Then and Now

Then & Now: 1993-2003

A decade’s worth of “The World’s 100 Largest Yachts” tidbits that are sure to catch an ear around the water cooler.

By Elizabeth A. Ginns and Capt. Patrick Sciacca — August 2003


 More of this Feature

• Part 1: 39 Toilets, and more
• Part 2: $9,500 per minute, and more
• Part 3: Greg Norman, and more

 Related Resources
• Megayacht Index

Everyone loves facts and figures. Why? Perhaps it’s the Jeopardy contestant in all of us. How many times have you played along at home, blurting out the answer (often without forming it as a question) before anyone on the show has pressed the little buzzer? Then you proudly proclaim to family and friends, “I could win on that show.”

Well, in case Jeopardy ever offers a megayacht category, or if you just want to impress everyone with your megayacht wisdom on the next cocktail cruise, we’ve got some nifty nautical knowledge for you. We looked back at our list of the world’s largest yachts from ten years ago and found some interesting comparisons and contrasts with this year’s list. We think you’ll be impressed. Besides, we think knowing that Annaliesse is the most expensive megayacht charter ($770,000 per week) is much more impressive than knowing that goldfish have a memory of three seconds.

Heads Above the Rest
In 1993 Savarona, which has 39 toilets, came in at number one on our list. According to’s Toilet Paper Encyclopedia, the average roll of toilet paper weighs just over half a pound. Multiply that by 39 (toilets), and you get over 19.5 pounds of toilet paper onboard (not counting spare rolls, of course). Which isn’t much when you consider the more than 500 tons of marble onboard.

Le Grand Bleu ranks numero uno in an interesting category: having the largest tender. The current owner recently swapped the previous owner’s 65-foot Guy Couach for a 75-foot Sunseeker.

What’s in a name? Haida G tops our list as the megayacht with the most name changes. The yacht has had five during her 74 years on the water: Haida, U.S.S. Argus, Sarina, Rosenkavalier, and Haida G.

In 1993 more than a quarter of the yachts were built between 1990 and 1993. About a third of the yachts on this year’s list were built since 2000.

Next page > Name Changes, and more > Page 1, 2, 3

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

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