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The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2002 - 20-29
The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2002

By Diane M. Byrne

   

25. Talitha G
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20. Al Diriyah
L: 257'9"  Y: 1960
Sheik Ahmed Yamani, the former Saudi oil minister who was instrumental in the 1973 oil embargo, often takes Al Diriyah through the Mediterranean. She's one of two yachts on our list belonging to Yamani; the second is Lady Sarya (see no. 24). B: National Bulk Carriers, Japan; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,800-hp Fairbanks Morses 

21. Delphine
L: 257'8"  Y: 1921
Delphine is nearing the end of a major refit in Belgium that's bringing her back to her former glory and making her into a charter yacht for up to 26 guests. Launched as the private yacht of Horace Dodge, the famed American automobile magnate, she typically hosted cocktail parties but occasionally was used as a platform for watching speedboat races on the Great Lakes. Befitting her history, Delphine will return to Detroit at some point after her completion. You can find out more on the yacht's official Web site, www.ssdelphine.com. B: Great Lakes Engineering Works; N: Henry J. Gielow; H: Steel; E: 2/1,500-hp Babcoq and Wilcox steam engines 

22. Montkaj
L: 256'0"  Y: 1995
Some yachts feature underwater accent lighting to make them look elegant against the deep-blue harbor at night, but Montkaj takes the highlighting concept further. Not only does she have underwater lights at her stern, but she also has fiber-optic and accent lighting around her superstructure and mast. A member of the Saudi royal family enjoys cruising the Med onboard, especially given that his stateroom is two levels. B: Amels, Holland; N: Terence Disdale; H: Steel; E: 2/Caterpillars (hp unknown) 

23. Lone Ranger
L: 255'0"  Y: 1973/1994
Lone Ranger has been everywhere from St. Barts to Australia and New Zealand. She's owned by an American who's well-known in philanthropic circles and is an active cruiser. It's apropos, since the yacht is a converted commercial salvage tug fitted out inside like a luxury yacht. B: Schichau-Unterwesser, Germany; N: Claus Kusch (conversion); H: Steel; E: 2/4,400-hp Deutz-MWMs 

24. Lady Sarya
L: 250'4"  Y: 1972
The second yacht on our list that belongs to Saudi Arabia's Sheik Ahmed Yamani (see no. 20), Lady Sarya rarely leaves her dock space in Sardinia. B: Cantiere Navale Apuania, Italy; N: Rinaldo Gastaldi; H: Steel; E: 2/3,340-hp MTUs  

25. Talitha G
L: 247'4"  Y: 1929/1994
J. Paul Getty, Jr., heir to the famed Getty fortune and an ex-pat American (he's now a British subject), allows his yacht to be chartered by select parties in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Since Getty is also close with some celebrities and royalty, such as Michael and Shakira Caine as well as Prince Phillip and John Major of England, he's made his yacht available to them on several occasions. B: Krupps Kiel, Germany; N: Cox & Stevens; H: Steel; E: 2/1,400-hp Caterpillars 

26. Giant
L: 246'0"  Y: 1973/2002
The charter world will have to wait just a bit longer for this former salvage tug to finish up her refit. Work had begun in Mexico under one owner about five years ago, but he sold his interest to another owner while it was still underway. That owner had the vessel taken to Miami for completion, but since some of the work performed in Mexico--mostly decorative wood paneling and embellishments--wasn't meticulously done, the stateside workforce has had more to contend with. The red-hulled Giant is still mighty impressive, however, featuring an ice-class hull and generous-size staterooms (many complete with large sitting rooms). Two 40-foot sportfishermen are among her assortment of watertoys, and she can also tote two cars in special compartments if so desired. B: IHC, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/3,400-hp Smith Bolmans  

27. Leander
L: 245'3"  Y: 1992
Capable of 15-knot cruising speeds and featuring an owner's suite that's actually two suites, the blue-hulled Leander has been delighting an exclusive roster of charter guests for many years. Her interior is reminiscent of an English country home, and some of the guest staterooms are actually referred to as VIP apartments. She's available for charter at $420,000 per week. B: Peenewerft Shipyard, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/3,600-hp Deutz-MWMs 

28. Katana
L: 244'4"  Y: 1991
If her pyramid-like superstructure and mass of convex windows doesn't get your attention, then maybe the red-and-white logo onboard Katana will. Folks in New Zealand have been getting an eyeful of her, as her owner, Oracle Corporation chief Larry Ellison, is readying his team for the upcoming America's Cup race. Earlier this year the yacht's anchor accidentally snagged an undersea power cable supplying Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf with electricity; Ellison agreed to pay about NZ$160,000 to fix it. Considering he's among the top ten richest people in the world, that amount of money was probably pocket change. B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Martin Francis; H: Steel; E: 2/5,000-hp Deutz-MWMs with 1/18,500-hp GE turbine 

29. Salem
L: 241'0"  Y: 1998 (conversion)
A two-year process turned a commercial vessel into this yellow-hull yacht, which belongs to a European. Little else is known about her. B: Devonport Yachts, England (conversion); N: Devonport (conversion); H: Steel; E: unknown

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

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