Jeff Bezos’ sailing ship was inspired by the Black Pearl, the fictional ship in Pirates of the Caribbean. (Photo: Daily Mail)
JAKARTA – Billionaire Jeff Bezos has realized his dream of owning a new mega-yacht worth USD 500 million or approximately IDR 7.7 trillion. The ship was built inspired by the Black Pearl, the fictional ship in Pirates of the Caribbean.
The ship, named Koru, was built over 3 years in the port of Zwijndrecht, near Rotterdam, by sailing ship specialist Oceanco. The name Koru is a Maori word meaning new beginning.
Reporting from the Daily Mail, Saturday (2/12/2023), Koru was so big that Koru was refused to dock with other yatch at the harbor marina in Everglades, Florida. Koru is 416 feet long. At almost twice the length of an Airbus A380, Koru is the world’s second largest sailing yacht, surpassed only by the Philippe Starcke-designed Sailing Yacht A, owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.
Koru’s support vessel, the Abeona, which has a 246-foot floating garage for the tycoon’s helicopter, jet ski and luxury cars, is currently docked four miles away at a shipyard in Dania Beach. According to the Everglades port authority, Koru must dock with oil tankers and other cargo ships.
Koru arrived in Florida on Wednesday evening last week after departing from Gibraltar two weeks earlier. Earlier this week, Koru was docked in Everglades harbor, alongside giant oil tankers and the giant cruise ship Liberty of the Seas.
Koru docks at Everglades harbor, a major gateway for cruise ships and international trade, as luxury marinas in south Florida generally cannot accommodate vessels longer than 400 feet.
Bezos reportedly has to pay around $25 million annually for the staff and operations of Koru, the world’s tallest sailing ship with a 230-foot mast.
Some time ago, Bezos announced that he and his fiancee, Lauren Sanchez (53), would leave Seattle, his home base for the past 29 years, to return to Miami, his birthplace.
He purchased two neighboring homes on Indian Creek Island, the so-called ‘Billionaire’s Bunker’ that has been home to Ivanka Trump, Tom Brady, and Philadelphia Eagles owner Norman Braman.
The combined $147 million purchase gives Bezos 4.6 acres of waterfront land and about 400 feet of shoreline on Florida’s Intercoastal Waterway. Bezos has said he wants to live closer to his mother, Jackie, and adoptive father Miguel, who is in his late 70s.