Company unveils $25 million superyacht
“If the sea becomes too rough, you simply dive and continue your voyage in comfort."
By Dean Murray via SWNS
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A company has unveiled a $25 million (£22m) superyacht - that can go underwater for FOUR days.
Dutch boatbuilder U-Boat Worx says their Nautilus vessel will offer the luxury of a yacht, but can head beneath the waves to a depth of 200 meters (656 feet).
When functioning as a boat, the Nautilus offers a massive sundeck equipped with a freshwater pool, a bar, and a luxurious dining table.
However, this "al fresco arrangement" is able to be retracted before the submersible slips below sea level.
Unveiling the Nautilus at the recent Monaco Yacht Show, the firm says customers can expect to have their boat delivered within 30 months of ordering.
The diesel-electric has a surface cruise speed of 9 knots and an underwater speed of 4 knots
Weighing 1,250-tons, and measuring 37.5-meters (123 feet), the hybrid ship boasts a lounge and dining room, four luxury guest cabins, a spacious master bedroom, room for six crew and a fully equipped galley kitchen.
Ten four-meter-wide windows offer guests an "exceptional view" of the underwater world.
U-Boat Worx says their craft was inspired by, and named after, the fictional submarine owned by Captain Nemo in a classic book from 1870.
"Since Jules Verne’s '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' came out in 1870, people have been dreaming of a luxury yacht with dive capabilities," they said.
"Since then, inventors produced a lot of impressive concepts. Unfortunately, not one of these designs has ever been realized.
"Being the world leader in the market for small submersibles, U-Boat Worx has now finally succeeded in engineering a realistic combination of luxury and safety in a fully certified private submersible."
"People that have decided to buy a yacht will now have to consider if their vessel of choice can also dive down to 200 meters," said U-Boat Worx Chairman and Founder Bert Houtman.
There is also an added bonus of escaping seasickness.
“If the sea becomes too rough, you simply dive and continue your voyage in comfort. With the Nautilus, the yachting market will never be the same again," Houtman said.
Other features include a newly invented, completely pressure-resistant electrical tender that is stowed under the Nautilus’s aft deck and will stay outside while diving.
This tender, the Aronnax, may also be used for transporting five scuba divers underwater to the intended dive spot.
The Nautilus has a starting price of €25 million (almost $25 million).
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