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SuperYacht Octopus

The impressive super yacht Octopus is owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen. Superyacht Octopus is one of the world's largest yachts. Octopus has a large helicopter hangar on the main deck, giving shelter to two helicopters. The yacht has a large glass bottom pool and a 10 person submarine. The submarine and the main tender (named Man of War) float into the yacht through a large hatch. The yacht has a music recording studio on the bridge deck. Other features include an observation lounge, a cinema, a juice bar near a gym, a salon and a medical centre. The owner has his dedicated deck, with a large study, a walk-in closet and an outside bar with whirlpool. There is a large VIP cabin, 4 guest cabins, a children's cabin and two additional staff/doctors cabins.  The exterior was designed by Espen Øino Naval Architects. The interior was designed by American designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle (www.jqbltd.com). Paul Allen also owns Tatoosh and the Feadship Meduse. The two helicopters on the yacht bare the registration numbers N904AF and N76AF. The first one is a  MD900 and the second a Sikorsky S-76C. On this page you will find exclusive interior photos of Octopus. Motor yacht Octopus is often referred to as the Bill Gates yacht, however Bill Gates is not the owner of the yacht Octopus. As far as superyachtfan knows Bill Gates does not own a yacht. Bill Gates is however often seen on yachts of his friends and business partners. Bill Gates’ honeymoon (1994) was on Paul Allen’s motor yacht Charade. In the winter season 2013/2014 Octopus went to Hamburg, Germany for a refit. In May 2014 Paul hosted a party on board Octopus during the Cannes International Film Festival. Guests included Dolph Lungren, Sharon Stone and Entourage star Adrian Grenier.  Octopus is a member of Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER), a voluntary group ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange quick and easy assistance for anyone in distress at sea. Octopus has assisted on several occasions in recent years, including an air and sea search in the waters of Palau looking for missing police officers and their pilot. In March 2015 A research team led by Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced battleships. The ship was sunk during World War II and, despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the ship was unknown. Using historical records from four different countries, detailed topographical data and advanced technology aboard his yacht, M/Y Octopus, Mr. Allen and his team discovered the wreckage in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines on March 1, 2015. Read more at Paul Allen’s personal website.




Paul Allen

Billionaire Paul Allen (1953) is one of the wealthiest yacht owners in the world. He founded Microsoft together with Bill Gates in 1975. He has his own private asset management company named Vulcan Inc. His investments include real estate, technology, media, and content companies. Allen also owns three sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), and the Seattle Sounders FC franchise (MLS). His net worth is estimated at US$ 17.6 billion. Paul Allen was the investor behind SpaceShipOne. In 2011 Allen was ranked the most generous living American by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, following donations of USD 372 million. In 1988 Paul and his sister Jody Allen founded the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The foundation focuses on the US Pacific North West region, and has donated close to US$ 500 million.  In total Allen has donated more than US$ 2 billion to good causes. In 1998 Paul Allen founded the Flying Heritage Collection, a collection of rare WorldWar II aircraft. The collection opened to the public in 2004. In December 2013 Paul sold his Washington based private island, named Allen Island - named after a Navy hero. Paul Allen  has donated USD 100 million for prevention of the Ebola Crisis.

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SuperYacht Octopus, Paul Allen. Photo by HestonBerkman

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Crew cleaning the funnel

Octopus and tender

With her tender Man of War

Helicopters on Octopus

Two helicopters on the yacht with registration N904AF and N76AF

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She features a recording studio, a cinema, a juice bar and a medical room

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Photo by Ship Dreams

Paul Allen submarine

The submarine in its float-in hangar

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helicopter hangar on board the yacht

Helicopter hangar

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Man of War inside

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