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The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2004

By Diane M. Byrne

   

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30. Leander 245'3" · 1992
White-glove service is the order of the day aboard this charter yacht, available for $490,000 per week. The decor makes guests feel special as well. For example, the grand dining room has a floor-to-ceiling mural of a seascape, complete with classic sailing ships. A true swimming pool keeps them entertained on deck; a cover transforms it into a giant sunning area. The adjacent bar is one of the most popular spots to gather, though guests also enjoy the way a waterline lobby on the lower deck allows easy access to the sea for swimming or one of Leander’s two custom 32-foot tenders.
B: Peenewerft Shipyard, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/3,600-hp Deutz-MWMs

31. Enigma 244'4" · 1991
While she’s not the largest yacht on our list, this was the most expensive one available for sale: The asking price was a cool $68 mil, to be exact. We say “was” because until June, she belonged to Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, and was known as Katana. The new owners are British. The only reason Ellison sold her is because he’s taking delivery of a 460-footer later this year. No doubt the new owners are enjoying the 100-inch retractable projection screen in the saloon (along with a 50-inch flat-panel television), as well as the upper-deck master stateroom with 180-degree views forward and a private deck area, an upper-deck dining area that seats 16, and the half-court basketball court on the main deck. If they have a sweet tooth, they will certainly appreciate the galley’s patisserie (pastry area).
B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Martin Francis; H: Steel; E: 2/5,000-hp Deutz-MWMs with 1/18,500-hp GE turbine

32. Ilona 241'8" · 2003
Talk about a shakedown cruise: Ilona faced down a Force 8 northwesterly gale after leaving Amels in mid-December en route to Gibraltar. Thankfully she came through fine, later going to Cyprus and Israel. Built for experienced owners (their previous yacht was a same-named 147-footer), Ilona is also notable for having her helicopter stowed in a garage under the main deck, fold-down “beach club” partitions on each side at the water level, and 65 underwater lights for the ultimate nighttime effect.
B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder/Redman Whiteley Dixon; H: Steel; E: 2/Caterpillars (hp unknown)

33. Salem 241'0" · 1998 (conversion)
While we don’t know the year that Salem was launched, we do know she was built as a weather ship. Her profile is still commercial in nature; her yellow hull ensures she stands out from the traditional “white boat” crowd. Another difficulty is determining her owner’s nationality; some reports say Saudi, some say European.
B: Devonport Yachts, England (conversion); N: Devonport (conversion); H: Steel; E: unknown

34. Queen M 238'2" · 2004
Forty-four feet wide, Queen M is the yacht that was known under the project name Bun Bun for the past year or so. Her real name is the same as that of a 163-foot Benetti launched in 1998, so perhaps the owner is one in the same as well. If so, then expect to see this six-decker on the charter circuit in the Med and Caribbean. Her interior design is by Donald Starkey and is highlighted by some Japanese touches. We’ll take bets that the sky lounge will be a favored gathering spot, considering there’s a piano near the bar.
B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Espen Øino; H: Steel; E: 2/MTUs (hp unknown)

35. Coral Island 236'0" · 1994
The mysterious Al Sheik Modhassan is widely reported to be this Lürssen’s owner. The aft portion of her main deck overlooks an expansive teak boarding platform. Stowed here is yet another teak platform that, when the yacht is at anchor, is placed in the water and connected via a passarelle, serving as a spot for swimmers to access the water and/or PWC users to disembark.
B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Jon Bannenberg; H: Steel; E: 2/1,877-hp Caterpillars

36. Tueq 235'6" · 2002
Tueq belongs to Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia, the brother of King Fahd. While we’ve never seen photos of the interior, we find it amusing that two diametrically opposed opinions of it have been made public. The editors of one yacht magazine described it as having “breezy elegance,” while the host of an online forum said it was “insipid.”
B: GNS Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt International; H: Steel; E: 2/3,600-hp Wartsillas

37. Hull No. 667 234'9" · 2004
We’re referring to this yacht by her hull number because her intended owner died last year. His family decided to sell her, though around presstime we heard that Roman Abramovich (see nos. 5, 6, 16) may have acquired her.
B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt International; H: Steel; E: 2/2,200-hp Caterpillars

*Photos of the scale model of Hull No, 667, which was originally to be known as Katrion, show a Jacuzzi forward on the main deck.

38. The One 233'0" · 1973
When a yacht owner takes delivery of a successor to his or her present yacht, he or she usually sells the “old” one. Not so in the case of Heidi Horten; the German retail heiress sold this 31-year-old yacht (then known as Carinthia VI) after taking delivery of Carinthia VII (see no. 9) two years ago. The identity of the current owner is a mystery.
B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Jon Bannenberg/builder; H: Steel; E: 2/5,100-hp MTUs

39. Skat 233'0" · 2002
Some yacht-watchers accuse naval architects and stylists of creating “wedding cake” designs, ones in which each white-painted deck balances precisely on top of the next. They can’t take issue with Skat, given her abundance of straight lines and angular surfaces. She’s the first yacht for Charles Simonyi, a driving force behind the development of Microsoft Excel. You could easily mistake her for a military vessel, given the large “9906” that’s painted on her hull in block lettering and the grey paint scheme. The numeric code was her project number while she was under construction, and the paint color was chosen because it’s easier on the eyes than “wedding cake” white.
B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Builder/Espen Øino Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,680-hp MTUs

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This article originally appeared in the July 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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