Personal submarines are growing in popularity, but have thus far been nearly exclusively aboard super-size superyachts. Triton Submarines wanted to make the diving experience even more accessible. The Triton 1650/3 LP, making its U.S. debut this week, should suit “small” tender garages.
At the Fort Lauderdale boat show, you can get up close to this sub. It measures 10’5” (3.2 meters) LOA. Standing 5’9” (1.8 meters) and weighing about 8,800 pounds (4,000 kilograms), the 1650/3 LP shouldn’t pose any issues for traditional davits installed overhead.
Triton equipped the 1650/3 LP with the same features of its bigger craft, just to a smaller scale. The “1650” in the model name refers to the maximum depth. The sub can dive down about 1,650 feet (500 meters). The “3” in the model name, meanwhile, refers to the capacity of three people. This means a pilot and two passengers.
Whether or not a friend joins you, you get to enjoy the views in a climate-controlled (air-conditioned) environment. The Triton 1650/3 LP travels at a super-leisurely 3 knots, letting you really take in the flora and fauna along the way. The maximum operational endurance is 12 hours.
Since a number of quite large megayachts are in build, Triton Submarines is working on a larger-capacity model to suit them. It’s the Triton 1000/7, for a pilot and six passengers. The glass sphere measures 8’2” (2.5 meters) in diameter, so that everyone can easily see outside and around the sub. Maximum diving depth is 1,000 feet (305 meters).
Like the Triton 1650/3 LP, it too, will travel at 3 knots, but the endurance should be 18 hours. The overall dimensions are larger as well. Length is 12’5” (3.8 meters), while width is 8’7” (2.6 meters). Height: 8’2” (2.5 meters). Finally, weight is a hefty 26,500 pounds (12,000 kilograms).