Jeff Bezos owns Koru, a massive 417-foot yacht that’s worth around $500 million
It’s an amazing yacht but like any other yacht of this size, it can’t really navigate near small ports and quays.
And that’s exactly why Bezos splashed out an additional $75 million on a shadow boat for his yacht.
She is called Abeona and was built by Damen Yachting in the Netherlands.
Abeona, in nautical jargon, is a shadow boat or support yacht.
In other words, this yacht is designed specifically to provide support for larger yachts.
In this case, for Koru.
It can house provisions and supplies, and it can accommodate up to 65 people, 45 passengers and 20 crew, including medical personnel.
In car terms, this is sort of like buying a Ferrari so you can drive to the garage where your Pagani is parked.
Then again, with a net worth of $144 billion, Bezos can certainly afford it.
Even though it’s ‘only’ a shadow yacht, Abeona is still larger than most ‘normal’ yachts, measuring 75 meters – or 246 feet.
More importantly, the yacht is still big enough to include a helipad and additional garages for all tenders, smaller boats and jet skis.
Known as Project 721 or Koru (Maori for ‘new beginnings’), she is the world’s second-largest sailing yacht behind Sailing Yacht A, designed by Philippe Starck and built in the Netherlands.
As well as its $500 million price tag, Koru costs around $40 million between maintenance and docking fees.
In addition, Abeona has a yearly running cost of $10 million.
Yep, this means the CEO of Amazon spends $50 million a year just to maintain his yachts.