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The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2002 - 30-39
The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2002

By Diane M. Byrne

   

31. Carinthia VI
(Photo: Bill Muncke)
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30. Coral Island
L: 236'0"  Y: 1994
The Saudi who owns this Lürssen is quite protective of his privacy, so not much is known about him or his yacht, although you're apt to see her in the South of France. But she did head to this side of the Atlantic a few months ago for service at Intermarine Savannah. B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Jon Bannenberg; H: Steel; E: 2/1,877-hp Caterpillars 

31. Carinthia VI
L: 233'0"  Y: 1973
Heidi Horten-Chamat, the widow of the German retailer Helmut Horton and one of the richest citizens of Germany, keeps this blue-hulled yacht in the South of France. Word has it that she's taken delivery of a replacement, Fabergé (see no. 8), even though she has this twentysomething kept in good condition. B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Jon Bannenberg/builder; H: Steel; E: 2/5,100-hp MTUs 

32. Skat
L: 233'0"  Y: 2002
You may not realize this is a yacht when you see her, given her gray paint job and angular lines, the latter courtesy of stylist Espen Øino. But a yacht she is, accommodating ten in the owner's party and toting a RIB, Donzi sportfisherman, and (of course) a helicopter. When we saw the model of Skat at the Düsseldorf boat show last January, large numbers were painted on the bow, military-style; we've since heard that the owner was persuaded to forego that idea. B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Builder/Espen Øino; H: Steel; E: 2/2,680-hp MTUs 

33. Boadicea
L: 231'3"  Y: 1998
Boadicea is rumored to be owned by Reg Grundy, the Australian king of television game shows and soap operas. The yacht's interior is by Terence Disdale. She carries unusual-looking custom tenders created by a company called Vikal International. Called Explorer tenders, they're waterjet-powered and have hydraulically opening bows to make it easier for guests to board at beach landings. They also have viewing ports in their hulls for observing ocean life. B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown 

34. Reverie
L: 229'7"  Y: 2000
Encompassing seven decks, one of which is reserved for the enjoyment of her owner, Reverie rivals some cruise ships in terms of sheer mass. The yacht is probably the most voluminous one that Benetti has ever built. The owner, from northern Europe, is extremely protective of his privacy, and despite the yacht featuring a stunning John Munford interior full of rich marbles and mahogany, he's never permitted the yard to photograph it. B: Benetti, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,000-hp Caterpillars 

35. Amazon Express
L: 220'11"  Y: 1966/1984
Amazon Express began life as a deep-sea fishing vessel. She was converted into a yacht in 1984 and used for about a decade by the man who commissioned the refit. Unfortunately, he died, so the yacht changed hands and underwent another renovation shortly thereafter, further tailoring her to pleasure cruising. She incorporates aspects of both yacht design and commercial-fishing naval architecture, although her yellow and bright-blue upper decks, in combination with her gray hull, are a far cry from what you'd expect of either the pleasure or commercial realm. B: Arsenale Venezia, Italy/Horten, Norway (conversion); N: Dwinger Marine (conversion); H: Steel; E: 1/1,710-hp Wickmann 

36. Teraaka
L: 220'0"  Y: 1961
A Nevada resident is awaiting the completion of a two-year refit going on in Mexico's Baja California. His yacht is the former Presidential yacht of Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia and entertained notable figures such as Nikita Kruschev. The current owner plans to have her fly under the U.S. flag. The name is not that unusual, having graced a few ships in history. B: Brodogradiliste Titovo, Yugoslavia; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: unknown 

37. Golden Shadow
L: 219'0"  Y: 1995
The same prince who owns Golden Odyssey (see no. 16) owns this intrepid vessel, which was built at a commercial yard in San Diego. He often takes the two out at the same time on cruises and oceanographic explorations, using this one as a support vessel for the other. Golden Shadow carries a sea plane and four tenders from 20 to 43 feet. B: Campbell Shipyard, USA; N: Francis & Francis; H: Steel; E: 2/2,656-hp Deutz-MWMs
 

38. Haida G
L: 218'0"  Y: 1929
This yacht has quite a history. After serving as a private cruiser for her first decade, she was acquired by the U.S. Navy in October 1940, serving as a patrol boat under the name U.S.S. Argus. After being decommissioned in September 1941 and transferred on loan to the Coast and Geodetic Survey, the vessel was returned to Navy custody the following year and used through April 1946. A private individual bought her later that year, renaming her Sarina--but most yacht-watchers know her as the famed charter yacht Rosenkavalier. Another private individual purchased her in 2000 and restored her original name. And yes, she still looks like a 1920's cruiser today. B: Fr. Krupp Germania Werft, Germany; N: Cox & Stevens; H: Steel; E: 2/750-hp Krupps 

39. Astarte II
L: 213'9"  Y: 1988
A Greek shipping tycoon uses this yacht, which features classic lines, for private cruising. B: Blohm & Voss, Germany; N: Builder/Ross Industries; H: Steel; E: 2/2,992-hp Deutz-MWMs

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

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