Commissioned by businessman Paul Allen, who in partnership with Bill Gates founded Microsoft and passed away of lymphoma in 2018, Octopus is one of the largest private yachts in the world, measuring an impressive 414 feet. Finished in 2003, it has eight large decks, can accommodate up to 26 people in 13 cabins and up to 60 members of the crew.
The boat is packed with luxury amenities like helipad and two helicopter hangar, movie theater, basketball court, beach club, jacuzzi, large pool, library, gym, upscale pizza oven kitchen, an onboard recording studio - where The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has recorded songs - and a glass-bottomed observation room where guests can enjoy the water wonders.
If you prefer to see marine life up close, there is equipment available at the boat's dive center and even a 10-seater submarine called Pagoo to use for underwater explorations. The vessel has an impressive range of 12,500 nautical miles when sailing at 12 knots and can mark 19 knots when crossing the sea at full speed. Allen, who was an avid ocean explorer, took advantage of the ship's cruising capabilities and carried it to the far corners of the globe.
Octopus needs about $ 17 million a year for maintenance, staff, and other expenses, which was not a big deal for its former owner, who had a net worth of $ 20 billion. The ship is currently on its way to the Monaco Yacht Show, where it will be available for viewing by appointment only.