FOR the discerning billionaire bored of superyachts, there’s another flashy toy available – a luxury private submarine.
On offer is a massive 928-foot ship that can carry 80 guests and features its own helicopter, swimming pool, and Bond villain-style mini-submarines.
In comparison, the largest submarine in the world is the Russian Navy’s Belgorod, which is 604 feet long, while the British HMS Astute is only 313 feet long.
Roman Abramovich’s boring old surface superyacht Eclipse is 533ft, while the longest in the world is the 590ft Azzam, reportedly owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, President of the United Arab Emirates.
The range of private submarine superyachts from Migaloo are able to do anything their military counterparts can – except sink ships or launch nuclear missiles.
They can dive to 1500 feet and stay there for weeks, with the designers even boasting that they can sail under the Arctic.
The company offers a range of subs including the Migaloo M7 and M5, which are the fanciest and most expensive on offer.
The ships can be used either as private superyachts or as liveaboard cruisers to explore the oceans.
Depending on the configuration, the submarines can carry up to 80 passengers and 50 crew members to look after them.
Christian Gumpold – the founder and CEO of Migaloo – said the reported £1.6 billion price was close to the mark.
“We believe that a private sub will be the most exclusive and expensive thing a person can own,” he told The Sun Online.
“We are the only company in the world offering private submarines the size of a superyacht.”
He said superyacht owners are becoming “younger” and “want even more exceptional and individual designs”.
“They are ready to have something really new and unique that has never been designed or built before – a ‘normal’ surface yacht isn’t that interesting to them – a private submarine is.
“We have a very deep knowledge of the yachting industry and a thorough understanding of ultra high net worth individuals as well as billionaires.
“We are very sensitive to trends and we believe submersible superyachts are the future of sailing.”
Gumpold said the private submarine adds a whole new dimension to ocean exploration.
“Of course we find our private submarines a lot of fun,” he said.
“Yachts are limited in terms of features, design, and opportunities for entertainment or exploration.
“A submarine offers a whole new lifestyle when traveling or staying underwater and exploring new worlds or showing off in front of friends or family.
“Travel in rough seas is possible – simply dive in and travel safely and soundly below the waterline.”
Aside from their sleek design, it’s the onboard amenities that set the submarines apart as a billionaire’s toy.
There is space on board for multiple jet skis and other dive boats to keep guests entertained, as well as a movie theater, gym, bars, pool, hot tubs, and underwater viewing rooms.
The submarines can also carry two 52-foot six-person mini-submarines and a hangar-packed helicopter.
On the surface, the ship becomes a playground for its wealthy passengers, with areas opening up to create decks for swimming and entertaining.
The staterooms are of course all luxuriously appointed and the owner resides in a 22,000 square foot luxurious suite that sits on a private deck.
There is also a fully equipped infirmary and surgery in case one of the passengers falls ill.
The submarine is built to US Navy safety standards, featuring double hull protection with rescue systems and the mini submarines available in an emergency.
The longer M7 can travel at 38.6 mph on the surface and 24 mph underwater, with the M5 being slightly slower, but they are not nuclear powered and instead have a diesel-electric propulsion system.
So far, the design remains a concept, and no billionaire has come forward to splash for any of the subs.
At the moment, designs by Austrian company Migaloo are still on the drawing board, but there is hope that a tycoon will place an order.
Just in case, they offer direct customers to shipyards in Germany that make the dream come true.
While a private submarine is pretty impressive, it pales in comparison to a nuclear-powered “flying hotel.”
The incredible aircraft comes complete with a gym and swimming pool and could carry 5,000 passengers in unparalleled luxury.
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