World's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #58: Kogo
Mansour Ojjeh, who helped found the McLaren Formula 1 racing team, reportedly named his yacht for his wife. Terence Disdale graced her interior with serene, Zen-like design. While the Ojjeh family uses the yacht for both personal enjoyment and business entertainment, Kogo also charters for €455,000 during high season.
Y: 2006; B: Alstom Marine, France; N: builder; H: steel; E: 2/Caterpillar & 2/MTU generators providing power to 2/1,800-kw azipods
Last August Kogo popped up in a slew of British tabloids. Why? The tabby writers weren't penning articles about Kogo's dive room, doctor's cabin, or on-call medical support, impressive though they may be. Nor were they interested in covering her steam room or dip pool. Instead, Kogo made headlines because of Lewis Hamilton, a popular Formula 1 racer on the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team. When photographers snuck shots of the speed demon onboard this 238-footer canoodling with a comely "mystery brunette," it set off a media firestorm. The lady in question was identified as Sarah Ojjeh, the 18-year-old daughter of Kogo's owner.—Catherine Pearson
This article originally appeared in the August 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.