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America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2003

By Diane M. Byrne

   

27. Pangaea
Photo: Jim Raycroft
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20. RONIN • L: 191'9" Y: 1993
An ardent admirer of Japanese culture, Larry Ellison (see no. 6) renamed this yacht about a year ago to keep with the theme. It’s interesting, considering Ronin already had a Japanese name when he bought her a few years prior: Izanami, which in Shinto mythology is the name of a primordial goddess. Apparently Ellison has no plans to sell her, even with the larger (and, undoubtedly, more expensive) yacht he’ll take delivery of next year. But maybe he figures he needs two yachts for two different parts of the world, as he’s spent time aboard this one in California. B: Lürssen Werft, Germany; N: Sir Norman Foster/builder; H: Aluminum; E: 2/5,875-hp MTUs

21. PEGASUS • L: 189'3" Y: 2001
Ron Tutor, a Californian in the construction business, stepped up to this blue-hulled beauty from a 130-foot Broward. While he cruises with his family, he also values his private time; should he need to get away from the kids to work in his onboard office, he’ll be able to work without interruption thanks to a voice-activated security system for the master suite. You can check out these quarters—which feature a false skylight above the marble-lined Jacuzzi tub in the bath—and the other deck spaces, as the yacht charters for $300,000 per week in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: The “A” Group-Monte Carlo SAM; H: Steel; E: 2/1,650-hp Caterpillars

22. EXCELLENCE III • L: 187'10" Y: 2001
If you live in New England and have bought a car in recent years, tell Herb Chambers if you ever meet him—he likely owns the dealership you went to. Better yet, ask him if you can take a look at this yacht. (After all, the hard-earned cash you spent on the car probably bought at least a few of the fixtures, right?) The interior, by Donald Starkey Designs, follows a theme that Starkey terms “restrained opulence,” highlighted by rich mahogany paneling, leather, and onyx. B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

23. ULTIMA III • L: 187'9" Y: 1998
Is Ron Perelman a music buff? Given the rockers and pop stars who’ve been aboard, it would be logical. Mick Jagger was seen on the yacht in St. Barts in January, shortly after 1970’s sensation Barry Manilow serenaded Perelman onboard on his birthday, which is New Year’s Day. Speaking of ‘70’s sensations, actress Suzanne Sommers was present for the celebration, too. And lest we forget, Perelman’s wife, actress Ellen Barkin (pictured below with Perelman), was also there. B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,877-hp Caterpillars

24. SYCARA III • L: 185'4" Y: 2003
The third time’s the charm for the owner of this yacht, who met with success in the car business—this is his third Oceanfast. He’d originally planned to call her Mercedes III but apparently changed his mind a few months ago. He still owns Mercedes II, at 123 feet LOA, launched in 1996. While the late Jon Bannenberg contributed to the designs of all three of his yachts, it’s sad to realize he didn’t live long enough to see this one come to fruition. The owner’s suite is on the upper deck, benefitting from panoramic views. B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Jon Bannenberg/Phil Curran; H: Steel; E: 2/1,600-hp Caterpillars

25. BARBARA JEAN • L: 185'3" Y: 2001
The owners of this yacht know how to make a grand entrance. Their yacht’s main entrance has a staircase flanked by mirrored alcoves in which marble bases support two three-foot-high statues of Poseidon and his wife Amphitrite. Below them, two hand-carved gilded eagles look across the room at one another. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,500-hp Caterpillars

26. LADY J • L: 185'0" Y: 1976
Lady J is a global cruiser on the market for $3.9 million. Among her unusual features: nearly full-height, slanted oval windows aft on the upper deck that spill light into the master stateroom. B: Quality Shipyard, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,760-hp Wartsila Nohab Polars

27. PANGAEA • L: 184'0" Y: 1999
Are you young—or young at heart—and into watersports? Then you have a lot in common with the owner of this charter yacht. Pangaea features water skis, four PWCs, snorkel and scuba gear, four underwater scooters, plus a raft of tenders, including a custom 36-foot Predator (complete with fighting chair) and 19- and 25-foot Nautica RIBs. Pangaea, whose name is the same as the supercontinent that existed in the Mesozoic era, is available for charter for $175,000 per week in the eastern Caribbean this winter. B: Halter Marine, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars

28. HUNTRESS • L: 180'5" Y: 1997
Huntress was one of the many yachts that headed to New Zealand to observe the America’s Cup race earlier this year. No doubt her large picture windows—nicely oversize compared to those of other yachts—let everyone take in the sights. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,280-hp Caterpillars

29. PLATINUM • L: 179'4" Y: 1962
Platinum has always been easily recognized due to the two helicopters she carries. She splits her time between the Florida Keys and New England waters. B: Fr. Lürssen Werft, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,130-hp MTUs

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This article originally appeared in the October 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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