Paul Allen superyacht Octopus finally sells after being listed for nearly $300M

Seattle may have landed the Kraken, but someone else is taking over the Octopus.

The 414-foot superyacht that once belonged to Paul Allen, the late Microsoft co-founder and billionaire, has been sold to an unnamed buyer for an undisclosed price, according to a report this week in Superyacht Times. Octopus was listed in 2019 for $325 million almost a year after Allen died at age 65. The price dropped at some point to $278 million, Bloomberg reported.

Bloomberg reported that Burgess, a broker that marketed the vessel along with Fraser Yachts, confirmed the sale. The new owner intends to make Octopus available for hire starting next year through yacht firm Camper & Nicholsons, according to the SuperYacht Times.

We’re pretty sure Jeff Bezos isn’t the buyer, as he’s reportedly building his own 417-foot-long, triple-masted craft.

Allen took delivery of the German-built Octopus in 2003 and over the years was known to use it for everything from A-list parties to marine research expeditions.

He once said of his fleet of yachts: “They’re too big, and there are too many of them.” But in his 2011 memoir “Idea Man,” as pointed out by Bloomberg, Allen was certainly wowed the first time he stepped on the bridge.

“I felt as though I was on a spaceship,” he wrote, adding that with features including a pool, basketball court, movie theater, a recording studio with ocean views, “all my passions come together in one movable feast.”

A view of one helipad on Octopus. (Burgess Photo)

Superyacht Times called Octopus a “true ocean explorer” with a 12,500 nautical miles range, and said to this day it is considered the world’s largest explorer superyacht.

See also  A Bezos too far? Dutch city will dismantle historic bridge to make way for Amazon founder’s big yacht

Among Octopus’s selling points:

  • Eight decks including a dedicated owner’s deck with private elevator.
  • Full deck for entertainment — including cinema, gym, spa, observation lounge and basketball court on the deck below.
  • Glass-bottomed underwater observation lounge.
  • Bridge deck pool and pizza oven.
  • Storage for seven tenders, two helicopters, two submersibles and a large SUV.
  • Two helipads.
  • Dive center and hyperbaric chamber.
(Burgess Photo)

Allen’s research team used Octopus in 2015 to help recover the bell from the British battleship HMS Hood in the North Atlantic. The team also found the wreckage of Musashi, one of the world’s largest battleships, off the coast of the Philippines in 2015. Allen was also onboard Octopus back in 2012 when film director James Cameron made his successful dive to the bottom of the 7-mile-deep Mariana Trench.

The onboard submarine Pagoo accommodates eight guests and two crew and can dive for up to eight hours. It took Allen’s love of ocean exploration to new depths, according to Robert Kraft, director of Subsea Operations at Allen’s Vulcan Inc.

“It turns out if you go 1,000 feet down in the ocean, it’s really dark, and the animals are really strange,” Allen said in 2011. “But if you put on some Pink Floyd, it’s fantastic.”

The Octopus was also known as a primo party boat that made regular stops at the Cannes Film Festival in France. In 2016, Allen’s bash had a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” theme, and the guests reportedly included Mick Jagger, Chloe Sevigny and Mischa Barton. Allen himself got out his guitar to play a Led Zeppelin tune for the guests.

Hi, I'm Vikky Penn, currently working on msiu.info. This is my personal Blog, where I will share the tips and knowledge that I have learned. If you have any questions, please contact me at Email: [email protected]! Thank you !

Related Posts

‘We have Leonardos among us’: DaVinci exhibit shows Seattle region’s spirit of innovation

The DaVinci’s Inventions exhibit opens at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle on Saturday. (GeekWire Photos / Laurel Deppen) An international exhibit showcasing newly-built works…

Real estate riches: Paul Allen’s Hawaii estate sells for $43M; Oprah home gets $14M on Orcas Island

Paul Allen at the University of Washington in 2017. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) High-priced real estate with Northwest connections has changed hands for top dollar…

Seattle Thunderbolts take cricket to the next level as tech backers follow dream to grow sport in U.S.

The Seattle Thunderbolts pose for a photo after receiving new jerseys. (Seattle Thunderbolts Photo) Cricket fans in the Seattle area now have a team to get behind…

Melinda French Gates cheers on future son-in-law at Olympics as he competes in equestrian for Egypt

Nayel Nassar and Jennifer Gates, oldest daughter of Bill and Melinda French Gates. (Instagram Photo via @nayelnassar) Melinda French Gates is paying special attention to the Tokyo…

Extra high tech in Seattle: Photos show worker at tip of Space Needle spire installing new PanoCam

A worker is visible atop the Space Needle spire with the Seattle skyline as a backdrop. (Space Needle Photo) There’s Seattle tech, and then there’s Seattle high…

Report: Amazon is namely to blame as parents stop naming kids Alexa

An Alexa-enabled Echo smart speaker. (Amazon Photo) “Alexa, STOP!” How many times have you shouted that after unintentionally waking a voice-enabled Amazon device? Now imagine being the…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.