6. LONE RANGER -
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
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
Y: 1996; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval
Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,700-hp Caterpillars
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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