More than 80% of the world’s oceans remain unexplored but discovering the depths might be easier than you think. A personal submarine lets you explore the underwater world like never before. Built to cater from one to six guests and tailored to fit the weight and height restrictions of a superyacht tender garage, adventure further with our edit of the best personal submarines for superyachts...
The best personal submarines for superyachts
Meet Triton's smallest and lightest submersible to date. Weighing just 2,500kg and standing 1.47m tall, the 660/2 packs the power of Triton's pro flagship submersible into a svelte new design which can slot into most superyacht tender garages without a hitch. The perfect size for owners looking to pilot their own submarine, two people can dive down to a depth of 200 metres and power along the seabed at a top speed of four knots for up to six hours. With numerous customisation options on offer, you can even tailor the sub to match its mothership.
Submarine specialist U-Boat Worx has unveiled the latest personal submersible to join its fleet. New for 2020, the NEMO submersible is specifically designed with superyachts in mind, offering a slick, deep-diving submersible in a lightweight 2,500-kilogram package. NEMO can dive down to 100 metres with room for two and stands just 2.8 metres tall, tucking into a tender garage nicely. In fact, at 2.3 metres wide it requires less storage space than two Jet Skis. Elsewhere, it has a single lifting point for easy launch and recovery without the need for a cradle.
From €975,000, uboatworx.com
This three-person submarine is capable of diving to 457m and offers some clever onboard extras. The Aurora-3C is able to tilt at surface, providing a stable platform for boarding when stepping across from a superyacht. And by moving the hatch away from the top of the window and into a separate compartment, the model offers a greater field of view. The submarine's low height and even lower hoist point makes this submersible ideal for setup in confined spaces – say a superyacht tender garage - without compromising on comfort, practicality, and performance. The Aurora-3C also offers extras including a robotic arm, HD video systems and a fly-out rover with HD camera. You can even customise the colour.
Announced at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017, Project Neptune is the result of a collaboration between submarine specialist Triton and British car marque Aston Martin. This three-person submersible combines all the practical and technical elements of deep-sea exploration with a level of finesse and style that’s quintessentially Aston Martin. Able to dive to 500m, Project Neptune offers a bulbous cabin for panoramic views and a sleek, compact multihull silhouette for optimal speed and style under the waves. While a top speed of five knots might not sound like much – particularly for an Aston Martin – it’s actually four times the acceleration of Triton’s flagship 3300/3 submarine. Inside, a custom interior features hand-stitched leather and carbon-fibre trim.
U-Boat Worx Super Yacht Sub 3
Known for their reliable, workhorse subs used for scientific exploration, Dutch builder U-Boat Worx has a personal submarine specifically for superyachts. The Super Yacht Sub 3 is compact, lightweight with a virtually unimpeded view underwater. With a length of less than 3.2m and weighing 3,800kg, the sub is easy to fit on board, and can dive to 300m with a top speed of three knots. A retractable freeboard extender makes on-the-water boarding a breeze while the interior is kitted in out plush leather seats for comfortable cruising. Bonus features include a Bluetooth sound system and a cold-storage box.
Created to give guests a completely immersive experience in the watery world below, SEAmagine’s Aurora series of submersibles features a massive glass bulb for unparalleled views as she dives up to 1,000m at a max speed of three knots for eight hours. The Californian company’s largest luxury sub, the Aurora-6S, seats five passengers and one pilot. A single-point hoist makes for uncomplicated launching, while an ergonomically designed aft section and telescopic handrails ease boarding. The entire set-up is ideal for deep-sea exploration with the family in tow. The Aurora-6S’s weight and size can be customised to suit the mothership, as can the colour.
Triton's 1650/3 is the world's lightest and most compact three-person submersible. At 4,000 kg, it may be a little heftier than its smaller siblings but it can dive to depths of 500 metres while taking up less space than a pair of Jet Skis when stowed. Whether exploring coral reefs or shipwrecks, pilots and passengers will benefit from near 360-degree views thanks to a bulbous acrylic cabin and when it's time to resurface, a single lift point makes recovery a breeze. If you're looking to take the plunge and learn how pilot your own submersible, Triton even offers in-house training.