Out & About San Diego — #6: When your average yacht just won’t do….

Out & About San Diego

When your average yacht
just won’t do….

One of the problems with living in San Diego is that there is always something going on, and there doesn’t seem to be a 24-hour news channel devoted to telling us everything that’s happening. Alright, so maybe that’s not really a problem that impacts life….

Yesterday I went on a whale watching cruise. We are at the height of the whale migration along the Pacific Coast, and even though I’ve been in San Diego for 18 years, this was my first whale watching cruise. We saw plenty of whales, dolphins, pelicans, seagulls, and, upon returning to San Diego Bay as the sun was setting, this:

Attessa IV in San Diego Bay, January 27, 2012

Attessa IV in San Diego Bay, January 27, 2012

 

That’s the Attessa IV, one of the world’s great mega-yachts. It is a whopping 330 feet long. How long is that? Well, on February 5 the New England Patriots and New York Giants will be playing in the Super Bowl on a football field that is 300 feet between end zones.

Attessa IV was built in 1999 as the Evergreen, owned by Chang Yung-fa, chairman of the Evergreen Group of Taiwan. Evergreen the yacht was bought in 2007 by Dennis Washington, who regularly shows up in the Top 100 of Forbes list of the world’s weathiest people and currently ranks 58th in America. After buying Evergreen, Washington had it completely renovated into what it is now, Attessa IV.

If you didn’t quite see it in the above two pictures because your eyeballs were popping out, Attessa IV has its own helicopter and helipad, just in case you have to go somewhere a little faster, I guess.

Attessa IV's helicopter

 

The way the rear rotor is covered is used by the military for noise abatement, so this is also a modern, quiet helicopter.

Read more about the Attessa IV, and see pictures of the interior, at Boat International. Read more about Dennis Washington at Wikipedia.

Pictures taken by Russel Ray on January 27, 2012, in San Diego Bay using a Canon 550D and post-processing done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

 

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

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