R2.6-billion megayacht sparks excitement along South Coast

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eHowzit reporter

The spotlight shifted from the Sardine Run to megayacht, Octopus, when it cruised along the South Coast on Friday.

The 126m marvel is the 16th largest megayacht in the world and is owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Octopus, which made its first appearance in South Coast waters last February, cost a whopping $200 million (R2.6 billion) and $380,000 (R5 million) a week to operate.

Several South Coasters spotted and documented its route from Banana Beach southwards with photos and positions on social media.

Leonie Dorfling was once of the first to see the megayacht off Banana Beach.

“I’m lucky to live close to the sea. Whenever a boat comes past, I like to see what it is, and this time it wasn’t your everyday fishing boat,” she told eHowzit.

“My phone couldn’t zoom far enough so I took the pic with my phone through the binoculars. I was just at the right place at the right time. I was so happy and lucky.

“I love the yacht; it’s very impressive! The only problem I have is that I wasn’t invited to join them,” she chuckled.

The luxury vessel is fully equipped with a glass-bottom pool, two helicopters, two submarines, a movie theatre, basketball court, recording studio, and accommodation for 26 guests in 41 suites.

Allen has loaned Octopus, which is also equipped with a remotely-operated underwater vehicle, for a variety of rescue and research operations.

These include assisting in a hunt for an American pilot and two officers whose plane disappeared off Palau, and loaning his yacht to scientists to study the coelacanth, a “living fossil” that was once believed to be extinct.

Photos by Leonie Dorfling

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