Sunday, October 02, 2005

Paul Allen's Octopus in Maldives

Billionaire Paul Allen (Microsoft's co founder) owns the world's largest yacht (it's more like a cruise liner) and cost a whopping $200 million. I was told by a friend last week that it's here in Maldives. Today I saw it near male' just off feydhoo finolhu. hmmmmm! Software surely pays off.

Anyway here is some info about the Octopus
Octopus cost Allen over US$200 million and has Permanent crew of 60, including several former Navy Seals.It has two helicopters, seven boats, a 10 man submarine and a remote controlled vehicle for crawling on the Ocean floor. The submarine has the capacity to sleep eight for up to two weeks underwater.

On average, owners must spend a minimum of 10 percent of the purchase price every year to keep these yachts in good working condition and cover crew salaries. Therefore “Octopus” which cost Allen US$200 million requires a US$20 million annual budget.

1 comment:

Squid said...

Yeah, MY Octopus is the largest of them all..

the rover can go as deep as 2500 ft beneath the surface and also the submarine, for which 8 poeple can fit in can go upto 3000 ft.

and guess what! i was able to show Allen something which i was working on and when he said " good work ! interesting " , well thats the best thing anyone have ever said to me.. heheh

and also he burned it on a cd and said he will send some feedback after he go back,

yeah, anga madun laan ves varah undhagoo.. but its just too exciting!