We like to joke about winning the lottery here at ESM, but what do you do when you’re actually worth 10+ billion dollars? Easy- you commission mega-yachts that would make Ernst Stavro Blofeld green with envy.
In the case of Paul Allen, his THIRD mega-yacht is outfitted with the following:
- Space for two (!) Helicopters
- Full-size swimming pool
- 10-man submarine (that can sleep eight)
- 63-foot tender
- A second, remote-control submarine
- Movie Theater
- Disco/Party Room
- Full-length Basketball court
- Recording Studio
- Side hatches for additional boats (up to seven) and jet skis
- Room to sleep up to 32 guests (in addition to the 50-60 crew members)
..And that’s just what is publicly known about this masterpiece. Delivered in 2003, the 414-foot Octopus was built by German Shipbuilders Lürssen and features an interior designed by Jonathan Quinn Barnett. Allen went another set further and employs ex-Navy Seals for his crew– just in case you were thinking about crashing one his parties during the Cannes film festival. Probably not a good idea.
Since it’s inception there have been a number of larger yachts built (Eclipse, owned by Roman Abramovich is around 538 feet) but most feature the a typical plain-white exterior (yawn) and lack the je ne sais quoi of Octopus, with detail and style being the two key factors that set it apart. It’s not just a large yacht, it’s a big girl with class. And a submarine.
Well done, Mr. Allen. If you ever dock it in an L.A. Marina I’m sure a few of us would be happy to watch over her for you (we promise not to scratch it).