If you’ve got ever gone out on a booze cruise and thought “gee, I wish there was less access to fresh air,” this one’s for you! Dutch submarine firm U-Boat Worx has introduced an infinite new underwater leisure venue for as much as 120 visitors plus a full crew and catering employees.
With a colossal 150 sq m (1,615 sq ft) of reconfigurable floorspace, the “Under Water Entertainment Platform, or UWEP, is conceived as a proper entertainment space that can be set up as an underwater restaurant, casino, wedding venue, illuminati meeting room or whatever else you’d like.
This has to be one of the most spacious submarine designs we’ve seen. In fact, it might be the most spacious submarine design we’ve ever seen. A massive 35.1 m (115 ft) long, it’s also 7.7 m (25 ft) wide and 7 m (23 ft) tall, with 14 enormous, 4.5-m (14.8-ft)-diameter acrylic windows to look out of, and the exterior is festooned with high-intensity lighting to give everyone a clear view of what’s happening outside.
This factor is so large that the sections on the entrance and rear are break up into two ranges – the higher being a stage-like space for further seating, and the decrease sections hiding the pilot’s compartment on the entrance and a catering kitchen and 5 loos on the rear. If the ground seating is not fancy sufficient to make your largest wigs really feel sufficiently particular, the bar might be configured with a VIP lounge on prime of it, to allow them to obtain the unique therapy to which they’ve develop into accustomed.
The UWEP’s metal stress hull permits it down so far as 200 m (650 ft) below the floor, which is not an enormous depth within the scheme of issues, however it’s greater than deep sufficient to actually really feel such as you’re not in Kansas any extra. This is a wholly electrical automobile, with 4 80-kW (107-hp) horizontal thrusters and 4 40-kW (54-hp) vertical thrusters to help the ballast and buoyancy techniques. Top velocity is a really leisurely 3 knots (3.5 mph/5.6 km/h) on the floor, 2.5 knots (2.9 mph/4.6 km/h) underwater, so we would not advocate utilizing it as an escape automobile.
Interestingly, U-Boat Worx goes with “high capacity lead-acid” batteries for the big 1.2 megawatt-hour underfloor battery pack. This is sufficient energy, the corporate says, for journeys as much as 18 hours lengthy, or a number of shorter ones between expenses – and a separate emergency battery will preserve essential techniques on-line for 96 hours if issues go pear-shaped.
The sheer dimension of this factor ought to make it one of many least claustrophobic submarines ever constructed – assuming after all that it does get constructed. We cannot consider many others we have seen with nice-looking spiral staircases on the entry and exit as an alternative of ladders. And it is also designed with an enormous deck up prime for when it surfaces, though there are massive bubble home windows dotted alongside the roof, so that you’d need to suppose twice earlier than standing subsequent to a kind of in a brief costume.
It’s a fairly overwhelming automobile, actually, and the thoughts boggles to consider how a lot it’d even price to lease as an occasion house, not to mention what U-Boat Worx can be charging patrons. Should your pockets be on the shallower finish, the corporate will even be promoting shorter 27.1-m (89-ft) variations with two-thirds the ground house, for as much as 80 visitors plus crew and employees.
Source: U-Boat Worx