In 2003, Paul Allen launched his new 127m (415ft) super-yacht “Octopus”. At the time it held the top position as the world’s largest yacht.
Let me give you and idea of how large this thing is – Octopus cost over US$200 million and has a permanent crew of 60, including several former Navy Seals. It has:
- 2-3 helicopters
- seven boats
- a 10 man submarine
- and a remote controlled vehicle for crawling on the Ocean floor.
BTW, the submarine has the capacity to sleep eight for up to two weeks underwater. I’m finding conflicting information on the net as to whether the sub was actually delivered per plans or not. Let’s assume it is in order to make the extravagance just that much cooler.
On average, owners must spend a minimum of 10 percent of the purchase price every year to keep these yachts in good working condition and cover crew salaries. Therefore ‘Octopus’ which cost Allen US$200 million requires a US$20 million annual budget.
Now here’s a question for you dear geeks. What activities can we envision Mr. Allen partaking in with this yacht that requires Navy Seals and a mini-sub that can remain submerged for such a long period of time? Oh, I can name a few off the top of my head but I’d like to hear your theories.
More information on this yacht can be found at these references: