If you attended last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, then you may have seen the daily demonstration dives that U-Boat Worx held with one of its personal submarines. The subs have been attracting the attention of megayacht owners looking for a different type of watertoy, and no wonder.
The newest model, the C-Explorer 5, should capture attention as well. As the name suggests, it’s a five-seater model, including the pilot, though a five-guest configuration is available, too. Just like the other personal subs the company offers, there’s a 360-degree acrylic pressure hull, so that you and your guests can see a good deal of the undersea world as you’re exploring. The C-Explorer 5 is fitted with 12-inch, sunlight-readable PC displays for a variety of information. Further options include manipulator arms, sonar (either forward-looking or advanced 2D or 3D), a tracking system, and an HD camera.
Regardless of options selected, the C-Explorer 5 should be capable of eight hours of autonomous operation. U-Boat Worx also says that its underwater speed is about 2.5 knots, while its surface speed is 4 knots.
Pricing depends upon the depth rating to which you want your model to comply. U-Boat Worx is making a 100-meter-rating (328-foot-rating) standard, priced at €966,000. Two-hundred and 300-hundred-meter models are in the works, though pricing has not yet been determined.