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America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2003

By Diane M. Byrne

   
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30. KATHARINE • L: 177'0" Y: 2001
Katharine stopped by the Bahamas for a little R&R this summer and proceeded to Europe, where Spain, France, Italy, and Croatia were on order. Katharine’s owners, Floridians Lee and Peggy Anderson, donated a one-week charter during the Med season as an auction item to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Florida. The winning bid: $380,000, thought to be the most paid for a charter onboard an American charter yacht. B: Trinity Yachts, USA; N: Builder; H: Aluminum; E: 2/2,000-hp MTU-DDCs

31. PERFECT PRESCRIPTION • L: 177'0" Y: 2003
Perfect Prescription is the second yacht her owner, a New Yorker, has commissioned from Oceanfast (the previous one was 149 feet LOA). Some of Perfect Prescription’s features include a spa, two theaters, a large wine “cellar,” and 12 plasma-screen televisions (including two outside). B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Tim Heywood; H: Steel; E: 2/Caterpillars (hp unknown)

32. KISSES • L: 175'0" Y: 2000
Despite rumors in Nantucket, Massachusetts, last year, where Kisses spent time, she isn’t owned by the principals of the Hershey corporation; we hear the name was inspired by the fact that the owner’s wife happens to be a fan of the little chocolate goodies. So are we—and if you’re the owner, we promise to bring a whole bunch of `em if you let us visit. We’re told the interior of your yacht, by Robert Knack International, features amazing modern art. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/Caterpillars (hp unknown)

33. ICE BEAR • L: 173'0" Y: 1988
During most summers this Feadship is in the Sitka, Alaska, area. Some folks there are under the impression that actor Mel Gibson owns her. While we’ve heard he does own property and a boat in Alaska, we’ve never heard his name in connection with the ownership of this yacht. Sorry, Sitka. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars

34. REVELATION • L: 172'0" Y: 1964
The yacht formerly known as Patagonia (owned by a gentleman from Chile) is now in the hands of the Stabbert family, who own the successful charter company Venture Pacific Marine. They’re making her available as an expedition charter yacht in Alaska, complete with a naturalist onboard. Earlier this year the Stabberts had the yacht extended by four feet and replaced the original 1,800-hp Fairbanks Morse diesel engines with modern propulsion. Revelation now has a “wellness center” (complete with massage table), and “sky bar” (aft on the boat deck). B: Zigler Marine, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/850-hp Caterpillars

35. BIG EAGLE • L: 172'0" Y: 1980
Big Eagle is well known in yachting circles. For one, this 172-footer “costarred” in the movie Striptease. But she’s best known for being part of the fleet of Bernie Little, owner of the Miss Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Team. Unfortunately, Little died in April, so the yacht is in the hands of his estate. She’d been placed on the market before his passing, and she’s still for sale, for $7.95 million. B: Mei Shipyard, Japan; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/900-hp Detroit Diesels

36. GALLANT LADY • L: 172'0" Y: 1995
Jim and Jan Moran of Florida get our award for being the most prolific yacht commissioners around—there have been about 90 yachts bearing this same name over the past several decades. They entertain family and friends aboard and have also hosted political and nonprofit fundraisers during cruises. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/960-hp Caterpillars

37. TAIPAN • L: 172'0" Y: 1982/1998
Buddhist statues adorn the dining room, and sculptures of dogs that you’d expect to see outside of a Buddhist temple adorn the master stateroom. But our favorite room, the sky lounge, actually has nothing to do with the Asian theme—simply put, it’s the coolest spot from which to stargaze, as the carpet pattern is a moonlit sky and tiny lights overhead mimic stars and meteors. B: CRN, Italy/ Rybovich Spencer, USA (refit); N: Builder/Calhoun & Co.; H: Steel; E: 2/1,120-hp Blackstones

38. BATTERED BULL • L: 170'9" Y: 1995
From Sweden’s Göteborg in July to America’s New York City in August, Battered Bull and her owners have gotten around. In fact, they’re perhaps the most active cruisers on our list, having completed two circumnavigations and enjoying their third right now—or is it their fourth? We’ve lost track! B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,430-hp Caterpillars

39. RASSELAS • L: 170'7" Y: 1994
Rasselas bears the same name as a literary figure who searched for a happy life. While his search was in vain, this yacht’s search of cruising grounds seems anything but, as she’s completed a circumnavigation. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,280-hp Caterpillars

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

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