Search the depths

The explorer yacht Octopus is up for sale.

04 September 2019


A renowned world-class cruiser and one of the most well-travelled yachts in the global fleet, the 126-metre Octopus is a proven ‘go-anywhere, do-anything’ platform for discovery.

Encompassing eight decks and an interior volume of 9,932GT, Octopus offers an abundance of features and amenities specially tailored for those looking to explore the globe’s most remote and inaccessible destinations.

With accommodation for up to 26 guests in 13 cabins, and 63 crew across 30 cabins, Octopus has been a trusted, full-capability vehicle for discovery to those on board and has a range of accolades to prove it.

Since delivery by Lürssen at HDW Kiel in 2003, she has explored the coast of Antarctica, traversed the Northwest Passage and recovered the ship’s bell from the wreck of HMS Hood at a depth of 2.8 kilometres for the Royal Navy.

Other notable discoveries include the wrecks of the WWII battleships USS Indianapolis and IJN Musashi off the Philippines and the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in the Coral Sea.

With diesel-electric propulsion and eight generators for support, she is a pioneering vessel in both exploration and hybrid cruising.


Offering a genuine first-class experience while cruising or at anchor, Octopus has plenty of space for enjoyment and activity on board. With a full owner’s deck including a private bar and jacuzzi forward and private al fresco dining area aft, this deck provides the owner with a sanctuary of privacy and security. While the yacht has two elevators servicing the guest areas onboard, one is dedicated to the owner’s exclusive use for travel throughout the yacht with discretion and ease.

On the bridge deck below, guests have plenty of room for outdoor entertainment as a generous pool is located aft along with al fresco dining, a bar and pizza oven. Just beneath the bridge deck is a deck dedicated solely to entertainment where guests can enjoy a range of facilities including a spa, library and bar, cinema, gym, multiple lounges including a forward-facing observation area and a basketball court on the deck below. There is also a glass-bottomed observation lounge in the tank deck.

In addition to seven tenders, two liferafts, an ROV capable of diving to 3 kilometres and several jetskis, Octopus is also capable of housing an SUV and two helicopters in the garage (one each for the fore and aft helipads), and its stern-access dock is home to a 13-metre Hinckley Talaria tender and Pagoo, a submarine accommodating eight guests and two crew that can dive for up to eight hours.

A dive centre and hyperbaric chamber are also on board, along with a beach club with bar on the starboard side.

Autonomous in every respect, the yacht’s hybrid propulsion system gives her a maximum speed of 19 knots and a transoceanic range of approximately 12,500-nautical-miles at her economical speed of 12.5 knots.

Well maintained throughout her current ownership, Octopus has undergone an extensive maintenance period every five years, with her most recent refit completed in 2019.

The 126.2-metre yacht Octopus is seeking a new owner after Burgess and Fraser were appointed as joint central agents. She is currently in the South of France and will be at anchor during the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show.


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