The World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2005 Page 7

The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2005

By Diane M. Byrne


White Rose of Drachs (#56)
Photo: Frank Behling
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50. GOLDEN SHADOW 219'0"
This member of the Golden Fleet (see no. 24) often transports scientists and other researchers around the world to survey the health of everything from islands to coral reefs. The yacht has a submersible stern lift for retrieving Golden Eye, a Cessna seaplane, once it returns from research trips. Earlier this year Golden Shadow was in the Seychelles.
Y: 1995; B: Campbell Shipyard, USA; N: Francis & Francis; H: Steel; E: 2/2,656-hp Deutz-MWMs

51. HAIDA G 218'0"
If walls could talk, the ones aboard this lady would have some amazing tales to tell. She was launched as the private yacht Haida, but come World War II she was acquired by the U.S. Navy and put into service as the patrol boat USS Argus. After being decommissioned, she returned to yacht service as Sarina, but was perhaps best known as Rosenkavalier during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Y: 1929; B: Friedrich Krupp Germania Werft, Germany; N: Cox & Stevens; H: Steel; E: 2/750-hp Krupps

52. DILBAR 216'6"
Why have just one master suite? There are two aboard this newly delivered yacht. And why have an ordinary launch party, with just a bottle of champagne breaking across the bow, when you can do what this owner did: host a Caribbean- and Latin American-themed party, complete with a band playing salsa and samba music.
Y: 2005; B: Oceanco, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,400-hp Deutz-MWMs

53. AL MENWAR 216'5"
A frequent sight in Mallorca, Spain, this yacht underwent a refit last year. Her new paint job included special attention paid to her windows; previously they were ringed in black, but now they’re surrounded by the same white as the rest of her superstructure and hull.
Y: 1987; B: Cantieri Navale Nicolini, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/4,155-hp MTUs

54. ASTARTE II 213'9"
Private cruising among the Greek and Italian islands is typically the order of the day for Astarte II. Longtime readers may recall she was launched as Kalinga.
Y: 1988; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Builder/Ross Industries; H: Steel; E: 2/2,992-hp Deutz-MWMs

55. WEDGE TOO 213"3"
Why can’t more men be like Issam Fares, the deputy prime minister of Lebanon? He gives his wife, Hala, free reign when it comes to commissioning yachts. In fact, he reportedly didn’t even see Wedge Too until he and his wife arrived in Monaco’s Port Hercule to spend their Christmas holidays aboard shortly after delivery. Thankfully he was delighted when he saw the vertical teak panels adorning her superstructure and the gotta-see-it-to-believe-it interior furnishings, like smiling gnomes holding tabletops.
Y: 2002; B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects/Phillipe Starck; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

Michael Evans, the billionaire behind the U.K.-based property investment and development company Evans Property Group, reportedly named his yacht after one of his business interests (White Rose Center) as well as his children (their initials spell out “Drachs”).
Y: 2004; B: Kusch Yachts, Germany; N: Lasse & Pache; H: Steel; E: 2/3,000-hp Deutz-MWMs

57. SHEMARA 212'0"
Lord Bernard Docker, a former chairman of Daimler, was famous for owning this yacht in the 1950’s. Another British citizen is said to own her presently. The yacht was seen in Lowestoft, the most easterly point in England, in May.
Y: 1938; B: J.J. Thornycroft & Co., England; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/960-hp Atlases

58. VAN TRIUMPH 212'0"
Van Triumph was listed for sale last fall for $12 million. We haven’t seen a recent ad for her, however, so we don’t know whether she changed hands or was removed from the market. She belongs to Hong Kong financier David Lieu and is kept in Hong Kong.
Y: 1984; B: Supercraft, Hong Kong; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,400-hp Yanmars

59. SANS PEUR 210'0"
This yacht’s name means “Without Fear” in French. She reportedly hasn’t been used much over the past several years.
Y: 1933; B: J.J. Thornycroft & Co., England; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown

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

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