Tatoosh (yacht)

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In the harbor of La Rochelle
Port of registry:  Cayman Islands
Builder: Nobiskrug
Completed: June 2000
General characteristics
Tonnage: 3,229 GT
Displacement: 2300 tonnes
Length: 92.40 m (303.1 ft)
Beam: 14.90 m (48.9 ft)
Draft: 4.30 m (14.1 ft)
Decks: 5
Installed power: 2 × 4,400 hp (3,300 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi)
Crew: 35

Tatoosh is a 303-foot (92 m) private yacht owned by Paul Allen, who also owns the 416-foot (127 m) Octopus. She is now the world's 43rd largest superyacht.[1]


Originally built for mobile phone magnate Craig McCaw, Tatoosh was built at Rendsburg in Germany by Nobiskrug and completed in June 2000.[2] Design and Construction by Kusch Yachts.[3] She was purchased by Paul Allen in 2001 at a reported cost of $100 million.[4]

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Docked at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

Tatoosh was hired for £400,000 by Teodorín Nguema Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinean president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for a Christmas cruise when he entertained rap singer Eve.[5]

In May 2010, Tatoosh was listed for sale with Fraser Yachts,[6] listed at €125 million.[7] The listing was withdrawn in 2014 after failing to attract a buyer.[8]


Tatoosh's features include:

  • Five decks;
  • a master suite, a saloon and other rooms on the top deck;
  • a saloon with a French limestone fireplace, a dining area, staterooms and a ladies' powder room on the main deck;
  • a shaded 6 feet (1.8 m) deep swimming pool with adjustable floor in depth, located aft on the main deck beneath a full overhang;[9]
  • a movie theater;
  • facilities to transport two helicopters on the top two decks;
  • custom 40 feet (12 m) power and sailboats


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  8. Shakespeare, Sebastian. "Sail of the century is sunk". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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