Jeff Bezos has been battling the Netherlands to build a massive yacht in their backyard — but it seems he’s relenting, ’cause his baby was dragged away at the ass crack of dawn.
A huge vessel being created for JB near the city of Rotterdam — a 417-ft long, three-mast beast called Y721 that costs around $500 mil — got the tow treatment very early Tuesday morning from a Dutch shipbuilding yard, where it’s been under construction for a while.
There’s video too … you can see a few different smaller ships leading Jeff’s away, and according to reports, they were trying to be low-key about this — with the timing (before sunrise) and the route — to get it to another shipyard about 24 miles away.
The reason for the seemingly secret mission here — there’s been a lot of outrage there over a historic bridge potentially being taken down just so Jeff’s mammoth superyacht can sail out to sea.
The bridge, which has landmark status, is known as De Hef … and it’s right near the site where JB’s yacht has been getting pimped out by a company called Oceanco.
The problem … De Hef isn’t tall enough to accommodate the Y721 passing through, and there was speculation Oceanco was going to ask the city to partially dismantle the bridge — on Jeff’s dime, of course — but that majorly pissed off locals .
The backlash was so intense, Oceanco reportedly backed off the bridge ask … and now, it seems they’re going to continue the build at a site nowhere near De Hef.
Word is this might delay the boat’s completion by several more months, so Jeff’s maiden voyage will have to seem to be postponed a bit, it. As frustrated pirates put it … AARRGH!