America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2005 Page 7

America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2005

By Diane M. Byrne


Skat (#8)
Photo: Bill Muncke

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6. LONE RANGER - 255'0"
Peter Lewis, the former head of Progressive insurance company, spent nearly $17 million to buy this intrepid cruiser eight years ago. It was money well spent, considering he took the former salvage tug on a circumnavigation about two years after that and just a few months ago returned from a voyage to Antarctica. While Lewis turned down our request for an interview regarding the latter trip, we’ll hazard a guess that he didn’t do any scuba diving while there, something he’s enjoyed elsewhere. We’ll also hazard a guess that he’d like to return to the region, as he’s a supporter of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, which promotes safe, environmentally sensitive tourism in the region. As for the name of his yacht, it comes from his love of the radio program of his youth; he told the Cleveland Plains Dealera few years ago that he identified with the masked cowboy, particularly when faced with adversity in the business world.
Y: 1972/1994; B: Schichau-Unterwesser, Germany; N: Claus Kusch (conversion); H: Steel; E: 2/4,400-hp Deutz-MWMs

7. TALITHA G - 247'4"
No doubt the guests aboard Talitha G last summer in Greece felt they’d taken a step back in time; a major restoration in the 1990’s ensured her original fireplace, Lalique glass doors, and inlaid marquetry would look the way they did back when the yacht was first launched. She’s owned by the Getty family, heirs to the famous Getty fortune. She’s also named for the late J.P. Getty’s second wife.
Y: 1929/1994; B: Krupps Kiel, Germany; N: Cox & Stevens; H: Steel; E: 2/1,400-hp Caterpillars

8. SKAT - 233'0"
If you’re a fan of the designs of Marco Zanini, then you’ll love the interior of Skat: No fussy fabrics or overstuffed settees here, just clean, simple lines, in harmony with the angular exterior profile desired by her owner, Charles Simonyi, a software developer. Even though we’ve mentioned it in years past, it warrants repeating that a large “9906” is painted on Skat’s hull, representing her project number while she was under construction. She’s equipped with some clever solutions to common problems. For example, on many yachts, large sliding-glass panels let guests step outside under the bridge-deck overhang; unfortunately, this usually results in air conditioning (or heating) escaping outside. But not aboard this lady. Recessed overhead heat lamps provide warmth when it’s chilly outside, and tiny nozzles expel a cool mist when it’s hot.
Y: 2002; B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Builder/Espen Øino Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,680-hp MTUs

9. REVERIE - 229'7"
A West Coast native who’s involved in providing higher-education programs for working adults is said to own this blue-hulled beauty, the largest yacht to be built in Italy in more than a decade. A four-person elevator makes getting around a lot easier (would youfeel like climbing the stairs from the lowest deck to the sixth deck?). She was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earlier this year and arrived in Monaco in August to enjoy the rest of the summer.
Y: 2000; B: Benetti, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

10. FLORIDIAN - 228'0"
Floridian spent quality time cruising Croatia early this summer. We’re told that her owner, Wayne Huizenga, was delighted with how the yacht turned out after a refit that included creating a helipad and extra staterooms. Huizenga knows just a bit about creating things practically from scratch, having built three Fortune 1,000 corporations that way. One of our favorite features onboard: a swim-up bar.
Y: 2003; B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Builder/Sam Sorgiovanni; H: Aluminum; E: 2/1,492-hp Caterpillars

11. ATTESSA - 225'0"
Folks in the Oak Bay area of British Columbia were unintentionally led astray in August when a local radio station announced that Octopus (no. 2) was in town, when the yacht sitting in Willow Bay was actually this newly refitted lady. But as a reporter for a local paper wrote, “Who’s going to quibble about an extra 200 feet? This is still one massive beast.” Well, we wouldn’t call Attessa a beast, but she’s definitely massive, 21 feet longer than she was when she was first launched (as Aviva). Befitting a yacht this majestic, there’s a grand piano aboard.
Y: 1998/2005; B: Feadship/C. Van Lent En Zonen, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars

12. APOGEE - 205'0"
Everyone into the Jacuzzi! A dozen guests can fit into the hot tub aboard Apogee. Too laid back for your tastes? No problem, this charter yacht also boasts a handful of PWCs, scuba gear, water skis, clear-bottom kayaks, and fishing equipment. All this, plus a kickin’ Wurlitzer jukebox and karaoke system, is yours for $375,000 per week.
Y: 2003; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,260-hp Caterpillars

13. FORTUNATO - 203'5"
Previously known as Cakewalk, this yacht sold a few months ago, as her then-owners are building another yacht. The current owners reportedly spent $10 million refitting her, in collaboration with Andrew Winch Designs, in a Barcelona shipyard.
Y: 2000; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

