Currently holding the prestigious title of being the world's seventh largest yacht, the Octopus has been the ultimate symbol of untold luxury for a long time. The proud owner of this grand ship is none other than the co-founder of Microsoft, another world best. Measuring a massive 414 feet, this is the second super ship that is not owned by the head of a state. It was delivered to Paul Allen in 2003 and had been the world's largest privately owned yacht for five years when the title was taken away from it by other modern ships. The exterior of the boat is designed by the world famous company Espen Oino Naval Architects, and it was Lürssen in Bremen and HDW in Kiel who are German shipbuilders, who made the exterior. The interiors have been done by the Seattle based interior designers Jonathan Quinn Barnett and Christian Grevstad. He also provided the yacht with all the required furnishings, lightings, fixtures and other accessories. It seems that all the people who are associated with the Octopus are world famous in their respective fields. Some people say that the maintenance charges that are required to keep in the boat in good working condition and pay the crew salaries, it requires about ten percent of the initial cost of the boat. By this estimate, the boat, which is priced at a whopping 200 million dollars, would require about 20 million in maintenance itself. That is more that the salary of more than forty percent Americans!
The total list of the features that the ship can boast of is actually phenomenal and would require more pages than in this article. However, a brief summary of the highlights can be provided and even visualized by the reader. The ship has two helicopters. One is a small scouting helicopter while the other can be used as an additional transport vehicle. The size of this additional chopper is huge in itself. In addition to this, there is a fully functional submarine also attached to the liner which is capable of spending more than two weeks underwater with a crew of about eight people. This is together with the seven additional boats that are present to serve as life boats or other maritime activities. A unique feature that is present is the ocean crawling device which is remote controlled. Along with this, there are several provisions for absolute entertainment aboard the ship such a music hall and movie theatre. There is a full time staff of almost sixty on the ship many of whom are actually Navy Seals.
It seems that Mr. Allen wanted to take with him a whole city block when we went out on vacation. Other than this, he owns two other monster ships which have a similar size, or perhaps a little less. They go by the name of Medusa and Tatoosh. However, the Octopus yacht is indeed a boat of riches, personifying total luxury and endless wealth.
David Web is a boat enthusiast and has been writing many boat related articles to help other boat owners to save money by avoiding costly mistakes.
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