There are all sorts of watercraft activities that are based on aquatic fun and adventure. A nice, leisurely run on a lake on a fishing boat. A ride on a bigger lake on a speedier boat or a zooming ride on a jetski. Skiing behind a fast-moving boat or parasailing. How about traveling in a submarine though? Not possible unless you happen to be in the military, right? Well, if you have a lot of money, you would be wrong as U-Boat Worx is in the business of submersibles.
One of the latest models is the U-Boat Worx Sport Sub 2. It is perfect for launching from your 30 meter or bigger yacht or from a trailer directly. The Sport Sub 2 comfortably seats two people and can travel on the water surface or underneath it for a leisurely six hours. It is capable of making a dive to a depth of 100 meters, or about 330 feet and weighs in at a little under 5,000 pounds.
If you wondered what it was like to control a video game vehicle in real life, you get somewhat of that feel due to the controls. The controller is a gaming style controller with dual joysticks, giving you the feel of your character in a submersible come to life. The bright and shiny red paint job really gives the sporty look along with the sleek design.
The compact two-seater has an acrylic-steel pressure hull and electric thrusters. It runs on a lithium-ion battery system. Inside, the Sport Sub 2 has two comfortable seats, a touch screen interface, air-conditioning, depth finder, imaging sonar, navigation system, communications system, and the MANTA controller means that your passenger can take the controls and steer for a while.
The U-Boat Worx HP Sport Sub 2 is based on the already proven platform from their previous models, such as the C-Explorer and C-Quester. Although the HP Sport Sub 2 is shown a certain way, do not think that you cannot have your own specifications considered. Each submersible is built to the individual customer’s order aside from the rigid specifications required by the International Maritime Organization and the qualifications it must meet to get DNV GL classification tests. After all, they must be safe.
Typically, once you order your HP Sport Sub 2, it takes anywhere from 4 months to 1 year to complete. It has to be built and tested thoroughly, which is part of the reason it takes so long to complete one. For the HP Sport Sub 2, you can expect to pay around $1.25 million, but what is that if you have a super yacht already?
There three dealers in the world as of right now, one in France, one in the U.S. (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), and one in Southeast Asia, Malaysia specifically. The company is looking to expand into other parts of the world as far as authorized dealers go, but considering the quality they have displayed and maintained, U-Boat Worx will not be disappearing any time in the foreseeable future.