Superyacht cruises back into port

Last updated 05:00 18/02/2013
Octopus superyacht

Billionaire Paul Allen’s 127-metre superyacht, the Octopus

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The superyacht Octopus, owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, returned to Timaru yesterday and is expected to remain in port until midday tomorrow.

The Octopus, a 127-metre yacht that could boast of being the world's largest when it was built in 2003, first arrived at Timaru on February 1 and remained in port for several days.

The reason for the vessel's visits to Timaru is not clear, but a Timaru port pilot confirmed that he had once worked on the vessel and had signed a 10-year nondisclosure agreement that prevented him from speaking with media about the experience.

The Octopus can accommodate up to 26 guests and 57 crew members. It also carries two helicopters, 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.

Mr Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975.

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- The Timaru Herald


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