The U-Boat Worx Nautilus concept is both a superyacht and a submarine
Dutch builder U-Boat Worx has provided the very first images of the U-Boat Worx Nautilus concept, a project in partnership with design firm Officina Armare. The superyacht-submarine has a mind blowing interior that was inspired by classic science fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.
The 123-foot U-Boat Worx Nautilus concept is intended to function as both a private yacht and a fully equipped submarine. It’s built with a diesel-electric propulsion system that enables it to cruise at up to nine knots over the ocean or move at four knots underwater.
“People that have decided to buy a yacht will now have to consider if their vessel of choice can also dive down to 150 meters,” stated U-Boat Worx CEO Bert Houtman. “If the sea becomes too rough, you simply dive and continue your voyage in comfort. With the Nautilus, the yachting market will never be the same again.”
According to U-Boat Worx, the 1,250-ton hybrid superyacht-submarine can travel 3,200 nautical miles and dive to a depth of 656 feet. Although it can cruise under the waves for only six hours at a time, it can stay underwater for up to four days.
“Our goal has always been to share the wonders of the underwater world with people in the safest, most luxurious, and comfortable way possible,” Houtman continued. “The Nautilus is the realization of that vision.”
Inside the dreamy U-Boat Worx Nautilus concept, there’s a stunning master cabin with a separate ensuite bathroom and a walk-in closet available. In addition, there will be four guest rooms with beds located in front of underwater windows, desks with designer chairs, designer rugs on the floors, wardrobes, and shower bathrooms.
Passengers will be able to mingle and watch movies on a big flat-screen TV with surround sound at the central saloon. Additional windows allow for even more underwater gazing, but those on board can go to the expansive, 50 square meter panoramic Mezzanine Observation Lounge for even more sights.
A bar, lounge, and jacuzzi are all included on the yacht’s enormous sundeck, which is available when on the surface of the water. It’s safe to say this section is retracted before the sub sinks below. A brand-new, pressure-resistant electrical tender is also on board, named the Aronnax. Five mariners can be transported by the Aronnax to locations for underwater diving. While the superyacht-submarine is diving, the dayboat is kept outside and stowed beneath the aft deck.
At a price of around $24.5 million, the U-Boat Worx Nautilus concept can be delivered within 30 months, according to the company. “We invite you to come and experience the thrill of underwater exploration for yourself, on board this one-of-a-kind vessel,” Houtman added.