First, Jeff Bezos’ new megayacht was too big to fit under a bridge in the Netherlands. Now, the ship’s enormous size (it’s more than 400 feet long) has played a role in preventing her from keeping company with other private yachts in Port Everglades, Florida, where she is anchored.
Instead, the megayacht, called Koru, is surrounded by huge oil tankers and container ships in general. The yacht is docked there due to its size and also the available berths at the port, according to a Port Everglades spokeswoman.
Koru is a sailing yacht, unlike the much larger diesel-powered boats popular with other billionaires. She is the largest sailing yacht in the world, according to Oceanco, the Dutch company that finished building the ship earlier this year.
The deck of the three-masted schooner has three jacuzzis and a swimming pool. The interior has a “contemporary and timeless style,” according to Oceanco, with natural wood tones, warm neutrals and patterned textiles. It also includes a mermaid on the bow that appears to resemble Bezos’ partner, Lauren Sánchez.
Koru, which Bloomberg estimated cost around $500 million to build, arrived at the Florida port on Nov. 22 after departing Gibraltar earlier this month, according to Marine Traffic, a real-time maritime data platform.
It was unclear exactly why Bezos docked his yacht there, but earlier this month he said he was returning to Miami to be closer to his parents and Sanchez.
Bezos had lived since 1994 in Seattle, where he founded Amazon from his garage. He already bought two mansions in South Florida, one for $68 million and another for $79 million, according to Bloomberg News.
Bloomberg estimated his net worth at $171 billion.
Port Everglades charges yachts over 400 feet at least $309.50 per 24 hours. Ships that have been closest to Koru include a more than 610-foot-long oil tanker called Magnolia State.
Koru means “coil” or “loop” in Maori and has come to symbolize new life, growth and peace in traditional Maori art.
Bezos’ journey with his new yacht began with difficulties. Last year, officials in the Dutch city of Rotterdam initially agreed to dismantle De Hef, a 95-year-old bridge, so that Koru could cross it from the nearby city where it had been built. The dismantling process would have taken more than a day, and putting it back together would have taken more than a day. But after community uproar, including calls to throw eggs at the ship when it passed by, Oceanco decided against it and the yacht was towed to a different location for masts to be fitted.
Jack Begg contributed to the research.