The World's 100 Largest Yachts 2001 Page 12

World’s 100 Largest Yachts: 90-100
World’s 100 Largest Yachts — August 2001
By Diane M. Byrne

95. Ambrosia
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90. Huntress
180'5" · 1997 The former Sea Sedan, which had been in the hands of a European, is now owned by an American. She is readily recognizable due to six vertical oval windows that extend down to the guest accommodations on the lower deck. B: Feadship/De Vries Scheepsbouw, Holland; N: De Voogt International; H: Steel; E: 2/1,280-hp Caterpillars

91. Claire
180'5" · 1996 Rumors persisted two years ago that the controversial Prince Jefri of Brunei (the brother of the sultan) sold his Feadship to a European owner, but our reliable sources insisted the yacht hadn't changed hands. This time, however, it seems a transfer of ownership has happened--and quietly, at that. Not that we're surprised--after all, if we'd purchased a huge yacht named for a part of the female body (hint: rhymes with "ritz") and that had a nameboard with a matching anatomically correct logo, we'd keep it and the name change quiet, too. But therein lies the problem: None of our sources could tell us the new name, so we're opting for the name that Feadship used when the prince owned her. B: Feadship/C. Van Lent en Zonen, Holland; N: De Voogt International; H: Steel; E: 2/1,280-hp Caterpillars

92. Maalana
180'5" · 1992 Two summers ago a German purchased this Oceanfast from the Sultan of Brunei, but she's reportedly back on the market again. Her distinctive styling includes groupings of several oval windows, and her angular profile complements her 24-knot top speed. B: Oceanfast, Australia; N: Phil Curran/Jon Bannenberg; H: Aluminum; E: 2/3,400-hp MTUs

93. Tacanuya
180'0" · 1992/1998 An Arab yachtsman purchased this yacht when she was known as Defiance and measured 155 feet LOA, purposely to extend her to her current length. The work was done in Viareggio at the former Lusben yard (recently purchased by Azimut/Benetti). Tacanuya cruises the Med. B: Swiftships, USA/Lusben, Italy; N: Builder/Studio Scanu; H: Aluminum; E: unknown

94. Platinum
179'4" · 1962 Platinum has been in American hands for quite some time now. She's perhaps best known for carrying two helicopters onboard. She splits her time between New England and the Florida Keys. B: Fr. Lürssen Werft, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,130-hp MTUs

95. Ambrosia
177'2" · 1998 Do you like music? An investor from Hong Kong apparently does, too, since he had Ambrosia outfitted with an electric piano and karaoke machine. Let's just hope that amateur singers among the guests don't send the rest of the invited party-goers fleeing for the outdoor deck areas--although that wouldn't be such a bad idea, since there's a terrific observation area in front of the pilothouse. B: Benetti, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,573-hp Deutz-MWMs

96. Maridome
177'2" · 1989 Maridome is available for charter for $210,000 per week in the western Med this summer. Her four guest suites are named and decorated after famous ocean liners of the past, including the Queen Mary and Le Normandie. B: Brooke Yachts, England; N: Jon Bannenberg/Diana Yacht Design; H: Steel; E: 2/1,550-hp Caterpillars

97. Sarafsa
177'2" · 1998 Sarafsa has an unusual yet striking color for a hull: maroon. The king of Jordan and his family cruised aboard her in the Greek islands last summer. While there are no details on what her interior looks like, we do know that it was designed by Andrew Winch. B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown

98. Adamas ll
177'0" · 1987 Even though she's not new, Adamas II is debuting on our list--she's now in the hands of a private Greek owner after having been owned by Middle Eastern royalty for several years. The current owner had various items aboard upgraded and has reportedly placed her back on the market. B: Dauphin, Singapore; N: Kenton Marine; H: Steel; E: 2/2,095-hp MTUs

99. Malahne
177'0" · 1937/1983 Previously appearing on our list as Adel, this lady was owned by an Arab yachtsman who primarily used her for business luncheons. She was rebuilt in the early 1980s and recently underwent a major two-year refit from the keel up. She's now known under her original name, which was given to her by the famous film producer Sam Spiegel. She's for sale for $4.9 million and available for select charter dates as well. B: Camper & Nicholsons, England; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/840-hp MTUs

100. Blue Narwhal
176'7 · 1984 Fishing gear, snorkeling gear, and lots of other watersports paraphernalia keep charter guests entertained onboard Blue Narwhal. She's available for $126,000 per week, and she's also for sale for $9.2 million. She was stretched about 14 feet seven years ago. B: Benetti, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,991-hp MAKs

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

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