If you’ve ever been on a cruise with booze and thought “I wish there was less access to fresh air”, this one’s for you! Dutch underwater company U-Boat Worx has announced a huge new underwater entertainment venue that can accommodate up to 120 guests, plus a full crew and catering staff.
With a colossal 150 m² (1,615 sq ft) of reconfigurable floor space, the “Underwater Entertainment Platform, or UWEP, is designed as a true entertainment space that can be configured as an underwater restaurant. -marine, a casino, a wedding venue, an illuminati meeting room or whatever you want.
It has to be one of the most spacious submarine models we have seen. In fact, maybe it’s the the most spacious submarine design we have ever seen. It is 35.1 m (115 ft) long, 7.7 m (25 ft) wide and 7 m (23 ft) high, with 14 huge acrylic windows 4.5 m in diameter (14.8 ft) to watch, and the exterior is adorned with high-intensity lighting to give everyone a clear view of what’s going on outside.
This thing is so huge that the sections forward and aft are split into two tiers – the upper being a stage-like area for extra seating, and the lower sections hiding the pilot’s compartment up front. and a catering kitchen and five bathrooms there are. If the floor seating isn’t fancy enough to make your biggest wigs feel special enough, the bar can be configured with a VIP lounge above, so they can get the exclusive treatment they’ve grown accustomed to.
The UWEP’s steel pressure hull allows it to go down to 200m (650ft) below the surface, which isn’t a huge depth in the scheme of things, but it’s more than deep enough to really feel like you’re not in Kansas anymore. It is a fully electric vehicle, with four 80 kW (107 hp) horizontal thrusters and four 40 kW (54 hp) vertical thrusters to assist the ballast and buoyancy systems. Top speed is 3 knots (3.5 mph/5.6 km/h) on the surface and 2.5 knots (2.9 mph/4.6 km/h) underwater, so we don’t recommend not to use it as an evacuation vehicle.
Interestingly, U-Boat Worx uses “high capacity lead-acid” batteries for the massive 1.2 megawatt-hour underfloor battery. That’s enough power, the company says, for rides of up to 18 hours, or several shorter between charges – and a separate backup battery will keep critical systems online for 96 hours if things go well. of pear.
The sheer size of this thing should make it one of the least claustrophobic submarines ever built – assuming of course it’s built. We can’t think of many others we’ve seen with nice spiral staircases at the entrance and exit instead of ladders. And it’s also designed with a huge deck up top for when it surfaces, although there are large bubble windows dotted along the roof, so you’d want to think twice about standing next to it. one of those in a short dress.
It’s a pretty overwhelming vehicle, really, and mind blowing to think how much it would cost to even rent event space, let alone what U-Boat Worx will charge buyers. If your pockets are shallower, the company will also sell shorter 27.1m (89ft) versions with two-thirds of the floor space, accommodating up to 80 guests plus crew and staff.
Source: U-Boat Worx