Own Paul Allen’s 414ft Explorer Yacht, Octopus for $325M

Octopus yacht

A renowned world-class cruiser and one of the most well-traveled yachts in the global fleet, the Lürssen 126m (414ft) OCTOPUS is the pinnacle explorer yacht for those seeking a proven ‘go-anywhere, do-anything’ platform for discovery. Encompassing eight decks and an interior volume of 9,932GT, OCTOPUS offers an abundance of features and amenities specially tailored for those looking to explore the globe’s most remote and inaccessible destinations.

With accommodation for up to 26 guests in 13 cabins, and 63 crew across 30 cabins, OCTOPUS has been a trusted, full-capability vehicle for discovery to those on board and has a range of accolades to prove it. Since delivery by Lürssen at HDW Kiel in 2003, she has explored the coast of Antarctica, traversed the Northwest Passage and recovered the ship’s bell from the wreck of HMS Hood at a depth of 2.8km (1.7 miles) for the Royal Navy. Other notable discoveries include the wrecks of the WWII battleships USS Indianapolis and IJN Musashi off the Philippines and the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in the Coral Sea. With diesel-electric propulsion and eight generators for support, she is a pioneering vessel in both exploration and hybrid cruising.

Offering a genuine first-class experience while cruising or at anchor, OCTOPUS has plenty of space for enjoyment and activity on board. With a full owner’s deck including a private bar and Jacuzzi forward and private al fresco dining area aft, this deck provides the owner with a sanctuary of privacy and security. While the yacht has two elevators servicing the guest areas onboard, one is dedicated to the owner’s exclusive use for travel throughout the yacht with discretion and ease.

Octopus submarine
Image credit: Burgess

On the bridge deck below, guests have plenty of room for outdoor entertainment as a generous pool is located aft along with al fresco dining, a bar and pizza oven. Just beneath the bridge deck is a deck dedicated solely to entertainment where guests can enjoy a range of facilities including a spa, library and bar, cinema, gym, multiple lounges including a forward-facing observation area and a basketball court on the deck below. There is also a glass-bottomed observation lounge in the tank deck.

In addition to seven tenders, two life rafts, an ROV capable of diving to 3km (1.9 miles) and several jetskis, OCTOPUS is also capable of housing an SUV and two helicopters in the garage (one each for the fore and aft helipads), and its stern-access dock is home to a 13m (42.6ft) Hinckley Talaria tender and Pagoo, a submarine accommodating eight guests and two crew that can dive for up to eight hours. A dive center and hyperbaric chamber are also on board, along with a beach club with bar on the starboard side.

Autonomous in every respect, the yacht’s hybrid propulsion system gives her a maximum speed of 19kn and a transoceanic range of approximately 12,500nm at her economical speed of 12.5kn.

Well maintained throughout her current ownership, OCTOPUS has undergone an extensive maintenance period every five years, with her most recent refit completed in 2019.

Key features:

• Dedicated owner’s deck with private elevator
• Full deck for entertainment – including cinema, gym, spa, basketball court, observation lounge
• Glass-bottomed underwater observation lounge
• Bridge deck pool and pizza oven
• Storage for eight tenders, two helicopters, two submersibles and a large SUV
• Two helipads
• Dive centre and compression chamber
• Diesel-electric propulsion

Image credit: Burgess

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