The specifications of most personal submarines have made them impossible for a number of megayachts to carry without serious refitting. Triton Submarines is fixing that with the Triton 1000/3 LP.
“LP” stands for Low Profile. The sub stands just 5’6” (1.7 meters) high. Triton Submarines created the Triton 1000/3 LP in response to megayacht owners who wanted subs aboard but who couldn’t fit existing models in their tender garages. Either the models available were too large, or owners didn’t want to spend the time and money redesigning, rebuilding, and reinforcing their garages. The weight of a sub is a big factor to consider.
Bruce Jones, Triton Submarines’ CEO, calls the Triton 1000/3 LP a “game changer.” It’s not an exaggeration. In fact, you could argue that “LP” also stands for Lower Pounds. The Triton 1000/3 LP weighs 7,650 pounds (3,475 kilograms). That’s akin to the dry weight of a number of 30-foot-range powerboats commonly used as tenders. It’s also lighter than the rest of the personal subs on the market. That includes some of Triton Submarines’ 10 other models. The Triton 1000/3 LP therefore is said to be both the lightest-weight and the most-compact personal sub available for three passengers. Besides the above-mentioned height, its length is 10’5” (3.2 meters), and width is 8’7” (2.65 meters).
The Triton 1000/3 LP does not sacrifice diving depth for dimensions. It can take a pilot and two guests down to about 1,000 feet (305 meters). As the photo at left reveals, the forward portion of the housing is all-acrylic. This is both for strength and visibility. You and a companion are seated just aft of that structure. Your pilot is seated behind you, with systems controls at hand. He or she can move the Triton 1000/3 LP along underwater at 3 knots. Operational endurance for the sub is 10 hours.
The submarine is being manufactured to ABS ✠A1 Passenger Submersible specifications. Optionally, you can have it classed to Cayman Islands MSA requirements.
Triton Submarines will have the Triton 1000/3 LP on display at the Monaco Yacht Show.