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Yacht owner Paul Allen leaves legacy, big shoes to fill

UPDATE By Dorie Cox When Microsoft co-founder and yacht owner Paul Allen died on Oct. 15, he left a legacy for the yacht industry, one of adventure, exploration and humanity that some say will change how the world views its wealthiest citizens. Mr. Allen was, above all else, a philanthropist. A follower of Warren Buffett’s…

Bow thrusters to epaulettes, yacht engineer values mentor’s lessons

By Dorie Cox Engr. Allen Dudley is mesmerized by Capt. Jim Horner’s skillful maneuvers at the helm of the 100-foot (30m) Benetti, M/Y Rutli E, in currents, wind and tight situations. “He has a no-bow-thruster method,” Dudley, 36, said of his mentor, who is twice his age. “If the engine is down and the generator…

Allen’s R/V Petrel finds wreckage of WWII cruiser

On March 17, the expedition crew of Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen’s research vessel Petrel  found the wreckage of the USS Juneau, a World War II cruiser sunk by a Japanese torpedo during the Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942, less than a year after the ship had been commissioned, according to a story on Allen’s…

NOAA teams with Vulcan to explore, map deep ocean

The U.S.’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forged a formal agreement with Vulcan, the company created by the late Microsoft co-founder and yachtsman Paul Allen, to share data resulting from the two organizations’ ocean work. The agreement, like others NOAA has achieved, will help NOAA fully map the nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone and…

R/V Petrel finds another WWII ship

The research team of yacht owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found another World War II ship. According to Allen’s website, the expedition crew of Allen’s R/V Petrel discovered the USS Helena in late March about 860m below the surface, resting on the floor of the New Georgia Sound off the coast of the Solomon Islands. The…

Yacht owner’s expedition finds USS Lexington

An expedition led by yacht owner Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, has discovered the USS Lexington, one of the United States’ first aircraft carriers. She foundered in the Battle of the Coral Sea against Japanese carriers in May 1942 during World War II. Down with her were 216 of her nearly 3,000 crew and 35…

Settlement funds megayacht moorings in the Caymans

Compensation paid by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in a settlement over damaged coral reef in the Cayman Islands is being used for four new megayacht moorings, the first of which was installed off West Bay this week, according to the Cayman Compass. Allen’s 300-foot yacht, the M/Y Tatoosh, was accused of dragging its anchor in…

M/Y Octopus recovers WWII bell

A research team aboard the 414-foot (126m) Lurssen M/Y Octopus has recovered the bell of Britain’s flagship battleship HMS Hood, which was sunk in the North Atlantic during World War II by the German battleship Bismarck. Octopus’ owner, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, announced on Twitter in early August that his research team recovered the artifact…

Octopus finds WWII Shipwreck

A team of researchers aboard the 414-foot (126m) Lurssen M/Y Octopus has discovered a Japanese battleship sunk during World War II. The team discovered the wreck of the Musashi, one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history. The ship was sunk by American forces off the coast of the Philippines…

Taking the Helm: Ensure trust outlasts COVID

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to balance the business side of our boats with respect for the potential threats to the lives of the people around us. This tension is all too real. One of the side effects this global event has produced is a huge amount…

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