. Good choice, Larry (that’s Larry Ellison, head of Oracle Corporation, to the uninitiated). Given the expanse of windows lining her upper decks, we’re sure Ellison and his guests thoroughly enjoyed the views in the

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008

With the news of late being dominated by weakness in the economy, politicians bickering over who’s the more qualified presidential candidate, and wildly unstable fuel prices, it’s a wonder we can concentrate on anything else. It’s times like this that we could all use a diversion. Thankfully, "America’s 100 Largest Yachts" is here to serve

And why not? For those of us who own a boat that

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #2: Octopus

#2: OCTOPUS—414'0"

There’s no way Paul Allen’s Octopus was going to host the wedding of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (a.k.a. Brangelina) this spring, despite the breathless claims made by our celeb-rag brethren: The yacht was scheduled for a maintenance visit to a shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France. She’s been there since May and is expected to

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #3: Le Grand Bleu

#3: LE GRAND BLEU—370'0''

Forty-four-year-old Evgeny (Eugene) Shvidler, an oil and gas billionaire born in Russia but who became an American citizen, enjoys cruising on this big blue boat (hence her name). The yacht was among the first to receive an Environmental Protection Notation from Lloyd’s of London insurance agency because of her sewage and

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #4: Limitless

#4: LIMITLESS—315'8"

Eleven years after her delivery, despite being eclipsed by larger yachts, this blue-hulled lady continues to impress. Apparently so does her owner, clothing titan Leslie Wexner. A 2006 article in Slate magazine stated that he’s the exception to the Yacht of Doom Rule, which holds that "When someone who’s supposed to be looking out for

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #5: Attessa

#5: ATTESSA—302'4"

The major refit and extension of the yacht formerly known as Evergreen continues. Besides extending the LOA given here by about 26 feet, the work involves changing the decidedly Asian decor and decade-old systems. This is the first of two boats on our list owned by avid yachtsman and Montana industrialist Dennis Washington.

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #6: Tatoosh

#6: TATOOSH—301'8"

Greek residents got a good look at Tatoosh, this summer when she spent a few weeks in Athens. But the big buzz about the yacht occurred in France in May when Paul Allen (see no. 2) and his sister Jody hosted an Arabian-themed party onboard during the Cannes film festival. It was apparently quite the soiree, going until dawn

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #7: Lone Ranger

#7: LONE RANGER—255'0"

Forty-eight million dollars will get you this converted icebreaking tug, which has a 31,000-mile range. That puts far-flung corners of the globe within easier reach compared to traditional yachts. Her 43'6'' beam ensures plenty of space to relax and stow toys; in fact, she’s carried a 40-footer since her conversion in 1994.

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #8: Talitha

#8: TALITHA—247'4"

You read that name right: She’s now Talitha, not Talitha G. This summer, shortly after she emerged from a refit at Blohm + Voss that saw the construction of new funnels to hide some of her nav and communication equipment and thereby preserve her classic lines, she dropped the "G." Her longstanding Web site,,

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #9: Laurel

#9: LAUREL—240'0"

If you ever see Laurel, be sure to say hello to the littlest "crewmember," a toddler, who’s the daughter of the captain and the purser. The yacht was built with a nursery to keep the couple happy in case they wanted to start a family. Prior to arriving in Australia, this family and the family-oriented vessel have visited Maine,

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