The World's 100 Largest Yachts 2001 Page 4

World’s 100 Largest Yachts: 18-26
World’s 100 Largest Yachts — August 2001
By Diane M. Byrne

26. Katana
(Photo: Martin Francis)
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18. Al Diriyah
257'9" · 1960 A familiar sight in the Eastern Mediterranean, she belongs to Sheik Ahmed Yamani, the former Saudi oil minister who was instrumental in the 1973 oil embargo. Al Diriyah is one of two yachts on our list belonging to Yamani and is named for a protected site in the abandoned former capital of Saudi Arabia; it's also interesting to note that the site is one of the few places in Saudi Arabia where photography is permitted. B: National Bulk Carriers, Japan; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/1,800-hp Fairbanks Morses

19. Delphine
257'8" · 1921 Rescued four years ago after years of lying in disrepair, Delphine is undergoing a major refit in Europe to bring her back to her former glory, resembling a 1930s-style yacht. While she was launched as the private yacht of American automobile magnate Horace Dodge, when work is completed, she'll be a charter yacht. Hopefully her owner will preserve her three 113-bar steam boilers powering her turbines, since Delphine is the only vessel currently in operation with working examples of this equipment. B: Great Lakes Engineering Works; N: Henry J. Gielow; H: Steel; E: 2/1,500-hp Babcoq and Wilcox steam engines

20. Montkaj
256'0" · 1995 Even though he's not the head of state, the member of the Saudi royal family who owns Montkaj surely feels like a king onboard, given that his stateroom is two levels. He took the yacht back to Amels several months ago to create more space on her aft decks; about 10 feet was gained. She cruises the Med. B: Amels, Holland; N: Terence Disdale; H: Steel; E: 2/Caterpillars (hp unknown)

21. Lone Ranger
255'0" · 1973/1994 Lone Ranger spent the new year holiday in St. Bart's, docked alongside Le Grand Bleu and Tatoosh (see nos. 5 and 10, respectively). She's owned by an American and is an active cruiser. It's apropos, since she's a converted commercial salvage tug fitted out inside as a luxury yacht. B: Schichau-Unterwesser, Germany; N: Claus Kusch (conversion); H: Steel; E: 2/4,400-hp Deutz-MWMs

22. Lady Sarya
250'4" · 1972 The second yacht belonging to Sheik Ahmed Yamani (see no. 18), Lady Sarya rarely leaves the dock in Sardinia. B: Cantiere Navale Apuania, Italy; N: Rinaldo Gastaldi; H: Steel; E: 2/3,340-hp MTUs

23. Talitha G
247'4" · 1929/1994 J. Paul Getty, Jr., heir to the famed Getty fortune and an ex-pat American (he's now a British subject), allows select parties to charter his yacht--and we do mean select. Tom Cruise and his now-ex-wife Nicole Kidman are among the few who have cruised aboard. B: Krupps Kiel, Germany; N: Cox & Stevens; H: Steel; E: 2/1,400-hp Caterpillars

24. Giant
246'0" · 1973/2001 The charter world has been waiting four long years for this former salvage tug to finish up her refit in Mexico. Once she's ready, though, impatient charterers may forget all about having to wait, given her amazing array of toys: an Albin 28, two Ocean 40s, two Novuranias, a helicopter, a Mercedes, and two Jeeps. Giant will also reportedly be the only certified icebreaker in yacht service. B: IHC, Holland (refit yard unknown); N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/3,400-hp Smith Bolmans

25. Leander
245'3" · 1992 She may not be the largest charter yacht, but Leander is certainly one of the most expensive ones available, going for $420,000 a week in the summer season. What does that get you? Try a magnificent interior that resembles an English country home, complete with two master suites, both of which are on the main deck. She belongs to Sir Donald Gosling of England, one of the most successful businessmen in British corporate history and an active philanthropist.  B: Peenewerft Shipyard, Germany; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/5,250-hp Deutz-MWMs

26. Katana
244'4" · 1991 Picture a megayacht speeding along at 35 knots--quite a sight, right? Then picture Katana doing it, with her pyramid-like superstructure and assembly of convex windows, and the vision becomes all the more impressive. And that's exactly what we've come to expect from Larry Ellison, the American tycoon who enjoys life aboard Katana when he's taking a break from running Oracle Corporation, the nation's number-two software company. And boy, does he know how take a break--the yacht features a television lounge with a huge plasma-screen TV and electric keyboard as well as a two-level owner's "apartment." Oh yes, there's also a basketball court on the aft deck. B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Martin Francis; H: Steel; E: 2/5,000-hp Deutz-MWMs with 1/18,500-hp GE turbine

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

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