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New luxury submarine boasts private jet experience and mini bar

The nine-person, "first-of-its-kind" craft is capable of diving to 200m and designed to travel at speeds of up to 8-knots.

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A new luxury submarine boasts a private jet experience and comes with a mini bar. (Dark Ocean Design via SWNS)

By Dean Murray via SWNS

A new luxury submarine boasts a private jet experience and comes with a mini bar.

The Project Hercules submersible features options for chaise lounges, an oversized daybed, and VR headsets.

The nine-person, "first-of-its-kind" craft is capable of diving to 200m and designed to travel at speeds of up to 8-knots.

Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show 2022, the sub is a collaboration between Triton Submarines, bespoke yacht designers Espen Oeino, and Dark Ocean Design design and engineering studio.

"Through reimagining the use of Dark Ocean’s patent pending elliptical nine-person AVA pressure hull, the collaborators aim to replicate the privacy, amenities, comfort and luxury usually experienced in a private aircraft," a statement said.

A new luxury submarine boasts a private jet experience and comes with a mini bar. (Dark Ocean Design via SWNS)
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Interior concepts for the craft include the "private diving" configuration.

This involves separating the pilot from the passenger compartment by two interior bulkheads, between which is a mini bar, thus delivering the same level of amenities and privacy as that of a private jet.

Several interior options have been considered, including twin designer chaise lounges in opulent high-grade leathers, an oversized daybed or even a large floor space for scattered soft furnishing.

The pilot’s helm seat can slide forward if required to curate the dive and act as a guide
while cruising to the required depth and location, and then retract behind the bulkheads when privacy is required.

Exterior cameras and screens, or a VR headset, will supplement the pilot’s visual field for enhanced situational awareness.

During the launch of Project Hercules, Espen Oeino commented: “I was initially reticent to even enter a submersible due to claustrophobia, but it took just one demonstration dive with Triton for me to fall in love with experience that submersibles can deliver.

"They truly add a whole new dimension to the yachting experience, hence why we were so keen to develop this relationship with Triton moving forward.

"With Project Hercules, we set out to create an ‘Inner Space Craft’, one that delivered a calm and exclusive environment where Owners and guests could enjoy intimate conversations, contemplative calmness and memorable private experiences.

"In changing not only the use of the submersible’s interior, but also the way it travels, there is little doubt in my mind this is a groundbreaking project.”

With the concept and engineering phases of Project Hercules now complete, the team will complete CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics ) and fluid dynamic analysis of the model over coming weeks, followed by the final specification and pricing.

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