The Luxury Yacht That Turns Into A Submarine
By Tamara Hardingham-Gill.
It looks like something straight out of a James Bond movie, but this concept might just signal that the future of superyachts is sub-aquatic. Dreamed up by Italian-based naval architect Elena Nappi, the hybrid vessel can travel on both the surface of the sea and underwater.
Known as the “Carapace,” it submerges to a depth of 985 feet for up to 10 days at a time, offering amazing views of marine life.
Nappi, who came up with the innovative concept after years of nautical experimentation research, says it represents a “new class of mega yachts,” bringing together the cosiness of luxury yachts and the “privacy” of immersion navigation. “The world of luxury submarines is one of the last frontiers in the field of experimentation, and perhaps the hybrid will be the language of the future,” Nappi says in a statement.
“Very often yacht owners are looking for original solutions to be able to offer their friends and their family something special, and certainly that of a diving cruise of this type is something unprecedented in the super yacht market.”
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