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
Builder: Lürssen
Yard number: 13622
Completed: 2003
General characteristics
Class & 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.[2][broken citation][not in citation given] 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.[citation needed]


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

Octopus sports two helicopters[2] on the top deck (one in front and one on the back), 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 2005 and refitted in 2008. She is owned by Paul Allen, who also owns Tatoosh, another of the world's 100 largest yachts.

On 31 January 2011, one of the helicopters on the yacht had to perform an emergency landing on the water just after it took off from the yacht whilst sailing in Ushuaia, Argentina. According to an Argentine Coast Guard officer, no casualties were reported and the aircraft had not leaked oil into the sea.[3]



  1. ^ "Octopus Yacht Specification". Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "The Wild World of Paul Allen". Daily News. 5 February 2006. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "El helicóptero de uno de los fundadores de Microsoft debió acuatizar en Ushuaia". Clarín (in Spanish). 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 


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