U-Boat Worx C-Explorer 5 | €1.9 million | www.uboatworx.com
what could put a glee on an ordinary grown man’s face? perhaps, everything that ranges from autos, gadgets, women and the likes. basically, things that are easily within grasp with some patience, coaxing and/or a bit of saving. now. what could make a filthy rich dude gleaming with excitement? we are not quite sure but we think a Maybach Excelero that looks like a Gotham City ride might or perhaps an underwater ride like the U-Boat Worx C-Explorer 5 would. we should think the latter would be a better option. why wouldn’t it be? any rich dude have cars but a personal submarine that cost a prohibitive sum of €1.9 million (about US$2.4 million)? hardly. billed as “the world’s first subsea limousine”, the C-Explorer is designed with yacht-owners and resorts in mind but if you have millions to throw around (and strangely, yet don’t have a yacht), nobody is going to stop you from taking the dive. designed to accommodate up to four passengers and a pilot, presumably comfortably cos’ it is after a ‘limousine’, the C-Explorer 5’s pressurized acrylic-and-steel hull construction enables it to dive to a depth of 300 meters (1,000 feet) and achieve an undersurface top speed of 3 knots (that’s a relaxing 5.5 km/h or 3.5 mph on land).
other key features include a patent-pending smart deflatable ballast tanks system, air-condition system, a full 360-degree acrylic pressure hull for a spectacular underwater view, touchscreen interface and alarm handling system, emergency releasable buoy, single sideband underwater communication set and echosounder. this underwater craft is propelled horizontally and vertically by two pairs of 2.0-kilowatt thrusters, juiced by a standard 21.6 kWh battery pack that offers up to 8 hours of operational autonomy. of course, that’s not all this subsea limo has: it can do more with optional extras such as additional thrusters for lateral movement, outfitting it with external manipulator arm for underwater foraging and stuff, plus imaging sonar, LED lights and a HD video camera to make your amateur underwater exploration a fun one. there’s even an option to add a tethered remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for snooping into areas where this gentle giant can’t access. well, what can we say? if you have the money, nearly any mortal pleasures are mortally attainable.