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The World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2005 Page 5

The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2005

By Diane M. Byrne

   

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30. LADY SARYA 250'4"
Two years after this yacht was launched, she was stretched about 36 feet, to her current length. She totes a mahogany Venetian watertaxi as a tender. Lady Sarya rarely cruises.
Y: 1972/1974; B: Cantieri Navale Apuania, Italy; N: Rinaldo Gastaldi; H: Steel; E: 2/3,340-hp MTUs

31. TALITHA G 247'4"
If you have $315,000, then you can charter this classic for a week. She looks like she stepped right out of history, as a restoration in the 1990’s ensured her original fireplace and inlaid marquetry would stand the test of time. She’s owned by the Getty family, heirs to the Getty fortune.
Y: 1929/1994; B: Krupps Kiel, Germany; N: Cox & Stevens; H: Steel; E: 2/1,400-hp Caterpillars

32. GIANT 247'0"
The couple who converted this ship to a charter yacht figured multiple generations would be aboard at the same time and that the youthful set would want to get away for a while. That’s why Giant totes a variety of craft ranging from 40-foot sportfishermen to cars (yep, cars: A garage was designed to hold both a Dodge Durango and a Bentley).
Y: 2004 (refit); B: IHC Holland, Holland/refit at various yards; N: Amels, ME Consulting; H: Steel; E: 2/3,400-hp Smith Bolnes

33. LEANDER 245'3"
If Talitha G’s charter rate is too rich for your blood, then you’d better sit down before reading what Leander goes for: $490,000. And yes, that’s per week. But you certainly get an outstanding vessel for your money. The master suite has two staterooms, for example, as well as a private saloon and observation lounge.
Y: 1992; B: Peenewerft Shipyard, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/3,600-hp Deutz-MWMs

34. ENIGMA 244'4"
When Larry Ellison (see no. 2) sold this yacht early last summer, yacht-spotters worldwide were all a-chatter about who the new owner was. Thanks to loose lips within his family, we found out the purchaser was Aidan Barclay, a member of the famous English media family. (Aidan and his father, Sir David Barclay, purchased the Telegraph last year.) The yacht has been to Monaco and Spain, among other places.
Y: 1991; B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Martin Francis; H: Steel; E: 2/5,000-hp Deutz-MWMs with 1/18,500-hp GE turbine

35. ILONA 241'8"
Frank Lowry, an Australian whose real-estate holdings include numerous shopping malls worldwide, had his yacht make her maiden voyage to an unusual cruising spot, Israel. She also attended the Olympics in Greece last summer; apparently everyone onboard had a great time, as the islands are back on their itinerary for this summer. Ilona, named for Lowry’s mother, has a helicopter garage on her aft deck. When needed, the helicopter raises through large hatches on a platform above the bulwarks; the hatches then combine with that platform to form the helipad. It’s also interesting to note that Ilona’s tenders are stowed on both sides of the helicopter garage.
Y: 2003; B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder/Redman Whiteley Dixon; H: Steel; E: 2/2,500-hp Caterpillars

36. SALEM 241'0"
This yacht was formerly used as a weather ship, though we don’t know what year she was built. She retains much of her original styling characteristics.
Y: 1998 (conversion); B: Devonport Yachts, England (conversion); N: Devonport (conversion); H: Steel; E: unknown

37. QUEEN M 238'2"
Queen M was spotted in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in late April. She features an interesting interior design, in that six of her guest staterooms are on the main deck, with two more on the lower deck. We like the feature the owner reserved for himself: a full deck, complete with a sun deck aft and a hot tub forward.
Y: 2004; B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Espen Øino; H: Steel; E: 2/3,110-hp MTUs

38. CORAL ISLAND 236'0"
The mysterious Al Sheik Modhassan is widely reported to be the owner of this Lürssen; he’s also reportedly the former owner of Pelorus (see no. 8). We refer to him as mysterious because it’s quite difficult to determine which Middle Eastern royal family he’s a member of; the only reason we have his name is because a few tabloid reports years ago claim actress Salma Hayek was onboard and a priceless painting was previously stolen from the yacht. Regardless, while most people comment on a yacht’s profile, they’d be remiss to not take a look at Coral Island’s aft decks. A staircase rises grandly from her main deck up two decks to permit access to a variety of alfresco and sunning areas. And her main aft deck is much like a balcony, overlooking an expansive teak-laid boarding platform.
Y: 1994; B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Jon Bannenberg; H: Steel; E: 2/1,877-hp Caterpillars

39. TUEQ 235'6"
Like many yachts belonging to Saudi royalty, this one has visited Marbella, Spain. That’s because the family has a large (the understatement of the year) compound there. Her owner is Prince Salman, the brother of King Fahd.
Y: 2002; B: GNS Shipyard, Holland; N: De Voogt International; H: Steel; E: 2/3,600-hp
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This article originally appeared in the August 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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