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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2005 Page 6

America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2005

By Diane M. Byrne

   

Photo: Martin Fine

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• Intro
• 1. Rising Sun
• 2. Octopus
• 3. Limitless
• 4. Tatoosh
• 5. Bart Roberts
• 6-25
• 26-45
• 46-65
• 66-85
• 86-100
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5. BART ROBERTS - 265'6"
A 70-mph catamaran that seats 25. A landing craft for transporting a car or SUV to the beach. A 25-foot-long swimming pool. Eleven (yes, 11) Jacuzzis. And lest we forget, the piranha tank. All these and more are aboard Bart Roberts, the biggest, baddest pirate ship of ’em all. Besides being christened after the famous buccaneer and evoking his spirit in the master suite, the yacht has nine guest staterooms named for other well-known pirates. There’s Capt. Kidd, Anne Bonny, Howell Davis, Samuel Bellamy, John “Calico Jack” Rackham, John Avery, Henry Morgan, Mary Read, and Blackbeard. In fact, it’s Blackbeard’s cabin that the first guests back in 2002 fought over the most. No wonder—the bed is outfitted in black leather, and in the portrait, Blackbeard points a pistol that eerily seems to follow you no matter where you stand. While the vessel was converted (she was originally a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker) with the intent to sell her, thus far she’s remained in the hands of the gentleman who oversaw the refit. But that might be changing; shortly before we went to press, we received word that a buyer was keen on acquiring her. Let’s hope that if the deal goes through the interested party will keep Bart Roberts’ spirit intact. We’d hate to see the innovative decor, like the halved cannon and cannonballs adorning the saloon’s stone fireplace, replaced with comparatively ho-hum items like mahogany display cases for crystal.
Y: 1963/1996/2002; B: Canadian Vickers, Canada; N: Lennart Edstrom; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Rustons

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This article originally appeared in the November 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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