Why this yacht matters: During Yachting's sea trial, she reached a top speed of 34 knots, a noteworthy speed back then for a semicustom build. At the time, the King of Spain's Fortuna, a triple jet 98-footer, was capable of speeds between 45 and 51 knots, and the Aga Kahn's round-bilge Shergar, also with triple jets, produced a top speed of 45.5 knots. Yet these yachts were viewed as far too exotic to be easily replicated.
From the pages of Yachting**: Out in the Atlantic, acceleration was smooth and fast. John was delighted. The sense of power is incredible; she's a 100-foot speedboat, and can make turns like one. Top speed was registered at a shade over 34 knots. John Staluppi, who had the courage to take the big step against the advice of friends, has already contracted a 125-footer tank-tested to run at 55 knots. — Jack Smith, March 1986