The world around us is incredibly beautiful, and for a lifetime, we will find places that are all more stunning and gorgeous than the previous one. Nevertheless, the underwater world is also incredibly limitless and beautiful. If you really want to find out what lies beneath, there can be few better ways of doing it than jumping inside this amazing new $5.5million submersible.
The submarine, designed by Florida-based marine engineering firm Triton Submarines, features the world’s largest transparent, spherical passenger compartment – 2.5 m (100 in) in diameter – that offers an incredible view of spectacularly immersive underwater.
Called Triton 3300/6, it comfortably seats six people – a pilot and five passengers and offers unobstructed views with its 360-degree windows. For the ultimate in comfort, the TRITON 3300/6 can be configured to accommodate four passengers. Equally impressive is its ability to dive, as the 3300/6 is capable of diving to any depth, let alone 1,000 meters (3,300 feet).
Uniquely for a 1,000 meter-rated submersible, it can be deployed using standard tender lifting arrangements – greatly reducing the handling head-height typically required from such a capable submersible. It is obviously opening up a world of wonders for guests who can comfortably enjoy every moment in the five cubic meters of the spacious interior.
Inside, passengers will enjoy generous amounts of head, shoulder, elbow, and leg room thanks not only to the incredible size of the hull but also to the team’s fastidious approach to packaging and ergonomics. The cabin also has air conditioning, lighting, and control buttons – these are packaged below and behind the passenger seats, prioritizing the comfort and sight-lines for all. At the rear of the cabin and immediately below the hatch, the Pilot’s seat converts into access stairs, offering a comfortable, raked descent down to your seat.
Once inside, passengers will enjoy plush seating replete with fine leathers and hand-finished upholstery. The chairs’ position and layout ensure everyone enjoys a nearly 360-degree view and, importantly, that they all share the same view as one another and the Pilot-Guide. It has the six or more banks of 20,000-lumen LEDs.
The Triton 3300/6 moves at a maximum speed of 3 knots (5.5 km/h) thanks to four propellers of combined efficiency of 50 kW, while the lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 45 kWh ensure the autonomy of more than 10 hours. Weighing some 11,000 kg (24,300 lb) and measuring 4.55 m (14.9 ft) long, the TRITON 3300/6 may be stored, launched, and recovered from within a standard tender garage.
The price of this incredible Triton 3300/6 reaches $5.5million (£4.1million). As we mentioned at the beginning, dealing with the sea requires sacrifices!