A submersible claiming to be the fastest currently on the market has been shown off at the Monaco Yacht show with a heft price tag of £4.5 million.
The Super Sub, which carries 96 hours of life support on board, resembles a vessel straight out of the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas and was made by the Dutch company U-Boat Worx.
Able to carry three passengers up to depths of up to 300 metres, the submersible is designed to move at speed through the water offering stunning glimpses of aquatic life.
With a top speed reaching 10 knots the craft can match sea creatures like dolphins for speed.
the Super Sub’s manufacturers also promise owner’s a smooth ride, stating the craft “can smoothly ascend and descend at inclines of up to 45 degrees while executing rapid banking turns, ensuring agile and swift underwater maneuverability”.
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Roy Heijdra, U-Boat Worx Marketing Manager, explains: “The Super Sub’s speed of 10 knots is 3-4 knots faster than the top cruising speed of a bottlenose dolphin and 7 knots faster than the average submersible.
“Owners can glide behind a group of sea turtles, cruise alongside a school of sharks, dive and turn with a pod of dolphins, or swiftly navigate through the undercurrents with a powerful barracuda.
“The Super Sub is more than a ticket to an underwater theater; it’s a backstage VIP pass that immerses guests in the heart of the action.”
To achieve this, a clear fully acrylic pressure hull has been positioned at the front of the submersible, offering an unobstructed view in every direction, unimpeded by ballast tanks, batteries, and other components.
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The DNV-certified Super Sub is equipped with state-of-the-art safety systems. A ‘maximum depth protection’ feature prevents the pilot from descending beyond the submarine’s maximum operating depth.
If the submersible ever goes too deep, this safety feature will automatically raise the submersible until it is back within its certified depth.
The Safety Buoy feature of U-Boat Worx submersibles, when released, marks the submarine’s position on the surface.
A large drop weight can be manually released from within the vessel to increase buoyancy and assist in returning to the surface in case of an emergency.
Additionally, each submarine, including the Super Sub, is equipped with a minimum of 96 hours of life support.
Roy Heijdra adds: “Our team has poured their hearts and expertise into crafting the Super Sub, and we are beyond excited to reveal it to the world at the Monaco Yacht Show.
“The Super Sub represents the pinnacle of underwater luxury and performance, and we can’t wait for everyone to experience the thrill of exploring the depths with this extraordinary submersible.”
U-Boat Worx say the Super Sub displayed at the Monaco show will be delivered to its client at the end of 2023, while the next unit is scheduled for delivery in October 2024 and is currently listed for sale with a starting price of £4.5m.
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