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“Octopus” is Coming to Charter

The yacht, originally built for Microsoft co-owner Paul Allen, is going to charter for the first time.

August 31, 2021
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413-foot Lürssen Yacht
The 413-foot Lürssen Octopus has a 12,500-NM range and will start a two-year, around-the-world cruise starting in 2022. Courtesy Camper and Nicholsons

Camper & Nicholsons International says the 413-foot Lürssen Octopus —originally built for Microsoft co-owner Paul Allen—has been sold to a new owner and will enter charter for the first time after the current shipyard period.

Octopus was delivered in 2013 and has been one of the most recognizable yachts to circle the globe ever since. She has often been described as the first true ocean explorer yacht, with a range of 12,500 nautical miles and exterior design by Espen Øino.

When Allen owned her, Octopus reportedly carried two helicopters that were stored in a hangar, a 42-foot Hinckley tender, and a submarine that could hold eight guests and two crew. The yacht also reportedly had a full scuba center with a hyperbaric chamber, a swimming pool, and multiple dining and sunbathing spots.

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The new owner is planning a two-year, round-the-world cruise beginning in January 2022. Charter bookings will be available along the way in multiple destinations.

What will the lowest weekly base rate be to charter Octopus? That figure has not been revealed, but expect it to be substantial. The yacht’s asking price for sale has ranged from $278 million to $325 million.

Stay tuned for more details: look for the charter listing to appear soon at camperandnicholsons.com

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