Attessa III by Kevin at socalsnapz
Attessa III by Kevin at socalsnapz

Who’s The New Guy? Billionaire Dennis Washington.

Billionaire Dennis Washington recently took up the “Invictus Spot” over by Lido Isle, shortly after the mooring balls were re-placed there, bearing the name “Invictus” on June 19th, spotted by SaveNewporter Ryan Gee.

The occupying force?  The Attessa III, a 203 foot beauty– not to be confused with the Attessa IV (which comes in at an eye-popping 332ft); Newport doesn’t even have a mooring big enough for the Attessa IV… Literally.  In fact, the “Invictus mooring” was created especially for the Invictus (at 215ft), owned by real estate mogul Rick Caruso.  As Newport Beach is the largest recreational-only harbor on the West Coast, our top-end size sets unofficial limits on how big of a boat you can have on the West Coast of the US (unless you want to dock your beauty in a shipping harbor)

But let’s get back to talking about the details on this helicopter-toting megayacht!  As we mentioned, the Attessa III is 203 feet long.  It was made back in 1998 by Feadship out of Holland, and has a mind-boggling 5 staterooms for 10 guests, and quarters for 16 crew.  With a beam of 36.1ft, a draft of 12ft and measuring in at 1,289 gross tons– this Cayman-Island-Flagged ship isn’t the type of boat that pulls up on a residential dock.  Propelled by two 2,000 horsepower engines, they can push this beast to cruise at 14 knots, with a top speed of 16 knots.

Did I fail to mention that this has a freaking personal helicopter on the back of it?  And while sticking a landing is difficult, yes, it can definitely take off from the helipad. 🙂

Watch it roll into the harbor courtesy of Art Fernandez:



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