The World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2003 Page 6

The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2003

By Diane M. Byrne


Al Menwar (#47)
Photo: Chris Moorhouse
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40. HAIDA G • L: 218'0"; Y: 1929
Still powered by her original engines, Haida G is an extraordinary example of a classic yacht. She’s been chartered by royalty and “regular” wealthy individuals alike. Previous owners have been equally noteworthy, including film producer Robert Stigwood and British Parliament member Loel Guiness. The current owner is a European.
B: Friedrich Krupp Germania Werft, Germany; N: Cox & Stevens; H: Steel; E: 2/750-hp Krupps

41. ASTARTE II • L: 213’9”; Y: 1988
Private cruising 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

42. WEDGE TOO • L: 213'3"; Y: 2002
“I am an environmentalist and a left-winger; yachts are among the daftest capitalist toys imaginable.” That’s what famed French designer Phillipe Starck bemoaned when a woman approached him about designing a yacht for her and her husband. Famous last words: He signed on anyway, and the result is the largest Feadship to emerge from the De Vries Shipyard. In keeping with his eclectic—some say eccentric—approach, oiled-teak planks stand sentinel along each level of her superstructure, while inside gnomes, thrones, and wheelbarrow chairs, among other singular touches, surprise at every turn. In step with his philosophy of keeping things simple and clean, there’s no nameplate onboard; instead, there’s just a large “W2” painted aft on her profile. Bizarre, or brilliant? Our vote is for brilliant; after all, if you’re going to build something this big, and given the increasing number of traditional white yachts on the water, why blend in?
B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects/Phillipe Starck; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

43. SHEMARA • L: 212'0"; Y: 1938
A British citizen divides his time between a large estate in England and this yacht.
B: J.J. Thornycroft & Co., England; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/960-hp Atlases

44. VAN TRIUMPH • L: 212'0"; Y: 1984
David Lieu, a Hong Kong financier, keeps his yacht at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. You can expect to find her cruising in Asian waters.
B: Supercraft, Hong Kong; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,400-hp Yanmars

45. SANS PEUR • L: 210'0"; Y: 1933
The name of this classic yacht translates to “Without Fear.” The yacht reportedly hasn’t been used much over the past several years.
B: J.J. Thornycroft & Co., England; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown

46. LADY MARINA • L: 209'10"; Y: 1999
Here’s a “mundane” fact that’ll knock your socks off: Lady Marina has (count `em) 142 Hi-Fog sprinklers. The owners previously had a 164-footer but obviously decided they’d like a little more elbowroom. They certainly got it in spades, considering they have their own private massage room as well as a private gym—plus five other rooms solely for their use. Although, if they invite a special guest to come along—like pop singer Mariah Carey, who was seen sunning herself onboard two years ago in Porto Cervo—maybe they’ll make an exception.
B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars

47. AL MENWAR • L: 209'9"; Y: 1987
Yet another Saudi Arabian-owned yacht. The master suite features both a saloon—not just a sitting area—as well as a bedroom and measures 44 feet long.
B: Cantieri Navale Nicolini, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/4,155-hp MTUs

48. SHAHNAZ • L: 209'9"; Y: 1991
Many megayachts head to the Caribbean after the summer season in the Med is over, but not this one—she remains in Antibes. Shahnaz is famous for having a 2,500-square-foot owner’s suite as well as an upper-deck pool.
B: Cantieri Nuovi Liguri, Italy; N: Studio de Jorio/Vincenzo Ruggiero; H: Steel; E: 2/2,250-hp Deutz-MWMs

49. SIRAN • L: 208'9"; Y: 1992
Siran is often seen in Monaco and belongs to two brothers of Lebanese heritage. They move in some high social and business circles, with British royalty among their friends.
B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: Jon Bannenberg/De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,600-hp Caterpillars

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

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