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The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2004

By Diane M. Byrne

   

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20. Bart Roberts 265'0" · 1963/1986/2002
If you’re a regular viewer of the Today show on NBC, then you got a grand armchair tour of Bart Roberts last October. (PMY was actually the first to put the yacht on television, however, getting a CNBC film crew exclusive onboard access about a year prior—but who’s counting?) From the crossed-swords design on her funnel to her fun pirate-theme interior, she has a flair for the dramatic. One great conversation piece is the bar shown at left, which has gold doubloons and other pirate booty encased in its glass top. You can get in on the action if you have $25 million, as Bart Roberts is for sale. (A widely rumored deal around the time of last fall’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show didn’t go through.) And in case you’re wondering, yes, the 400-gallon, piranha-packed fish tank in the saloon is included in the price tag.
B: Canadian Vickers, Canada; N: Builder (original construction), Lennart Edström (conversion); H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Rustons

21. Constellation 262'4" · 1999
Little information is available about this yacht, other than that the owner is Middle Eastern and possibly related to the Saudi royal family. At the time of her commissioning in the late 1990’s, she was among the largest new projects in the world.
B: Oceanco, South Africa; N: The “A” Group; H: Steel; E: 2/8,160-hp MTUs

22. Stargate 262'4" · 2001
Another Middle Eastern citizen owns Stargate, the sistership to Constellation (see no. 21). Not much is known about her, either, although she was commissioned within days of her owner learning that Constellation was commissioned. The two yachts were built simultaneously.
B: Oceanco, South Africa; N: The “A” Group; H: Steel; E: 2/8,160-hp MTUs

23. Delphine 257'8" · 1921/2003
Originally launched for American car magnate Horace Dodge, Delphine emerged from a long-awaited restoration last fall. Her first stop was Monaco Classic Week in September, where fireboats heralded her arrival. Delphine is remarkable mostly for the facts that her original steam engines were completely overhauled and that her interior layout was preserved to keep her true to her history. She also has a sundeck measuring more than 10,000 square feet and full-time musicians who are adept at playing the grand piano and other instruments. She’s available for charter for 50,000 euros (about $60,000) per day.
B: Great Lakes Engineering Works, USA; N: Henry J. Gielow; H: Steel; E: 2/750-hp Babcoq & Wilcox steam engines

24. Montkaj 256'0" · 1995
Montkaj was seen in May in Antibes, France, which is one of her usual haunts (Monaco and Cannes are the others). Prince Mohammed bin Fahd, son of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd and a former minister of communications for the country, has owned her since launch. He’s never permitted Amels or any of the design-team members to release information about her, but reporters for Guardian Unlimited in England discovered a few years ago that he spent £30 million, which today is the equivalent of about $53 million. She’s a beautiful yacht to see, made even more so by an intricate lighting system in her mast and superstructure as well as underwater at her transom.
B: Amels, Holland; N: Terence Disdale; H: Steel; E: 2/2,500-hp Caterpillars

25. Lone Ranger 255'0" · 1973/1994
Seventy-year-old Peter Lewis loved listening to the Lone Ranger radio programs while growing up in Ohio. Later, when he faced challenges as the head of the car-insurance company Progressive, he likened himself to the masked defender of justice. Fitting, then, that the name of his converted ocean tug is Lone Ranger. While health problems forced him to retire as CEO of Progressive a few years ago, they’re sure not stopping him from enjoying his yacht. In mid-May he was aboard in Panama; the Med and Caribbean are also favorite cruising regions.
B: Schichau-Unterwesser, Germany; N: Claus Kusch (conversion); H: Steel; E: 2/4,400-hp Deutz-MWMs

26. Princess Mariana 252'3" · 2003
It’s not often a yacht gets launched without much fanfare, but that’s what seemed to happen with this lady last fall. She features six decks, a floodable stern garage, and a submersible stern platform. In late February she headed through the Panama Canal for the Pacific. Apparently someone in the owner’s party or crew is a yoga enthusiast, judging from a recent listing on the Yoga Network Web site, an online community that connects yoga instructors with students.
B: Royal Denship, Denmark; N: Espen Øino; H: Steel; E: 2/2,570-hp Deutz-MWMs

27. Lady Sarya 250'4" · 1995
Unfortunately Lady Sarya rarely cruises, but you may see her on one of your trips in the Med. She’s also unfortunately not one of the prettiest yachts around, with two large stacks aft and an odd arch in the forward section of her deckhouse.
B: Cantieri Navale Apuania, Italy; N: Rinaldo Gastaldi; H: Steel; E: 2/3,340-hp MTUs

28. Talitha G 247'4" · 1929/1994
If you’ve ever wanted to charter an exceptional yacht, here’s your chance: Talitha G is now officially available. We say “officially” because the few individuals who vacationed aboard her in years past were either friends of the late J. Paul Getty, Jr., her former owner, or celebrities (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman among them). Among the things you’ll be able to enjoy—starting at $350,000 per week during high season—are six staterooms and a vast main-deck dining saloon (too big to be called a dining room), all decorated with period furnishings and details, thanks to the late Jon Bannenberg and his son Dickie, who now runs the famed design house.
B: Krupps Kiel, Germany; N: Cox & Stevens; H: Steel; E: 2/1,400-hp Caterpillars

29. Giant 247'0" · 2004 (refit)
You’d be hard-pressed to miss this former icebreaker due to her bright-red hull. She’s owned by Rene Herzog, a former racecar driver, and his wife Brigitte. And then there’s Giant himself, the black spaniel who enjoys this pleasurecraft’s vast decks as much as his human owners do. Take, for instance, the master suite, a.k.a. the Hermitage suite. Named for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, it’s on the bridge deck and includes a sitting area, a saloon with an electric fireplace, and a bar that rivals one aboard a 100-footer. And oh yes, there’s also a special garage down below that’s designed for a Dodge Durango and a Bentley.
B: IHC Holland, Holland/refit at various yards; N: Amels, ME Consulting; H: Steel; E: 2/3,400-hp Smith Bolnes

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

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