Lady Sarya (Ex-La Belle Simone, Sarah)
LENGTH: 250ft. 6in. (76.37m)
SHIPYARD: Cantiere Navale Apuania, Italy
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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