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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #34: Lady Sarya

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

#34: LADY SARYA—250’4”If you’re from the New York area, then no doubt you recognize the name William Levitt (the housing developer of Levittown fame). He was the original owner of this yacht, which has unmistakable twin funnels aft, more than 30 years ago. These days she’s in the hands of former Saudi oil minister Sheik Ahmed Yamani (see

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #35: Talitha G

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

#35: TALITHA G—247’4”Visit Talitha G, and you’ll learn fun facts like: the engineer’s nickname is Banjo (due to his love of the instrument); the chief stewardess claims to have one of the largest collections of “desiccated wasps”; and a deckhand is one heckuva

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #36: Giant

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

#36: GIANT—247’0”An icebreaker-turned-expedition-yacht with a bright-red hull, Giant has a garage for a four-by-four as well as a plethora of other toys, including two 40-foot sportfishermen, a handful of PWCs and RIBs, windsurfers, waterskiing and snorkeling equipment, a kayak, and even mountain bikes. The master

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #37: Leander

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

#37: LEANDER—245’3”Arguably one of the most beautiful, graceful yachts afloat, this blue-hulled lady treats her elite charter guests like royalty, given the two-to-one crew-to-guest ratio. All 12 of her guests can go snorkeling together, as there’s equipment for everyone. Whoever is staying in the master suite might decide to remain onboard and take in

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #38: Enigma

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

#38: ENIGMA—244’4”New Zealand’s M2 magazine listed Enigma in an article aptly named “10 Super Yachts We Want” (subtitled “We’re Not Fussed on the Order”). Among the reasons: the 100-inch retractable projection TV screen and the 50-inch plasma TV, both in the saloon. The editors also are under the impression

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #39: Ilona

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

#39: ILONA —241’8”Ilona spent about two months in Barcelona earlier this year, before causing a stir in London in May when she docked at Canary Wharf. She’s the pride of Frank Lowry, an Australian real-estate magnate.Y: 2003; B: Amels, Holland; N: Builder/Redman Whiteley Dixon; H: Steel; E: 2/2,500-hp Caterpillars

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #40: Salem

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#40: SALEM—241’0”This former weather ship remains somewhat of a mystery, as we haven’t been able to determine the year she was originally launched—though one report we’ve seen guesstimates that it was 1963 and that her launch name was Cumulus. She retains much of her original character and is typically seen in

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #41: Laurel

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

#41: LAUREL—240’0”Sure, there are other, larger debuts on our list, but this one can claim something none of the others can: She’s the largest yacht built on American soil since the 1930’s. She also has a composite superstructure married to her steel hull (the latter of which was subcontracted to Dakota Creek Industries in Washington State), with styling

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #42: Queen M

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#42: QUEEN M—238’2”Tickling the ivories is likely a favorite pastime aboard Queen M, given the baby grand in the saloon (opposite a bar, of course). There’s an additional saloon of sorts on the upper deck, again with a piano and a bar. For closer-to-the-water fun, there’s a 25-foot tender and a custom 26-foot water taxi, both stowed aft in the

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World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #43: RM Elegant

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

#43: RM ELEGANT—237’5”Her styling may not be what you consider, well, elegant (she resembles a half circle), but you can’t deny that RM Elegant makes you take a second look. Her staterooms are named after precious stones, like ruby, topaz, amethyst, citrine, and opal. The owner’s suite is nicknamed diamond (naturally). Check out

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