79: Lady Sarya

Rinaldo Gastaldi was the naval architect who originally designed this very distinctive yacht in 1972 for American construction magnate William Levitt, of “Levittown” fame. Levitt’s company, Levitt & Sons, created large suburban developments of prefabricated single-family homes, beginning in 1950 on Long Island.
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Lady Sarya (Ex-La Belle Simone, Sarah)

LENGTH: 250ft. 6in. (76.37m)
SHIPYARD: Cantiere Navale Apuania, Italy
YEAR: 1972

Rinaldo Gastaldi was the naval architect who originally designed this very distinctive yacht in 1972 for American construction magnate William Levitt, of “Levittown” fame. Levitt’s company, Levitt & Sons, created large suburban developments of prefabricated single-family homes, beginning in 1950 on Long Island. The Levitt homes were more affordable than many rental apartments and provided the average American family with a white picket fence, green lawn and modern-era kitchen. As such, Levitt may have contributed to that special image of the American dream. Two stacks linked by a wing, make her very easy to identify; however, she is not often seen cruising. A refit by Van Der Giessen in 1974 lengthened the original hull by 36 feet. Twin 2,237 kW MTU diesel engines give her a 21-knot top speed. Her presumed current owner is Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabia’s former oil minister and OPEC founder. Privatsea currently manages the yacht.

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