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The World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2003 Page 10

The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2003

By Diane M. Byrne

   

Excellence III (#87)
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80. LIBERTAD • L: 192'0"; Y: 1986/1992
The fast-food biz sure must be good, for we’re told the owner of this yacht made part of his fortune by introducing Spaniards to quick-delivery pizza. He’s Cuban by birth but has adopted Spain as his residence.
B: Elsflether Werft, Germany; N: Donald Starkey Designs/builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,720-hp Caterpillars

81. RONIN • L: 191'9"; Y: 1993
Larry Ellison (see no. 28) changed the name of this yacht, launched as Izanami, about a year ago. Even though he’s about a year away from taking delivery of his next Lürssen, which The Financial Times reports is about 446 feet long, he apparently plans to keep this one.
B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Norman Foster; H: Aluminum; E: 2/5,875-hp MTUs

82. HENRIETTE • L: 191'1"; Y: 1950
Part of the Latsis fleet (see no. 3), this lady is used primarily by John Latsis’ daughter.
B: Welding Shipyard, USA; N: John H. Wells; H: Steel; E: 2/950-hp Busch-Sulzers

83. SEAWOLFE • L: 190'8"; Y: 1957/2002
When a Greek yachtsmen went in search of a commercial vessel to convert to a yacht, he found Clyde, a tough-as-nails tug. A three-year refit turned her into Seawolfe (see page 102). Even though she retains some of her original commercial character, some of her exterior areas are unmistakably yacht-like. Take, for instance, the acres upon acres of teak decking (a party involved in the refit jokingly said it’s the equivalent of an entire forest in Burma, due to Seawolfe’s sheer size). Her most astounding feature, though, is her engine room, with the original Smit/MAN powerplants that stand at least 20 feet high.
B: Smit Kinderdijk, Holland; N: Dhr Huisman/owner; H: Steel; E: 2/1,500-hp Smit/MANs

84. PEGASUS • L: 189'3"; Y: 2001
There are several tons of stone—marble, granite, and onyx—used aboard Pegasus. Her owner, Ron Tutor of Southern Californian construction giant Tutor-Saliba, has a real fondness for it. He also enjoys entertaining his multitude of family members and friends, which is why there’s a huge flying bridge and a sky lounge that can convert to a small theater.
B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: The “A” Group--Monte Carlo SAM; H: Steel; E: 2/1,650-hp Caterpillars

85. LADY MONA K • L: 189'0"; Y: 1986
Six cabins that can accommodate up to 16 people make this Amels special. But she’s also notable for being the former Lady Ghislane, the yacht that in 1991 gained instant notoriety when her then-owner, Australian Robert Maxwell, mysteriously fell overboard and died.
B: Amels, Holland; N: Jon Bannenberg/Diana Yacht Design; H: Steel; E: 2/1,510-hp Caterpillars

86. PRINCESS TANYA • L: 188'10"; Y: 1961
Charter guests who find the wind has taken a little too much liberty with their hair need not fret aboard Princess Tanya, as she has a hair salon. Once their coifs have been restored, they can relax to the dulcet tones of the onboard musicians (a violinist and pianist). Her charter rate is $238,000 per week.
B: Austin & Pickersgill, England; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/840-hp Busch-Sulzers

87. EXCELLENCE III • L: 187'10"; Y: 2001
How’s this for a neat trick: The four guest staterooms on this yacht’s lower deck can be converted into just two (albeit huge) suites. She’s the pride of Herb Chambers, the American who is said to be the largest car dealer in New England. Her dark-blue hull makes her immediately recognizable, but anyone who steps aboard is hard-pressed to forget the sculpture by Rene Lalique of a bald eagle. It takes center stage at the base of the curving staircase (which rises through all four decks).
B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,870-hp Caterpillars

88. ZENOBIA • L: 187'10"; Y: 2003
You might think that because she’s the same length as Excellence III (see no. 87) and from the same builder, Zenobia is an exact sistership. Well, she does have similarities, but she also has her own touches, such as the elliptical ports in the hull (Excellence III’s are round).
B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,870-hp Caterpillars

89. ULTIMA III • L: 187'9"; Y: 1998
Belated happy birthday wishes to Ron Perelman, the Revlon CEO, who celebrated his 60th birthday on New Year’s Day aboard his yacht. As usual, he threw a big party onboard to ring in the New Year in St. Bart’s. Guests included Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and singer Barry Manilow, who serenaded Perelman.
B: Abeking & Rasmussen, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,877-hp Caterpillars

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

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