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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #17: Ice

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

#17: ICE—295’3”Formerly known as Air under Italian ownership, this Lrssen sold to 40-year-old oil billionaire Suleiman Kerimov of Russia last year. The yacht ventured from Barcelona to Antigua before ringing in 2006, then visited Aruba in March, where some people were under the impression that she belonged to

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #18: Constellation

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

#18: CONSTELLATION—290’3”There was some confusion as to whether or not this vessel belonged on our list. Part of the reason was we’d confused her with same-named (and similar-size) Oceanco belonging to a Middle Eastern head of state, and for the purposes of this list, we exclude yachts such as that. Confusion over, we now know that this

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #19: Asean Lady

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

#19: ASEAN LADY—289’0”While Brian Chang, the head of China’s Yantai-Raffles Shipyard and Asean Lady’s owner, commissioned his yacht to withstand rough weather better than traditional motoryachts, he certainly didn’t expect to have to put her to the test the way she was in 2004. Anchored off Phuket, Thailand that December, the yacht experienced the

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #21: Ecstasea

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

#21: ECSTASEA—282’0”Given the other big toys owned by Roman Abramovich (see Pelorus and Le Grand Bleu) and the rumors of other yachts he has under construction, no one would blame

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #28: Al Diriyah

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

#28: AL DIRIYAH —257’9”Al Diriyah has spent many a day in Puerto Banus, Spain, alongside a number of yachts owned by the Saudi royal family—and leading us to believe in previous years that she belonged to the late Saudi King Fahd. She’s named for a protected site in the abandoned former capital of Saudi

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #29: Delphine

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

#29: DELPHINE—257’8”This is the only steam yacht in this size range available for charter—and one of the few steam yachts still equipped with her original engines. Delphine also carries two tenders that were made especially for her in 1927. Jacques Bruynooghe, a Belgian businessman, and his daughter Inneke oversaw the refit and restoration

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #30: Montkaj

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

#30: MONTKAJ—256’0”This yacht frequents Monaco as well as Cannes and Antibes in France. Distinctive round ports dot her upper decks. While most yachts these days have custom lighting that beautifully illuminates them at night, the scheme aboard Montkaj is truly impressive; warm accent lighting highlights her upper

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #31: Lone Ranger

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

#31: LONE RANGER—255’0”Lone Ranger was seen Down Under in Sydney around the Christmas holidays. She’d had quite a year in ‘05, kicking it off with a trip to Antarctica in January and February and then heading to the decidedly warmer waters of Tahiti.Y: 1973/1994; B: Schichau-Unterwesser, Germany; N: Claus Kusch (conversion); H: Steel;

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #32: Samar

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

#32: SAMAR—252’6”For the better part of the past three years, this yacht has been shrouded in secrecy. In fact, if you’re an avid yacht-watcher, this is probably the first time you’re seeing her real name, as she’s been known as Project Lana at the owner’s request since the contract was signed. While most of her features are a mystery, there are a few

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #33: Princess Mariana

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

#33: PRINCESS MARIANA—252’3”Does your boss treat you well? Bet he or she isn’t as good to you and your fellow employees as Princess Mariana’s owner is to his. Carlos Peralta Quintero (who’s also the president of Mexican cellular phone company Iusacell and the owner of the Mexico City Tigres baseball team) treated a

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