Sunday, August 7, 2011

1960s Yacht "Al Diriyah" at No.66

This 1960s MegaYacht Al Diriyah built by National Bulk Carriers in Kure, Japan has been spotted in the Med in Valencia Spain. She is currently ranked at No. 66 in the largest privately owned yachts in the world measuring in at a length of 258ft.

Al Diriyah was built for an American shipping magnet Danial K. Ludwig under the of Danginn. Since then she has bee sold a number of 4 times. first she was sold to Charles Revson of Revion cosmetics, who changed her name to Ultima II. Next she was sold to a European banker who changed the name to Serendipity, then the yacht was brought by the Saudi billionaire Nasser Al-Rashid who changed her name again to Massarrah. Finally her current owner is Sheik Ahmed Yamani.
She can accommodate up to 16 guests and a total of 34 crew and with a top speed of 15kts and a cruising speed of 13kts gives a range of 5500nm. The yacht is currently flies the flag of Saudi Arabia and is registered in Jeddah.
This is an old style yacht and her lines are very distinctive of the 60s and 70s period. This yacht unlike the more modern MegaYachts will find it hard to turn peoples heads for its great looks, but only for its sheer length. She might appeal to some tastes but she is in need of a refit to update her for this modern world. Keep a look out for Al Diriyah in the Med and follow her route.

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