World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2004 Page 8

The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2004

By Diane M. Byrne


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60. Big Roi 206'0" · 2002
Despite reports to the contrary in The Royal Gazette, Roy Speer, cofounder of the Home Shopping Network, did not sell his expedition yacht to Bermudian Dendrick Taylor earlier this year. It seems Taylor jumped the gun when he granted an interview to the paper, explaining he planned to buy the yacht and use her to reward travel agents who sold vacations to the island nation. Not only did Speer turn down his offer, but we hear he also turned down a few others. So Big Roi is still for sale, for $21.5 million. She’ll be cruising Norway and Sweden this summer.
B: Royal Denship, Denmark; N: Tom Fexas Yacht Design; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

61. Lady Lola 205'5" · 2002
Here’s a couple with local pride: Duane and Lola Hagadone, owners of Lady Lola and residents of Idaho, wanted their yacht to tote an all-mahogany Stan-Craft runabout, custom made in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Duane owns several newspapers in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wisconsin plus This Week (a tourist magazine in Hawaii), but he’s also notable for developing the Coeur d’Alene “Floating Green” golf course. It’s fitting, considering his yacht is a floating golf course of sorts—part of her sundeck retracts to reveal a teeing platform complete with artificial grass.
B: Oceanco, South Africa/Holland; N: The “A” Group--Monte Carlo SAM; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

62. Apogee 205'0" · 2003
Apogee is available for charter starting at $305,000 per week. An elevator takes guests through each of her four decks, including up to the sun deck, which is complete with a gym. But who can concentrate on working out when there’s a 12-person Jacuzzi fully forward on the same deck? The yacht is the pride of Darwin Deason, chairman of the board of Affiliated Computer Services in Texas.
B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,260-hp Caterpillars

63. Cakewalk 204'5" · 2000
If the China Sea, the Mediterranean, the Coral Sea, and the Aegean are merely names of bodies of water in your mind, then you’ve never been aboard this charter yacht. They—as well as the Caribbean and the Bahamas—are the names of the staterooms aboard, decorated with fabrics and colors reminiscent of each region. Cakewalk checked into Ocean Marine in Portsmouth, Virginia, earlier this year for some refit work.
B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

64. Virginian 204'2" · 1990
While Virginian is spending the summer in the warm climate of the Med, chartering for $275,625 per week, we hope there’s at least one cool night while guests are aboard. That way they can request the working fireplace in her library be lit.
B: Feadship/Royal Van Lent Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: 2/1,630-hp MANs

65. Sarah 203'4" · 2002
Not only did Donald Starkey pen this blue-hulled yacht’s exterior styling, but he also designed her interior, which features soothing beige tones and crown molding that augments up-lighting. Two guest staterooms on the main deck can be converted when they’re not in use to become part of the owner’s suite, serving as a gym and office.
B: Amels Shipyard, Holland; N: Donald Starkey Designs; H: Steel; E: 2/2,502-hp Caterpillars

66. Solemar 201'8" · 2003
Now available for select charters for $375,000 per week, Solemar has a two-level owner’s suite that includes a raised, private lounge area.
B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,600-hp Caterpillars

67. Esmeralda 201'7" · 1981
If you’re a fan of the Hummer television commercial starring Regis Philbin that’s been running for about a year, then you’ve undoubtedly noticed this yacht. At one point the camera pulls back to show the über SUV sitting on one of Esmeralda’s expansive open deck areas, surrounded by a group of partyers.
B: Codecasa; Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,500-hp MAKs

68. New Sunrise 201'1" · 1999
New Sunrise pulled into Malta Super Yacht Services earlier this year for routine maintenance. We’ll take bets that the owner’s party couldn’t wait for work to finish to tickle the ivories in the saloon; the piano is conveniently located near a fireplace and large seating arrangement for the ultimate late-night atmosphere.
B: CRN, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars

69. Il Vagabondo Again 200'7" · 1987
This Saudi-owned yacht has been spotted in the South of France. She’s equipped with a walk-in cold room measuring nearly 30 square feet.
B: CRN, Italy; N: Terence Disdale/Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/3,312-hp Deutz-MWMs

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

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