Former Navy SEALs as crewmembers? A garageful of luxury cars? Who knows whether these "facts,' reported and repeated seemingly every month by multiple media sources worldwide, are true of this yacht. It's as if she’s considered a superhero rather than a superyacht. The truth is, while we have yet to see evidence that she's able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, we do know she's able to cruise from Hong Kong to Australia and then South Africa in a single summer, since the ever-eagle-eyed yacht spotters on our Megayachts forum have been keeping track of her. What else is true? Octopus is massive. Monstrous, even. This quote from Britain’s Telegraph newspaper puts her into perspective: "'Octopus is so big,' says one man who has spent time on her, 'that when [owner Paul] Allen's helicopter sets down—and it is a big helicopter, a proper six-seater—it looks like a fly on a buffalo's backside.'"
Y: 2003; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: Espen ino Naval Architects; H: steel; E: 8/2,400-hp NO Mercedes Benzes
DID YOU KNOW...
—On a full tank of fuel (224,400 gallons), Octopus sees a range of 8,000 NM, which is 800 more than a fully fueled (57,000-gallon) Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
—Her maximum range is about the same distance as New York City to Whenuapi, New Zealand, as the crow flies.
—Of course, the fill-up cost for Octopus is considerable. Based on the $3.50 per-gallon average price for diesel at presstime, it comes in at $785,400. (I hope they take credit cards.)
—422,303 equals the number of yacht spotters who have looked up Octopus on PMY's Megayachts forum as of presstime, with 1,813 posts made about this stunning vessel, making her the most popular topic by far.
—20,000 Leagues Under the Sea author Jules Verne is an inductee in Allen's Science Fiction Hall of Fame and Museum (Allen is a huge science fiction fan). What do they have in common? Well, giant octopi, of course.—Capt. Patrick Sciacca
This article originally appeared in the November 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.