Broker Insight: On Board Heesen Superyacht Octopussy

23 May 2020

Octopussy was designed and built to establish a new speed record, which she did in 1988, by reaching 53.17 knots. In doing so, she put on the world map a little-known Dutch yard whose owner was not afraid to tackle what seemed impossible at the time. The dream team included American owner John Staluppi, the late designer Gerhard Gilgenast, naval architect Frank Mulder and Frans Heesen. She has undergone several refits during her 32 years, including an extension and restyling, and a multi-million transformation in 2015 has given her a whole new chic. And now she is back on the market with an asking price of $3,995,000. Chris Callahan of Moran Yacht & Ship is the listing broker and shares some of the key features.

What makes Octopussy stand out?

She is an industry icon. Heesen Yachts recently released a documentary about her (“The Yacht That Could Not Be Built”) and it is very interesting to hear that history. It is amazing what she has done for Heesen and the yachting industry in general. On a personal level, I have followed the boat for quite a while. She used to be docked in Manalapan, Florida and I would frequently pass by her on my way up to visit friends there. I always had an appreciation for her, and it was very serendipitous when, years later, I had the opportunity to meet her owners and list her for sale.

How many can Octopussy accommodate?

She has room for 12. She has five cabins, a master cabin on the main deck and four guest cabins below. Two of the twin cabins have pullman beds. What surprises a lot of people who come aboard, is how spacious the cabins are for her size. She is a very comfortable boat for guests.

What's your favourite onboard feature?

I really like the dining room. On the aft main deck of the boat, the doors open nearly 270 degrees and create an incredible al-fresco dining area. You can close them for an indoor dinner or open them and allow the breeze to flow through. She’s a great yacht for entertaining.

What recent work or refit has the boat had?

In 2015, her owners redid a lot of the interior with New York designer Jeff Lincoln and added a Jacuzzi deck/observation deck. It was a really nice addition to the boat and certainly contributes to her charter appeal. In 2018 and 2019, work was done on the electric system and switchboards, among other technical work. A lot of money has gone into the boat since. Everything that needed repair was repaired or replaced. The boat is in very good condition. As far as equipment, she is pretty much new.

What type of owner would Octopussy suit?

I think she’d be great for a younger American family who can appreciate the combination of speed and “New York chic” style.

Is Octopussy suited for charter?

She is a great charter platform and I could not think of a better Bahamas boat. She has a shallow draft, so you can go right up to beach. With her speed, you can cover a lot of ground island hopping, getting there and back quickly.

Has the yacht done any interesting trips?

Surveyor Baron Rohl, who was her build captain, crossed the Atlantic on the boat when she was launched and owned by John Staluppi. Back then she was transatlantic.

Where is she located?

She is currently located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Octopussy is asking $3,995,000 with Moran Yacht & Ship.