After drawing the ire of locals for nearly requiring the dismantling of a historic bridge, Jeff Bezos’ new megayacht has hit the open water, reports Business Insider.
The vessel, estimated to cost $500 million, underwent its first day of sea trials in Europe this week, according to yacht fan club Dutch Yachting, which posted a video of the yacht on Monday. Sea trials consist of several tests and are usually one of the last phases of construction, meaning the Amazon founder’s yacht is one step closer to full sail.
The boat’s sea trials come after a turbulent year for the megayacht, which was built in the Netherlands. Last year, the Dutch company building it, Oceanco, requested that a historic bridge in Rotterdam be dismantled for the yacht to pass because the vessel’s three masts were too tall to pass under the bridge, which has a 131-foot clearance.
The yacht, called Koru, measures 417 feet long and is expected to be the biggest sailing yacht in the world once it is finished.
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Source: Business Insider