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Jeff Bezos’s $500 Million Megayacht Was Spotted Undergoing Test Trials in the North Sea

The Amazon founder's Y721 Koru from Oceanco has finally hit the high seas.

Jeff Bezos Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Jeff Bezos has a new toy in the works, and it looks like he’s making sure it’ll be ready for summertime travels.

The Amazon founder’s $500 million megayacht, Y721 Koru, was seen having its first day of sea trials, and it’s just as luxurious as you would expect for the third-richest person in the world. The footage of his new vessel was posted by Dutch Yachting, which showed the megayacht sailing out of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, and heading toward the North Sea. The 417-foot-long ride is the largest sailing yacht in the world, the company notes, and the video shows off the vessel’s three sails and three decks—one of which features a swimming pool.

Bezos ran into some trouble earlier this year when it came out that the Koningshaven Bridge in the Netherlands might have to be dismantled to let Y721 Koru pass through, as the megayacht’s 229-foot masts exceeded the bridge’s 131-foot clearance. City officials briefly agreed to disassemble the bridge but then decided against it in the face of public backlash, according to The New York Times. That negative reaction included a threat from residents to show up and pelt rotten eggs at the $500 million behemoth.

Oceanco, the company that built Y721 Koru, ultimately decided against applying for the permit that would be required for dismantling Koningshaven Bridge, and the boat was instead quietly towed to another shipyard without its mast.

The iconic historic De Hef - Koningshavenbrug Bridge in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam may be dismantled for Jeff Bezos superyacht to pass under, as the mast of the sailboat exceeds the height of the bridge. The two-tower with swing lift bridge is an old level steel railroad bridge connecting the island, Noordereiland in the Maas river in the Southern part of Rotterdam. The bridge was built in 1877 and suffered damage during the 1940 German bombings. Since 2017 after the renovation work, the municipality promised that the bridge would never be dismantled again. The superyacht for the multibillionaire chairman of Amazon is built in the Dutch shipyards of Oceanco. The city council said in a statement that if they will proceed the cost of the deconstruction will be covered by the shipbuilder. Rotterdam, The Netherlands on February 4, 2022 (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
The historic De Hef, also known as Koningshaven Bridge, in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Bezos’s completed yacht will be accompanied by a 246-foot-long “shadow yacht” called YS7512, Damen Yacht’s largest-ever support vessel. It will fit 45 people onboard, feature a helicopter hangar and storage for Jet Skis and other water toys and is reportedly called Abeona, according to Boat International.

As for the main event, Bezos’s Y721 Koru is believed to be based on the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean, with its unique three-mast design and eco-friendly sailing capabilities. Other amenities beyond the on-deck swimming pool include a cinema, meeting spaces and lounges, according to Luxuo. Oceanco has declined to comment further on included features in order to protect its client’s privacy, but if this vessel is up and running as soon as we think, it won’t be long until more details come out.

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