Ilona (Ex-Ilona IV)
LENGTH: 241ft. 9in. (73.69m)
SHIPYARD: Amels, Holland
Ilona is a well-traveled yacht, extensively photographed from Europe to the Far East, which is not surprising as her owner is an experienced yachtsman. Amels won a bid to build the Australian owner’s new yacht and the shipyard worked closely with project manager Captain Elworth to provide custom features such as a helipad that converts to a hangar. Redman Whiteley Dixon designed the yacht, which includes innovations such as on-board helicopter refueling and a four-fin stabilization system. DB Fletcher Furniture created the expandable capstan table that accommodates up to 14 diners. The transatlantic yacht is powered by twin 2,500hp Caterpillars and cruises at 16 knots. Ilona’s owner, Frank Lowy, made his fortune in shopping malls after immigrating to Australia with nothing but a suitcase in the early 1950s and in 2012 his net worth is estimated at 4.4 billion. In 2003 he set up the Lowy Institute for International Policy, an Australia-based think tank, and in 2007 received the Henni Friedlander Award for the Common Good at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. As chairman of Football Federation Australia, he actively supported Australia’s bid to host the World Cup in 2018.
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