The yacht Tatoosh was built at Nobiskrug for mobile phone magnate Craig McCaw.
Her design and construction was done by Kusch Yachts. Tatoosh was purchased by Paul Allen in 2001 for a reported USD 100 million cost price. Craig McCaw later owned the Feadship White Cloud (which he sold in 2014, she is now named Falcon Lair). Paul Allen also owned the yachts Octopus and Meduse. In 2010 Tatoosh was put for sale through Fraser Yachts for USD 160 million.
Tatoosh is a luxury explorer type yacht, she carries a helicopter, a sail boat and several other boats, tenders and toys. She is pictured here in Antibes, France. The helicopter on deck, with registration N906AF is registered to Vulcan Inc. In 2014 Tatoosh visited Sochi, base of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Paul Allen used his yacht Tatoosh as a luxury base.
In December 2015 she visited Willemstad, Curacao. In January 2016 Tatoosh damaged coral reef near the Cayman Islands. It seems that Tatoosh was moored in the Caymans in a position directed by the local Port Authority, but that strong winds in the area pushed it closer to a marine reserve area. Tatoosh' anchor damaged an area of around 13,000 square feet of coral reef habitat. The Department of Environment is still investigating the circumstances of the incident and is working on a full damage assessment report. Paul Allen has a long history of responsible exploration and a commitment to ocean conservation. Read this statement by Paul Allen's company Vulcan.
The yacht Tatoosh is not available for charter
Who was Paul Allen? He was one of the richest people 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 included 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).
At the time of his death his net worth is estimated at USD 20 billion. Paul Allen was the investor behind SpaceShipOne. In 2011 he was ranked the most generous living American by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, following donations of USD 372 million.
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