Microsoft co-founder's superyacht, with its own submarine dock, sails into Cape Town

2018-09-13 16:10

It would have been hard not to spot one of the largest yachts in the world, which is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as it sailed into the Port of Cape Town on Thursday.

The multimillion-dollar blue and white superyacht, Octopus, will remain at anchor in Table Bay overnight and dock in the V&A Waterfront Harbour on Friday.

The 126m-long vessel departed from Durban on Monday.

It was previously spotted in Cape Town in 2016.

The yacht, which has an internal submarine dock, apparently cost at least $200m to build in 2003.

The vessel can accommodate up to 26 guests in 13 cabins, and boasts a helicopter, swimming pool, dance floor, and even a music recording studio, according to clubyacht.net and yachtcharterfleet.com.

But the luxury yacht is not only used for leisure; it also doubles as a floating research vessel.

On Allen's website, it states that the yacht is home to Pagoo, an eight-person submarine that can dive for up to eight hours.

It also has a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), equipped with an HD video camera to capture underwater footage at depths of up to 3 000m.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s yacht, Octopus,

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s yacht, Octopus, in Table Bay. (Jaco Marais, Netwerk24)

Using the sophisticated ROV, Allen teamed up with marine biologist Hans Fricke to study the coelacanth in deep water in the Comores, according to "The Annotated Old Four Legs" book.

One of the oldest and most endangered species, the coelacanth was thought to have been extinct until it was discovered in 1938 by a South African museum curator on a local fishing trawler.

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