America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2005 Page 3

America’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2005

By Diane M. Byrne


Photo: Chris Suffeleers

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• Intro
• 1. Rising Sun
• 2. Octopus
• 3. Limitless
• 4. Tatoosh
• 5. Bart Roberts
• 6-25
• 26-45
• 46-65
• 66-85
• 86-100
• Yacht Spotter

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2. OCTOPUS - 414'0"
The more we learn about Paul Allen, the more we’re convinced that he’s a frustrated rock star. The cofounder of Microsoft not only funded the Experience Music Project, a Seattle-based museum dedicated to music, but also had a music studio created onboard his yacht. Add to that the fact that he has a band—in fact, during a party held on Octopus during the Cannes Film Festival in May, Allen and his fellow musicians rocked out with Dave Stewart, best known as a member of the British group The Eurythmics. As if that weren’t enough, in August U2 front man Bono was photographed onboard in St. Tropez, France. (And to think that we had to cough up a hundred bucks to see the Irish rock group from nosebleed seats in New York City.) Maybe Allen’s also a frustrated athlete. After all, he owns two professional teams and has a basketball court on Octopus’ aft deck. (We’ll leave it to you to decide whether Allen or Larry Ellison came up with the idea first.) Regardless, the one thing we arecertain about is the fact that this expedition-like yacht continues to attract more interest than any other boat that we’ve tracked in our 20-year history. The minutiae of her features are discussed endlessly by dockwalkers and yacht-watchers alike, ranging from why tenders such as a remote-operated vehicle were relocated from a lower deck to a higher deck several months ago and even to the meaning of the letters J and B seen on a glass partition in an alfresco bar.
Y: 2003; B: Lürssen, Germany; N: Espen Øino Naval Architects; H: Steel; E: MTUs (hp unknown)

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This article originally appeared in the November 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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