|The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2003|
By Diane M. Byrne
Madonna. Clint. Tom. Nicole. Arnold (or should we say Ah-nuld?). Recognize these names? Of course you do. They’re the celebrities who are so famous, no last names or labels like “pop star” or “actor” are needed to make the connection clear.
And what about these names: Do Savarona, Lady Moura, Christina O, Carinthia, and Talitha G ring a bell? Of course they do; they’re the celebrities of the yacht world. Ever since we began chronicling the “lives” of these and other notables among the largest privately owned yachts in the world a full 18 years ago, even the most casual yacht-watcher among you hasn’t needed labels like “megayacht” to know what these ocean-goers look like or even which yards built them. (Or, for that matter, the juiciest gossip about their owners.)
So move over, Tom. Turn off your mike, Madonna. And Arnold, you’ll need to rethink your famous “I’ll be back” line (although if you have any future plans to throw yacht parties as fabulous as the one held during the Cannes Film Festival for your latest Terminator movie, we’ll excuse you).
Meet the real superstars.
KEY: L=length; Y=year launched (where two dates are given, the second is a refit date); B=builder; N=naval architect; H=hull material; E=engines
This article originally appeared in the July 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.