U-Boat Worx Discuss Underwater Exploration

By Paul Joseph

There was a time when underwater crafts were restricted to scientific and military purposes only, but in recent years the market for consumer-owned submersibles has exploded.

One company at the vanguard of this trend is Holland-based manufacturer U-Boat Worx, creators of some of the world’s most technologically advanced private submarines.

We sat down with Marlynda Elstgeest, U-Boat Worx’ Business Development Director, at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show to find out more.

“These are specifically designed for private use,” she said. “We have a few different types and at this show we have launched a superyacht sub, which is specifically designed for the superyachts and megayachts.

“It is more than a toy, because it does go to 300 metres so it’s quite a serious toy. It starts at €1.5 million euros, that’s the type that goes to 100 metres, and then the 200 metre types will be around €1.7 million and 300 metres around €1.8 million.

“It’s quite compact, it’s 3,750kg. It accommodates three people – one pilot and two guests. [An owner] does have to have his pilot course training but we do that together with the owner if he wants to or if he assigned a captain.

“Currently we are actually quite busy, especially after this show, but usually it’s about 8-12 months when we can deliver it, depending on what kind of options or the type of submersible people would like.”

You can watch the full video interview with Ms Elstgeest above this article.

By Paul Joseph