U-Boat Worx has created some excellent submersibles in the past, from recreational subs for small groups to deep sea diving ones for researchers. The U-Boat Worx Nemo is their newest recreational submersible and it just might be the most convenient one to ever own yet.
Measuring just 110 x 92 x 61 inches (length x width x height), the watercraft is the smallest the outfit has ever produced. You know how submersibles typically make their home in large yachts, since the darn things are impractical to keep anywhere else? That changes here, with the sub being small enough to find room in most garages and tow behind a car, making it as easy to transport and store as a personal watercraft.
The U-Boat Worx Nemo is a two-person submersible that takes on the familiar styling of the outfit’s underwater vehicles, putting a transparent pressurized hull in the center that gives both driver and passenger a clear view both front and sides of all the secrets that lie beneath the surface of the ocean. It weighs just 5,510 pounds and stands five feet tall, all while being just a tad wider than the biggest jet skis out there. Despite the smaller size, this thing should let just do that just as well as any of the outfit’s previous watercrafts whether you’re searching for pirate treasure, hunting for a mermaid wife, or just trying to impress the date by taking her to an underwater adventure.
Unlike their previous submersibles, though, this one can be safely parked on any flat surface without the need for a cradle or a crane, allowing you to push it out of a trailer into the sand as soon as you get to the beach. While it can still be deployed using a crane via the single lifting point up top, the sub can also hit the water directly from a boat ramp or even from land, so you can push the darn thing out the trailer onto the sand, then push it straight to the water.
The U-Boat Worx Nemo can dive down to depths of up to 330 feet, all while being propelled underwater by four electrical thrusters at speeds of up to 3 knots (3.45 mph), so you can take your time enjoying the view instead of scaring yourself silly blasting through the water at high speeds. While underwater, the vehicle can be set to hover in place and stem strong currents, allowing you to wait in the same spot where you saw the saltwater Bigfoot pass by last time. You can keep it running in the water for up to eight hours at a time.
When piloting the sub, you operate it using the Manta controller, a handheld pad that lets you maneuver the darn thing using joysticks and buttons, similar to the way you operate vehicles on your favorite game console. Designed to make piloting a far easier affair, it comes with automated functions, such as auto-heading and auto-depth, allowing pilots to focus more on driving the watercraft, rather than getting bogged down on technical details.
The U-Boat Worx Nemo is priced at €975,000.