Octopus – Lurssen – 2003 – Paul Allen

Length:126 m (414 ft)
Guests:26 in 13 cabins
Crew:57 in 28 cabins
Designer:Espen Oeino
Interior Designer:Jonathan Quinn Barnett
Speed:20 knots
Engines:Mercedes Diesel
Volume:9,932 ton
Price:US$ 325 million
Annual Running Cost:US$ 20-35 million
Owner:Paul Allen

Motor Yacht Octopus

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M/Y Octopus

Luxury yacht Octopus is one of the world’s largest yachts. She is built by Lurssen Yachts. She was owned by the billionaire Microsoft cofounder.

Two Helicopters and a Submarine

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 two helicopters on the Octopus bear the registration numbers N904AF and N76AF. The first one is an MD900 and the second a Sikorsky S-76C.

Update: The helis have been replaced by two Airbus H145 helicopters, with registration N745AF and N746AF.

A Music Recording Studio

The yacht has a music recording studio on the bridge deck.  Allen owned the guitar Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock. Allen played guitar as well.

Other features include an observation lounge, a cinema, a juice bar near a gym. There is a hair salon and a medical center.

Yacht Octopus Interior

The owner has a 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 there are two additional staff/doctors’ cabins.

On this page, you will find exclusive interior photos of Octopus.

The exterior was designed by Espen Øino Naval Architects. The interior was designed by American designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle.

Allen also owns the yacht Tatoosh and the Feadship Meduse.

In January 2016 Tatoosh was involved in an accident. Her anchor chain damaged a coral reef in the Cayman Islands.

Bill Gates 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. In the winter season, 2013/2014 Octopus went to Hamburg, Germany for a refit.


The yacht’s owner is the Estate of Paul Allen.

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Octopus – Interior

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Cannes Film Festival

Every year in May, Allen hosts a themed party during the Cannes Film Festival. In May 2014 Paul hosted a party on board Octopus. That was during the Cannes International Film Festival.

Guests included Dolph Lungren, Sharon Stone and Entourage star Adrian Grenier. In 2015 the theme was Bollywood, in 2016 the theme was Shakespeare. Guests included Mick Jagger, Mischa Barton, and Chloe Sevigny.


Octopus is a member of Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER). It is 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 Gardner Allen has located the Musashi. Musashi was one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced battleships.

The ship was sunk during World War II. Despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the ship was unknown.

Using historical records from four different countries. And 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 Gardner Allen’s personal website. In July 2015 Octopus was in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Yacht Charter

The boat is not available for yacht charter.

Octopus listed for Sale

In September 2019 Octopus was listed for sale. Her asking price is US$ 295 million.

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