Billionaire's yacht drops by port

Large yacht 'Octopus' in Barbados, December 2, 2006.
Large yacht 'Octopus' in Barbados, December 2, 2006.

A superyacht that could once boast to being the world's largest is expected to dock at Timaru today.

The Octopus, a 127-metre yacht owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, below, is due in port about 6pm and is expected to depart on Monday.

Exactly why the boat is coming to Timaru could not be confirmed yesterday, but it is understood a Timaru port pilot once worked on it.

It was believed to be the largest such yacht built when it was constructed in 2003. It can accommodate up to 26 guests and 57 crew members. It is almost as long as the livestock carrier Dareen that was taking on 7200 cattle in Timaru yesterday.

The Octopus also carries two helicopters, fore and aft, a 20m tender, six smaller boats and two submarines. Its on-board amenities include a swimming pool, basketball court, cinema and recording studio. Built by Lurssen Yachts, the interior was designed by Jonathan Quinn Barnett.

The Octopus, along with several other superyachts, made an appearance for the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Mr Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1975. He left the company in 1983 and is now a well-known philanthropist.

The Timaru Herald