Tatoosh (yacht)

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In the harbour of La Rochelle
Port of registry Cayman Islands
CompletedJune 2000
General characteristics
Tonnage3,229 GT
Displacement2300 tonnes
Length92.40 m (303.1 ft)
Beam14.90 m (48.9 ft)
Draft4.30 m (14.1 ft)
Installed power2 × 4,400 hp (3,300 kW)
Speed19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Range5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi)

Tatoosh is a 303-foot (92 m) private yacht owned by the estate of Paul Allen.

She is currently[when?] the world's 60th largest superyacht.[1]


Originally built for mobile phone magnate Craig McCaw, Tatoosh was built at Rendsburg in Germany by Nobiskrug and completed in June 2000.[2] Design and Construction by Kusch Yachts.[3] It was purchased by Paul Allen in 2001 at a reported cost of $100 million.[4]

Docked at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

Tatoosh was hired for £400,000 by Teodorín Nguema Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinean president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for a Christmas cruise when he entertained rap singer Eve.[5]

In May 2010, Tatoosh was listed for sale with Fraser Yachts,[6] listed at €125 million.[7] The listing was withdrawn in 2014 after failing to attract a buyer.[citation needed] In June 2021, she was again on the market, this time listed at €90 million.[8]

In January 2016, Tatoosh destroyed 14,000 square feet of coral reef in the West Bay replenishment zone in the Cayman Islands according to officials.[9] The owners of the Tatoosh released a statement that the mooring location was explicitly directed by the local port authority.[10]


Tatoosh's features include:

  • Five decks;
  • a master suite, a saloon and other rooms on the top deck;
  • a saloon with a French limestone fireplace, a dining area, staterooms and a ladies' powder room on the main deck;
  • a shaded 6 feet (1.8 m) deep swimming pool with adjustable floor in depth, located aft on the main deck beneath a full overhang;[11]
  • a movie theatre;
  • facilities to transport two helicopters on the top two decks;
  • custom 46 feet (14 m) power and sailboats
  • beach club with dive center
In the harbour of Valletta, Malta


  1. ^ "The Register".
  2. ^ "Gallery Superyacht Tatoosh". Nobiskrug. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
  3. ^ "M.Y. Tatoosh". Kusch Yachts. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  4. ^ "McCaw selling houses, planes and boats in downsizing effort". Puget Sound Business Journal. Seattle. 28 September 2001.
  5. ^ Johnson, RW (3 September 2006). "Playboy waits for his African throne". The Sunday Times. London. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Tatoosh". Fraser Yachts. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  7. ^ de Waard, Merijn (5 May 2010). "Superyacht Tatoosh for sale with Fraser Yachts". Superyacht Times.
  8. ^ "Tatoosh". Yatco. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  9. ^ Oliver Milman (28 January 2016). "Microsoft co-founder's yacht tears up protected coral reef in Cayman Islands". Guardian News.
  10. ^ Alexander Smith and Shamar Walters (29 January 2016). "Paul Allen's Firm Working With Caymans Amid Reports Yacht Damaged Reef". NBC News.
  11. ^ Byrne, Diane M. (January 2003). "America's 200 Largest Yachts 2002". Power & Motoryacht.