#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 "night" because she has some great lighting effects, including green rail lighting. Other great features include an open-air, spa-like area above her transom, complete with bubbling Jacuzzi tub and comfy-looking chairs. Then there are the glass and brushed-chrome staircases, the sitting room with a wood-burning fireplace, the pale stone wall rising up through the middle of the yacht, and the curved and beveled, floor-to-ceiling windows lining two of her decks.
Looks like Larry Ellison, her owner (and the head of Oracle Corporation), got his money’s worth—all $194 million of it, according to his personal financial advisor. The accountant included the amount in correspondence with Ellison over his concern that his boss was spending too lavishly. Ellison obviously disagreed with his accountant then and continues to disagree with him now, since he has no intention of giving up the yacht. His crew of 30 is probably glad to hear they’ll remain gainfully employed, too—though perhaps they could use a little speedy assistance getting around on deck. After looking at a picture that gave a great perspective of just how massive Rising Sun is, one yacht spotter on our Megayachts forum was left to muse, “That poor lonely crew member carrying buckets on the starboard side deck looks like he has a long walk ahead of him.”
Y: 2004; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 4/12,000-hp MTUs
This article originally appeared in the August 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.