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Top 20 largest Explorer Yachts

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Octopus expedition yacht
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Octopus | 126.18m (414')

built in 2003, Germany

Octopus is the largest explorer yacht in the world and the most recently built yacht of Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft.

Octopus has the capacity for two helicopters at the same time, with landing pads on the aft deck and foredeck. The helipad on the aft deck also has a hangar to store the helicopter away in big seas.

She also has an internal dock, which is perfect for storing the toys that every explorer yacht should have. When the dock is filled with water a 20 metre submarine and a tender of similar size are able to float in and out of their chocks. Once they are secure the water is pumped out before the yacht gets underway.

Paul Allen and the crew of Octopus have been using the yacht as part of an eight year search for a sunken ship. In 2015 they finally discovered the long-lost wreck of Japanese ship Musashi, which sunk during the Second World War.

Builder / naval architecture:Lürssen
Exterior styling:Espen Øino
Interior design:Jonathan Quinn Barnett/Sam Sorgiovanni

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