14. RASSELAS - 203'4"
Looks—and names—can be deceiving, and this yacht proves it. While she’s the second Feadship for the same owner, bearing the same name and similar mahogany interior as her predecessor, that’s where the similarities end. This lady’s about 33 feet longer and five feet wider. Other changes have to do with technology, such as complying with the MCA Code safety regulations, which weren’t around in the early 1990’s, when the first Rasselas was built.
Y: 2005; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

15. MYLIN IV - 200'0"
Here’s one of many yachts refitted with the popular zero-speed stabilizers offered by Quantum Marine. Her owner is Micky Arison, who counts the Miami Heat basketball team among his holdings. The yacht, previously belonging to his father, was named for his mother, Lin.
Y: 1992; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/3,300-hp MTUs

16. ITHAKA - 198'10"
Paul Allen (see nos. 2 and 4) quietly sold this yacht, then named Méduse, within the past year. Most yacht spotters didn’t even know she was for sale. Her new owners named her in honor of the famous Greek island that’s said to have been Ulysses’ homeland. Since she has a recording studio that’s been used by the members of the rock group U2, we’re sure they’ll be the envy of more than a few of their fellow yacht owners.
Y: 1996; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,700-hp Caterpillars

17. BLUE MOON - 198'0"
This Feadship is replacing a same-named 165-footer, from the same design and build team. She totes Riva and a Chris-Craft tenders plus other fun toys like kayaks and (of course) PWCs, all reserved for the enjoyment of the owner’s party, as Blue Moon does not charter.
Y: 2005; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects/Donald Starkey; H: Steel; E: 2/1,650-hp Caterpillars

18. PARAFFIN - 197'2"
Do you hate stepping onto a cold bathroom floor first thing in the morning? Apparently so do the owners of Paraffin, as the marble sole in the master bath is heated. But Michael Kittredge hasn’t forgotten about his guests: The founder of the Yankee Candle Company and his wife Lisa had heated soles put into each guest bath as well, along with heated mirrors to prevent fogging.
Y: 2001; B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

19. INTUITION II - 193'7"
This rugged-looking yacht started life as Spica, a Dutch pilot ship. She was one of several yachts docked in New York’s Chelsea Piers during the Republican National Convention last year.
Y: 1974/1999; B: Amels, Holland/Vosper Thornycroft (UK), England; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 1/1,330-hp Smit Slikkerveer electric motor and 3/650-hp Deutz-MWMs

20. CALIXE - 193'0"
Seen in Helsinki this summer, Calixe belongs to a West Coast resident who keeps a low profile.
Y: 1986; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,605-hp Deutz-MWMs

21. CAPRI - 192'0"
Some yachts are named for people, but this Lürssen was christened in honor of the beautiful Italian island. There’s even a glass sculpture in the master bath depicting some of the island’s scenery. Although her original owner sold her to another American last year, we understand the name has stayed the same.
Y: 2003; B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Builder/Glade Johnson Designs; H: Steel; E: 2/Caterpillars (hp unknown)

22. OCTOBER ROSE - 192'0"
Once belonging to Larry Ellison (see nos. 1 and 23), in recent months this yacht has spent time in the South of France.
Y: 1986/1992; B: Elsflether Werft, Germany; N: Builder/Donald Starkey; H: Steel; E: 2/1,720-hp Caterpillars

23. RONIN - 191'9"
Ronin is typically seen in Sausalito, California, not far from where her owner, Larry Ellison, lives. A boating and fishing newspaper from the Bay Area mistakenly referred to the yacht as a former warship; it’s an easy mistake to make, given her decidedly militaristic styling.
Y: 1993; B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Sir Norman Foster/builder; H: Aluminum; E: 2/5,875-hp MTUs

24. HELIOS - 189'3"
Formerly known as Pegasus, this yacht is now named for the Greek god of the sun. Greek nautical lore says that mariners asking for Helios’ assistance during a storm should rap their knuckles three times (just as they do for Poseidon), and they may be rewarded with calm seas.
Y: 2001; B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: The “A” Group-Monte Carlo SAM; H: Steel; E: 2/1,650-hp Caterpillars

25. EXCELLENCE III - 187'10"
For $345,000 per week, you can enjoy not just the views from this yacht, but also the interesting sights onboard. For example, the grouping of tiny fiber-optic lighting above the dining table mimic stars, and the skylounge can convert to a movie theater (with surround sound, of course, for the ultimate listening pleasure).
Y: 2001; B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

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

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