In the market for a new submarine, sir? Uboat Worx have just the thing, the HP Sport Sub 2, and it won't set you back a penny over €1,000,000.
If you're a cold-hearted and filthy-rich member of "the 1 per cent", and read Tintin books as a child, you've probably longed ever since to have your own one-man sub, preferably in the shape of a shark.
Well put down that polo instruction manual and tell your man servant that your mid-morning grapes that he's spent the last hour peeling are no longer required. Your wait is over!
Dutch submersible vendor U-Boat Worx have a new undersea craft that ticks both the Tintin sub boxes, apart from the one about it being shark-shaped. It's more like a robot jellyfish.
The two-person/one-boy-plus-small-white-dog HP Sport Sub 2 is a "high-performance submersible ready to fit onboard any superyacht... from 30 metres and up", though more prosaically it can also be towed behind a car. U-Boat Worx describes it as a “subsea-Ferrari”, so maybe haul it behind your actual Ferrari.
Just 136cm high, with a 6.6 sq m footprint, and weighing 2,200kg, the beast can plunge down to 100 metres. And though it was designed principally not as a sub but to add extra fun to diving into your own personal sea that you have had made from poor childrens' tears, it will stay down there for up to six hours. You'll barely notice the time pass, thanks to luxury leather seats and air conditioning.
Latter-day Captain Nemo and U-Boat Worx founder Bert Houtman says, "The design is attractive, but above all, safe and functional. We've adopted a very different look compared to traditional submersibles, but without compromising safety and ease of use, with the ability to easily board the craft at the surface, for example."
U-Boat Worx, which has been researching and making personal subs since the 1980s, promises, "A modern and streamlined submersible with fantastic performance. Whether at the surface or underwater, its speed and maneuverability are exceptional." That's thanks to six thrusters, with the option of control from the surface or by the craft's "driver".
The HP Sport Sub 2 by U-Boat Worx costs €1,000,000 - so no more than the price of a studio flat in Brixton - and that includes necessary training and certification. Low maintenance costs are promised, as well as 24/7 support. Production models are scheduled for delivery for the autumn of 2015. As oligarch toys go, it's hard to beat.
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