#32: GOLDEN ODYSSEY—265'7"
Way before it was popular to be eco-minded, Prince Khalid bin Sultan, the assistant defense minister of Saudi Arabia, was worried about the impact man was having on the ocean and its inhabitants, particularly coral reefs. So for nearly 20 years, he's been welcoming scientists aboard this yacht for research trips. But there's fun to be had, too. Golden Odyssey features a pool with a glass bottom positioned directly above a coral aquarium on the main deck. The yacht is also part of a three-vessel fleet (which includes Golden Shadow, no. 80 on our list, and a smaller sportfisherman) that's available for charter to a select group of clientele.
Y: 1990; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Platou; H: steel; E: 2/2,992-hp Deutz-MWMs
This article originally appeared in the August 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.