Living: High Life Afloat: Superduper Yachts

Seeking privacy and luxury, multimillionaires queue up for jumbo boats

When Johnny Carson sought to escape gawkers and paparazzi on his fourth honeymoon, he and his new bride, Alexis Maas, chose to cruise the Mediterranean by chartering the regal Parts V, a $6.5 million, 147-ft. world- class motor yacht. When renowned Manhattan Jeweler Harry Winston wanted to lay some choice diamonds before J. Paul Getty Jr. and Henry Ford II down in Palm Beach, Fla., he decided to rent the Atlantique as a 131-ft. floating showcase. And when Magazine Mogul Malcolm Forbes wants to mix celebrities like Barbara Walters and Henry Kissinger with advertising tycoons, he lures them with the offer...