If you are about to buy your first yacht (take note, Pablo Iglesias), think twice, because there are much more fun aquatic knickknacks. The multimillionaires have discovered in the submarines a toy that allows them to explore the seas moving with the freedom of a fish at about 10 knots (37 kilometres per hour) and with the same luxuries found in a private jet. The photos of hot tubs on board are nothing compared to those you can take from wrecks and coral reefs. Impossible to compete with them on Instagram.
One of the submarines is a growing industry that offers more and more products. Do not imagine claustrophobic appliances of the Soviet era or the yellow of The Beatles. Much has changed since the Dutchman Cornelius Jacobszoon Drebbel built the first manned submarine, between 1620 and 1624. Companies like US Submarines, Ocean Submarine and Migaloo Private Submersible Yachts have designed civilian virginies such as Migaloo’s M7, a submersible superyacht between 225 and 283 meters in length (to the taste of the consumer) that has a restaurant, cinema room, gym, swimming pool, library, private home and guest suites. In addition to floating, you can dive at almost 460 meters, and sail at 20 knots. Is it or is it not fun? And all from a reasonable 800 million dollars, million above, million below. Put me two.
The M7 is the most extreme example, and, surely, the most expensive good that one can buy. It is a project that nobody, as far as we know, has commissioned yet. But the sea is full of smaller private submarines that have been launched in the last 20 years by the manufacturers Triton Submarines (a subsidiary of US Submarines), U-Boat Worx and Seamagine Hydrospace, among others. Their vehicles admit two to eight passengers, are easy to drive and cost around three million euros.
One of the last specimens that will reach the market will be the one jointly conceived by Triton Submarines and the automobile company Aston Martin, the Neptune Project. They are already producing the first one, which will be publicly presented later this year. It will offer 360-degree visibility, submerge 500 meters and carry two passengers and a pilot. Inside, hand-stitched leather and carbon fibre. It will have an anticipated racing speed of more than five knots and approximately four times the acceleration of the flagship model 3300/3 of Triton, which costs 3.1 million euros.
Richard Branson, the adventurous British magnate we have seen going around the depths of the sea aboard a Super Falcon, of the Deepflight brand, and the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, to whom they gave him, have signed up for this new entertainment for the rich. your submarine. He came as an extra with his superyacht Eclipse. Having millions, why stay on land if the planet is 70% water?
If, however much you scratch your pocket, it does not reach you for a submarine, you can pay a passage in one to immerse yourself for a few hours. In this field operate, for example, the American OceanGate, which offers manned submersibles and has announced that from June 2019 will take passengers to see the remains of the Titanic, which is 3,800 meters below the surface of the North Atlantic. For the first trip, everything is sold, at 105.129 euros per person, which is the price at which it is estimated that a first class ticket would cost today in the Vanderbilt suite of the first and only trip of the Titanic.
DeepFlight Adventures also offers underwater excursions at some luxury resorts such as the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, located on the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. There, two people can ride on the Super Falcon 3S, whose individual observation domes provide a 360-degree view, and go down to 37 meters to encounter schools of brightly coloured fish, unknown creatures, turtles, sharks and rays. And all without getting wet.
Source: Revista GQ