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 Stretching the Limits

"At 246 feet LOA, she is the largest composite- structured yacht in the world. Her carbon five-spreader rig stands 292 feet high—the tallest mast. Everything about this 740-ton mammoth of the seas is massive—including her charter fee of $250,000 a week. This megayacht, built by VT Shipbuilding in England at a cost of approximately $50 million, was designed by Ron Holland, but she is very much the brain-child of her American owner, Joseph V. Vittoria, formerly CEO of Avis Rent-A-Car System Inc. He already owns two 40-meter yachts, Mirabella and Mirabella III, and was driven to add to this fleet by the strong desire to develop the ultimate in status symbols."
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 (Submitted by Noel Tue Aug 3, 2004 )

  


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