I was thrilled when driving towards town recently. I could see that this yacht was very close to shore and that I could get a good picture of it.

The Tatoosh is in Grand Cayman. This super-yacht is the 26th largest in the world at 301-ft long.  She is owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen (he co-founded with Bill Gates)  Amazingly, this is the smaller of his two boats.

Notice the helicopter on the desk ; it gives you a better idea of the size.   Apparently there is a staff of 35 and it has 2 x 4000hp diesel engines. According to what I read, Allen paid +-100M$US for it in 2001.  The original owner was Craig McGaw, the US mobile phone pioneer.

Right where I took the pictures of the boat, there is a large condo complex.  The place is only 4-5 years old if I am not mistaken.   It is quite exposed to the ocean and got a bit of a beating during Dean in 2007. Anyway, from what I can see, the salt has been murder for the air conditioning units.  Ouch!  Not sure what the exact story is, but I am guessing that the original ones are the rusted ones and that the newer ones were recently installed to replace some rusted ones which were in disrepair.

Finally, some trivia. If you know the answer, post to the comments section and ill reply if you are correct.  These pictures were taken in Manhattan on my recent trip to NY.   If you dont follow the financial markets or the news, this will be very difficult.

1) What significant financial event of 2008/2009 originated from this 3rd avenue building? More specifically on the 17th floor.

2) Which prominent financial firm once owned this building (the one with the octagonal shape) on Madison avenue? At the time it was one of the only large NY financial firms not to be based in lower Manhattan near Wall St.