Octopus (yacht)

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This article is about the motor yacht Octopus. For other uses, see Octopus.
Octopus in Antibes, July 21, 2009
Owner: Paul Allen
Port of registry:  Cayman Islands
Builder: Lürssen
Yard number: 13622
Completed: 2003
General characteristics
Class and type: LR
Type: Motor Yacht
Displacement: TBC tonnes
Length: 126.20 m (414.0 ft)
Beam: 21.00 m (68.90 ft)
Draft: 5.66 m (18.6 ft)
Installed power: 8 diesel engines
total 19,200 hp (14,300 kW)
Propulsion: 2 propellers
Speed: max: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
cruise: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Capacity: 26 guests
Crew: 57
Notes: source used "Superyachts.com" website,[1] unless cited otherwise.

Octopus is a 414 foot (126 m) megayacht owned by Paul Allen, of Microsoft. Bought in 2003, for a price of $200 million, she was believed to be the biggest such yacht at the time of her construction. She is currently the world's 15th largest superyacht, the fifth largest superyacht not owned by a head of state, and the largest expedition yacht.[2]


Octopus in Barbados, December 2, 2006
Octopus in Antibes Port Vauban, in 2009

Octopus sports two helicopter[3] pads on the top deck, a twin pad and hangars at the stern and a single pad on the bow; and a 63-foot (19 m) tender docked in the transom. There are a total of seven tenders aboard. The yacht also has a pool, located aft on one of her upper decks[citation needed], and two submarines (one of them operated by remote control for studying the bottom of the ocean).[citation needed] Side hatches at the water line form a dock for jet skis.

The exterior was designed by Espen Øino Naval Architects and built by the German shipbuilders Lürssen in Bremen and HDW[citation needed] in Kiel. The interior was by designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle.


Some of Octopus main features are:

  • an owner-exclusive deck (includes walk-in closet, study, outside bar with whirlpool)
  • a glass bottom swimming pool
  • a cinema
  • a music recording studio
  • a hangar for two helicopters
  • a 10-person submarine


Octopus was built in 2003 and refitted in 2008. She is owned by Paul Allen, who also owns Tatoosh, another of the world's 100 largest yachts.

Allen has loaned Octopus, which is equipped with a submarine and ROV, for a variety of rescue and research operations, notably assisting in a hunt for an American pilot and two officers whose plane disappeared off Palau, and loaning his yacht to scientists to study a rare fish called a coelacanth.

In 2012, he loaned the ship to the Royal Navy in their attempt to retrieve the bell from HMS Hood, which sank in the Denmark Strait during World War II, as a national memorial. In March 2015, an Allen-led research team announced that it had found the Japanese battleship Musashi in the Sibuyan Sea off the coast of the Philippines. Armed with 46cm (18.1 inch) main guns and displacing 72,800 tonnes (74,000 tons) at full load, Musashi and her sister ship Yamato were the largest and most heavily-armed battleships in naval history.



  1. ^ "Octopus Yacht Specification". Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.boatinternational.com/yachts/the-register/top-20-expedition-yachts/
  3. ^ "The Wild World of Paul Allen". Daily News. 5 February 2006. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 


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