Paul Allen’s Yacht To Include Navy Seals and 10 Man Submarine?

The super-yacht: Octopus

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:

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5 thoughts on “Paul Allen’s Yacht To Include Navy Seals and 10 Man Submarine?”

  1. WTF? What would you do with all that stuff?! I know the guy has a lot of money, but you don’t by a submarine just for kicks…then again, maybe you do, but it seems a bit excessive.

    Maybe it is for corporate spying on China or something…you’d have to be careful about spying on another country though…they don’t take that kindly and might shoot to kill.

  2. I don`t know if I would own a yacht with a submarine myself, but I could imagine the exploration of the wonder, but dangerous world of undersea adventure. The Navy Seals provide security and other expertise, that they were train for in the military. The rest of the crew are chefs mechanics,maintenance personnel, and probably a financial advisor or two. I think that he should enjoy his big toy and not worry what some may think.Ken

  3. I think Allen is preparing for another “Great Deluge” this 2012.. He knows about it. and he knows that the best to survive is to have a submarine.

  4. I think Allen is preparing for another \”Great Deluge\” this 2012.. He knows about it. and he knows that the best way to survive is to have a submarine.

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