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America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2003

By Diane M. Byrne

37. Kiss the Sky
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40. SOLEMATES • L: 170'7" Y: 1998
The spelling of her name reflects the fact that her owner is in the footwear biz. That puts into perspective one of the little surprises that charter guests are treated to: comfy slippers. Wonder if Kenneth Lay (of Enron fame) is still enjoying his; he was a charterer last summer, before the you-know-what really hit the fan. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,875-hp Caterpillars

41. KISS THE SKY • L: 170'6" Y: 2001
Available for charter for $225,000 per week, Kiss the Sky will make you want to do exactly that (well, maybe play a little air guitar while you’re at it, too). Upper-deck indoor and outdoor dining areas afford beautiful vistas, while sumptuous linens and fabrics in the staterooms lull you off to dreamland. B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,200-hp Cummins

42. SUNRISE • L: 170'2" Y: 2001
Begun as the spec yacht Acclaim, Sunrise features a rising sun in the design of her nameboard. B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: Richard Hein/The “A” Group Monte Carlo SAM; H: Steel; E: 2/1,714-hp MTUs

43. DREAM • L: 169'9" Y: 2003
While Dream’s split-level layout on each deck is unusual, perhaps her most impressive feature is an advanced retractable azimuthing stern thruster that’s linked to a Dynamic Positioning System. Used in conjunction with the bow thruster, this setup allows her to hold position and heading without anchoring or running the main engines. If the waves start coming abeam in her anchorage, which would result in uncomfortable rolling, the crew can give the stern thruster a designated heading, and the yacht will take a different angle without the need to fire up the engines and move. An added bonus of the stern-thruster setup: dinner cruising. Dream can be powered on just the main genset and stern thruster, letting the scenery slip by the dining area windows. B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,500-hp Caterpillars

44. BEAUPORT • L: 168'11" Y: 1960
Beauport was built as a sounding vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard, complete with heavy ice plating for navigating in northern climes, and retains much of the look of her former purpose. She’s for sale for just $2.4 million. B: Davie & Sons, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/640-hp Fairbanks Morses

45. ENTERPRISE V • L: 168'0" Y: 1992
The blue-hulled beauty that entertains numerous members of the Amway Corporation every year also hosts private cruises for company founders Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel plus their families. B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,175-hp Caterpillars

46. HAIDA • L: 168'0" Y: 1947
A Texan is having this classic yacht, originally built for Hollywood director Max Fleishman, extensively refitted. Some of the work entails reinstating the yacht’s original stack. B: Bath Iron Works, USA; N: John H. Wells; H: Steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Enterprise diesels

47. JAMAICA BAY II • L: 168'0" Y: 1986
If you like Edwardian formality, charter this lady for $165,000 per week. B: Schweers, Germany; N: Diana Yacht Design; H: Steel; E: 2/1,445-hp Caterpillars

48. ILLUSION • L: 167'0" Y: 1983
Here’s something unusual: Illusion’s sundeck has a large, square opening that lets guests see down to the outdoor dining area below. For safety, it’s railed off; it can also be covered with a shade to filter light below. B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,125-hp Caterpillars

49. LAZY Z • L: 165'8" Y: 1998
After plying the waters of the eastern and western Med this summer, Lazy Z is off to the Caribbean, for a charter rate of $175,000 per week. She was once owned by youthful Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. B: Oceanco, South Africa; N: Richard Hein/The “A” Group Monte Carlo SAM; H: Steel; E: 2/1,714-hp MTUs

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

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