Jeff Bezos appears to be getting closer to setting sail in superyacht style.
The Amazon founder and former CEO is reported to be the owner of a secret, super-sized vessel that has now been moved into daylight for all to see.
The website autoevolution published a series of photos this week of Project Y721 as seen at a shipyard in the town of Zwijndrecht in the western Netherlands. The 417-foot-long, triple-masted craft, with a price tag of upwards of $500 million, is being constructed by Dutch builder Oceanco. The YouTube channel Dutch Yachting offered up an aerial video (above).
The yacht is reportedly headed to Alblasserdam, another town in the Netherlands, where a final fitting-out will take place, autoevolution said. Oceanco has not confirmed that the boat is for Bezos, despite widespread reports.
Journalist Brad Stone tweeted about the secret boat Friday morning. In his book about Bezos called “Amazon Unbound,” Stone said the move into the world of luxury yacht ownership heralds Bezos’ “transformation from geeky technologist to globe-trotting megabillionaire.”
The record-breaking Bezos Yacht emerges – as I wrote about in my book Amazon Unbound. You can bet OceanCo will transport this thing at night, to evade pesky photogs.https://t.co/aejLdlSAgn
— Brad Stone (@BradStone) October 22, 2021
The Evening Standard previously reported that details are being kept under tight wraps, and said Bezos’ yacht could be modeled after Oceanco’s Black Pearl — “one of the largest and most ecological sailing yachts in the world,” according to the company’s website. The site says that yacht’s 2,877 square meters of sails can be set in just seven minutes and it can reach top sailing speeds of 30 knots.
Delivery is scheduled for 2022 after the vessel completes sea trials.
Y721 — or whatever Bezos ends up calling it — will take on the title of world’s largest sailing yacht, among other records, upon delivery.
Octopus, the 414-foot superyacht that once belonged to Paul Allen, the late Microsoft co-founder and billionaire, was sold this summer to an unnamed buyer for an undisclosed price. It was listed in 2019 for $325 million almost a year after Allen died at age 65. The price dropped at some point to $278 million, Bloomberg reported.
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