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America’s 200 Largest Yachts - 16-30
America’s 200 Largest Yachts — 2001
By Diane M. Byrne

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191'9" • 1993
Residents of Sausalito, California, were pretty excited when Larry Ellison berthed Izanami there last summer. The yacht has an arresting profile, marked by angular lines and not a single curve, quite the opposite of what you'd expect of a pleasurecraft. Persistent rumors have Ellison planning to sell this boat, not Katana (see no. 5), when he takes delivery of a yacht in the 450-foot range from Lürssen within the next year or so. B: Lürssen Werft, Germany; N: Norman Foster/builder; H: Aluminum; E: 2/5,875-hp MTUs 

17. PEGASUS           
189'3" • 2001
This biggie replaced a same-named 130-footer which a couple used for extensive cruising. The name is a tribute to the wife, Peggy, and the mythological winged horse. At the launch party they treated the Oceanco staff to a Wild West party, complete with a mechanical bull, shooting gallery, and even a country and western band. Pegasus took her maiden voyage in the Med. B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: The "A" Group--Monte Carlo SAM; H: Steel; E: 2/1,650-hp Caterpillars

18. EXCELLENCE III           
187'10" • 2001
As you read this, the last coats of varnish are probably drying on the furnishings of Herb Chambers' latest yacht. The Connecticut car dealer recently sold his Feadship (see no. 61) in anticipation of this yacht's delivery. Excellence III features a wide array of watertoys, plenty of space for sunbathing, six staterooms that can be converted into four suites, and a sophisticated interior by Donald Starkey Designs. She'll be available for charter for $245,000 per week beginning in February. B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,400-hp Caterpillars 

19. NETANYA VI     
187'0" • 2001
An experienced yachtsman whose last few boats have incorporated "Netanya" in their names welcomed his latest lady this summer. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Design & Engineering; H: Steel; E: unknown 

20. ULTIMA III         
187'9" • 1998
Ultima III is among the handful of yachts on our list that enjoyed the tropical breezes of St. Bart's this winter. Her owner is Ron Perelman, the head of Revlon and husband of actress Ellen Barkin. B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,877-hp Caterpillars 

21. BARBARA JEAN           
185'4" • 2001
Few details are known about this new launch, other than the fact that her owner is a private individual. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Design & Engineering; H: Steel; E: unknown 

185'0" • 1976
Quest was launched as a commercial boat and acquired in the mid-1990s by a private individual for conversion. She's available for sale. B: Halter Marine, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown

23. DREAM   
184'0" • 1999
Just because the owner of this expedition yacht has her for sale doesn't mean he's giving up the visions of globetrotting dancing in his head. Quite the contrary, he's building a larger expedition yacht in Denmark. Whoever buys Dream, currently in St. Petersburg, Florida, will certainly appreciate her beautiful teak-panelled interior. B: Halter Marine, USA; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars

24. HUNTRESS        
180'5" • 1997
Six vertical oval windows that extend down to the guest accommodations on the lower deck are a hallmark of this yacht's design. Huntress underwent a big refit last year at Derecktor Gunnell, and she also recently received a custom Nautical Structures knuckle-boom crane for the deployment of her tenders. As a joke, her crew hooked up the crane to a huge billfish they'd caught and sent a picture to Nautical Structures, giving the company the chance to state tongue-in-cheek that it just built "the world's most expensive fishing pole." B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt International; H: Steel; E: 2/1,280-hp Caterpillars

25. PLATINUM         
179'4" • 1962
Residents of the Keys are quite familiar with Platinum, as she spends a good deal of her time there. She also cruises in New England, as that's where her owner is from. She's readily recognizable due to the two helicopters on her top deck. B: Fr. Lürssen Werft, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,130-hp MTUs

26. SEAHAWK         
177'0" • 2001
This new launch is the largest U.S.-built yacht to fly under the American flag. She's owned by Jim Mattei, the Texas-born entrepreneur who established the Checkers chain of restaurants and owns the NASCAR team for which Michael Waltrip drives. Seahawk has a stunning interior by Claudette Bonville that's characterized by a circular stair rising through the yacht's three decks, a double-size main saloon, and a three-room master suite. B: Trinity Yachts, USA; N: Builder; H: Aluminum; E: 2/2,000-hp MTU-DDCs

27. LITTLE SIS         
175'6" • 1994
New carpeting, two new PWCs, and upgraded equipment should entice charterers to this 22-knot beauty. She's expected to winter in the Bahamas and is available for $165,000 per week for a minimum of two weeks. B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Jon Bannenberg/Phil Curran; H: Aluminum; E: 2/2,750-hp MTUs

28. KISSES   
175'0" • 2000
Etched-glass panels that reflect an art deco style sit below each of the numerous windows lining this yacht's saloon. Coupled with the mirrored overhead, the effect is dramatic and brightens the already voluminous room. Kisses is a strictly private yacht. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt International; H: Steel; E: 2/1,360-hp Caterpillars

29. ICE BEAR           
173'0" • 1988
Eighteen-karat-gold fixtures and a dining room that can accommodate 20 people comfortably are among this yacht's standout features. She was launched as a 167-footer but underwent an extension in 1995. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: H.W. De Voogt & Zoon; H: Steel; E: 2/1,000-hp Caterpillars

30. BIG EAGLE        
172'0" • 1980
A mostly new interior should attract interested parties, as Big Eagle, long a part of Bernie Little's stable of boats, is for sale for $8.6 million. The man behind the Miss Budweiser racing craft had her in Cannes when we went to press and is making her available for the 2002 summer season in the Med for $95,000 per week. B: Mei Shipyard, Japan; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/900-hp Detroit Diesels

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

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