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In Pictures: 126m explorer yacht Octopus returns to Germany

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Charl van Rooy

One of the world’s most famous yachts is currently steaming towards Germany where she will undergo winter maintenance in Hamburg. Octopus departed Cape Town last month and is on the last leg of the arduous cruise that will see her return to her home country for the first time in six years. SuperYacht Times, together with photographer Tom van Oossanen, rendezvoused with the mother of all explorer yachts over the North Sea yesterday to bring you these rare cruising images of the 126.2-metre Lürssen motor yacht.Octopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesOctopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times

A true world explorer, Octopus is one of the most well-traveled vessels in the global fleet and spends her time equally between the northern and southern hemispheres, visiting off-the-beaten-track destinations such as Australia, Alaska, French Polynesia, Maldives and South Africa to name but a few, seldomly seen in common hotspots such as the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Octopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesOctopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times

Built in 2003 by Lürssen, Octopus is the design work of Espen Oeino and Jonathan Quinn Barnett who worked on the project’s exterior and interiors respectively. Oeino remembers the early design stages of the project well: “For us, as well as the yard, it was a tremendous challenge. The task was challenging but Octopus quickly became a game changer for the industry, establishing a trend of explorer yachts which today are commonplace, although few, if any, are as big, complex and versatile as Octopus is.” Octopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesOctopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times

Details surrounding her visit to Hamburg remain unclear but it is suspected that she will spend the winter months in Germany while receiving maintenance and undergoing routine surveying. Octopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesOctopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times

Interested in these photos of Octopus? Contact Tom van Oossanen at info@tomvano.com. Octopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesOctopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesOctopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesOctopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesOctopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht TimesOctopus motor yacht cruisingPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times

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