The tropical island of Bonaire is frequently visited by cruise ships but sometimes there are large ships that attract some more attention, like this weekend the superyacht Tatoosh.
With a length of 303 foot (92m), a helicopter on the deck and some wrapped boats on the other decks the Tatoosh is a ship that won’t fit in our normal marina.
The Tatoosh is currently on the list of the 50 largest privately owned yachts and is owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. If he is also on Bonaire when his yacht is anchored here is not clear, it might be that he is diving on our wonderful coral reefs or visiting the inland. Maybe the yacht is just here for some small maintenance or the crew of 30 needs to do some shopping and the owner is at work or on his other ship: the 416-foot (127m) Octopus. The Octopus is often used for research- and rescue missions and can sometimes be seen on Bonaire as well.
2016 started bad for Tatoosh when it was moored in a replenishment zone near the Cayman Islands. Strong winds let the Tatoosh drift off and the anchor destroyed 14,000 square feet of coral reef. For Paul Allen this was extra sad, one of the many charities he is involved in concerns research for ways to protect and preserve coral.
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