Boadicea 231'3" · 1998
Reg Grundy really knows how to enjoy life. Besides cruising aboard this
14-knotter, which has a cinema with 14 seats and a stage, the Australian
media baron has a passion for photography. It’s interesting, considering
the dark blue of his yacht’s hull and her stylish lines make her
a favorite of amateur yacht photographers. When he’s not onboard,
Grundy makes Boadicea available for charter for $420,000 per week.
B: Amels, Holland;
N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown
Absinthe 230'4" · 1973/2004
T sold last year to the proprietor of Sea to Sky Helisports &
Megayacht Adventures. A refit began in September 2003 and should wrap
up within the next few weeks. Among the work performed: creating a helipad,
widening the hull over the last 40 feet aft, and designing a new stern,
the latter two of which added 29 feet to her length. Inside, she gained
a wine cellar, a fitness center and steam room, plus many other features.
Absinthe will serve as a charter yacht, but with a twist: While
she’s cruising in the Pacific Northwest, her helicopter will whisk
guests off for a skiing adventure in the Canadian West Coast mountain
range of British Columbia. Upon their return, they can indulge in a relaxing
massage, thanks to an onboard masseuse.
y Talleres Celaya, Spain; N: Sparkman & Stephens; H: Steel; E: 2/1,125-hp
Reverie 229'7" · 2000
newspapers broke the news earlier this year that Kjell Inge Røkke,
the Norwegian chairman of engineering and construction giant Aker Kvaerner
Group and owner of the Class 1 offshore powerboat racing team Team Reverie,
sold his yacht to an American. He’d originally listed her for sale
in January of last year for $65 million but took her off the market. Obviously
he changed his mind, but if the newspaper accounts are right, he took
a hit on the sale, settling for $57 million. Reverie was seen stateside
in Galveston, Texas, in mid-February getting new furniture.
Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars
Aussie Rules 228'0" · 2003
This spring, a
little more than a year after taking delivery of the largest Oceanfast
ever built—as well as the largest yacht he’s ever owned—Aussie
golfer and entrepreneur Greg Norman sold Aussie Rules to American
Wayne Huizinga of Blockbuster Video fame. The yacht is expected to remain
in the Med through the summer before heading to a refit yard. Even though
the yard hadn’t been selected by the time we went to press, we do
know that the plan is to extend the aft deck to encompass a helicopter
pad and additional guest accommodations, among other things. Once she
emerges from the refit, she’ll carry the name Floridian.
Australia; N: Builder/Sam Sorgiovanni; H: Aluminum; E: 2/1,492-hp Caterpillars
of snorkel gear, 200 rods and reels, and a virtual armada of watertoys
from surfboards to a 42-foot sportfisherman are aboard Aussie Rules.
She’s spending the remainder of the summer chartering in the Mediterranean.
Amazon Express 220'11" · 1966/1984
straddles the design line between looking like a pleasurecraft and looking
like a commercial ship. She was launched as a deep-sea fishing vessel
but converted to a yacht in 1984, with additional work performed ten years
later. Her bright-yellow radar and light masts and red communications
dome make her hard to miss, as does the illustration of an eye on her
Venezia, Italy/Horten, Norway (conversion); N: Espen Øino Naval
Architects (conversion); H: Steel; E: 1/1,710-hp Wickmann
Golden Shadow 219'0" · 1995
pulled into Malta Super Yacht Services in Malta for some engineering work
and painting in May, along with her “sister,” Golden Odyssey
(see no. 19). Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khaled owns the two of them,
though this sister is rugged-looking and has a blue hull. She’s used
mostly as a support vessel and for diving.
Shipyard, USA; N: Francis & Francis; H: Steel; E: 2/2,656-hp Deutz-MWMs
Haida G 218'0" · 1929
Talk about fascinating
tales. This lady was launched as Haida, but the U.S. Navy acquired
her in World War II, when she served as a patrol boat. She returned to
yacht service as Sarina, but was best known as Rosenkavalier
during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Her current owner, who’s
from Europe, bought her four years ago. She’s still powered by her
Krupp Germania Werft, Germany; N: Cox & Stevens; H: Steel; E: 2/750-hp
216'5" · 1987
gained about seven feet overall—and moved up about six places on
our list—after a refit that wrapped up a few months ago. Much of
the work focused on her transom; she now has an integral teak-lined swim
platform that’s flanked by curving stairs to each side.
Navale Nicolini, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/4,155-hp MTUs
Astarte II 213'9" · 1988
among the Greek and Italian islands is typically the order of the day
for Astarte II. She belongs to a Greek shipping magnate.
B: Blohm &
Voss, Germany; N: Builder/Ross Industries; H: Steel; E: 2/2,992-hp Deutz-MWMs
Wedge Too 213'3" · 2002
If the oiled-teak panels lining her superstructure don’t clue
you in to the fact that this yacht is just a little out of the ordinary,
then the fact that famed designer Philippe Starck is the mastermind behind
her eclectic interior sure will. “Eclectic” is an understatement,
actually—the Louis XVI writing desk in the owners’ stateroom
is fitted with a 52-inch plasma TV, a throne-like seat in the main saloon
has armrests in the shape of swans, and various other seats are made of
wheelbarrows or in the shape of gnomes.
B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects/Phillipe
Starck; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars
* There’s an
astounding 7,530 square feet of hardwood flooring used inside Wedge Too.
In addition, Philippe Starck wanted her to feature marble ceiling and
doors; thankfully Feadship convinced him they weren’t ideal from
a weight standpoint.
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