|America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2005|
By Diane M. Byrne
“Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.” While Confucius may have confounded more than a few people with this seemingly contradictory statement, it actually makes a lot of sense. In fact, when it comes to the megayacht market, it applies more than you may realize. In reference to the wisest men never changing, there’s something to be said for consistency—the builders and designers whose names appear over and over again on the following pages have certainly proven that. Yet it’s foolish to believe that one can continue on in business or in life in general without changing. Whether it’s the need to remain competitive or the desire to satisfy curiosity, change happens.
• We here at Power & Motoryacht have known that for a while, but we became even more aware of it while preparing this, our 20th edition of the largest American-owned yachts. Consider the following:
• In 1985 there were only five yachts measuring more than 150 feet on our list. Ten years later there were 18. Today the entire list is in that range—larger, actually, as the “smallest” yacht measures 151 feet and a handful of inches.
• In 1986 the 125-foot Lady Alice raised more than a few eyebrows, as she was the largest all-aluminum yacht to date. The so-called prevailing wisdom of the time dictated steel as the hull material for yachts in that size range and up. These days, however, no one so much as blinks at the thought, given the success of yachts like the 11-year-old, 192-foot Ronin (see no. 23)—or the all-fiberglass, 12-year-old, 161-foot Discovery (see no. 74).
Hmm. It’s no wonder some other wise soul came up with a statement akin to that of Confucius: Change is good.
Without further ado, here are “America’s 100 Largest Yachts.”
KEY: Y=year launched (where two dates are given, the last is a refit date); B=builder; N=naval architect; H=hull material; E=engines
This article originally appeared in the November 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.