World's 100 Largest Yachts 2007 #44: Ilona
Talk about an innovative stowage solution: Ilona has a helicopter hanger aft below decks. A platform lifts the helicopter to deck level when it's needed, and the hatches that open to permit this to occur fold back into place and with the platform form a landing pad. In early May the helicopter served as an impressive backdrop for the crew, clad in their dress whites, in Rhodes, Greece, when one of our staffers saw dressed-to-the-nines guests arriving for an evening soiree.
Y: 2003; B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder/Redman Whiteley Dixon; H: steel; E: 2/2,500-hp Caterpillars
This article originally appeared in the August 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.