It is an odd time to be launching anything, submarine included. But here it is, the new personal submarine from U-Boat Worx, Nemo. Clearly, this ain’t no Captain Nemo’s Nautilus, but I am sure the fictional undersea explorer will be proud. Though he would probably not approve a 2-seater sub.
Anywho… sporting an ultra-modern design, sharp lines, hydrodynamic form, and driven by 4 silent 5.5 kW electric thrusters, this 2,500 kilograms (about 5,510 lbs) persona sub has an optimal power-to-weight ratio.
Nemo is capable of a depth rating of 100 meters (330 feet) and said electric thrusters allows it up to 3 knots of underwater cruising while an onboard battery system affords up to 8 hours of operation.
At 2,500 kilograms, it is the lightest manned submersible ever built. That, along with its compact size that is smaller than two jet-skis side-by-side, makes it totally towable by a car on a trailer – just like you would with a small boat.
Other notables include a fully acrylic pressurized hull, transparent nosecones, octagonal thruster ducts, car-like stern that makes it worthy as the sports car of underwater world, and a perfect of blend of high-tech and stylish interior.
For Nemo, U-Boat Worx has developed two universal controllers for its operation: MANTA and MARLIN.
MANTA Controller allows for in-vehicle precision maneuvering, bestowing intuitive controls on you. MARLIN Controller, on the other hand, is a wireless remote that allows you to maneuver Nemo outside of the vehicle while on the surface for the purpose of, say for example, navigating away from a support vessel.
Nemo sure sounds all too sci-fi and yet, it is as real as you and me. But this reality of underwater adventure comes at an extreme cost which you are looking at €975,000 plus tax, or about $1.06+ million based on today’s going rate.
All images courtesy of U-Boat Worx.