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U-Boat Worx launches its C-Explorer 5 submarine in Monaco

U-Boat Worx launches its C-Exp...
U-Boat Worx has launched its new C-Explorer 5 model
U-Boat Worx has launched its new C-Explorer 5 model
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A back view of the C-Explorer 5
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A back view of the C-Explorer 5
The C-Explorer 5 at its launch in Monaco
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The C-Explorer 5 at its launch in Monaco
A front view of the C-Explorer 5
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A front view of the C-Explorer 5
Intended mainly for use by yacht-owners and at resorts, the air-conditioned C-Explorer 5 can accommodate four passengers, plus a pilot
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Intended mainly for use by yacht-owners and at resorts, the air-conditioned C-Explorer 5 can accommodate four passengers, plus a pilot
The C-Explorer 5's high-capacity lithium-ion batteries allow it to maintain operational autonomy for a claimed eight hours, with the option of upgrading to 16
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The C-Explorer 5's high-capacity lithium-ion batteries allow it to maintain operational autonomy for a claimed eight hours, with the option of upgrading to 16
U-Boat Worx has launched its new C-Explorer 5 model
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U-Boat Worx has launched its new C-Explorer 5 model
There is currently no price listed for the submarine, although back when its development was first announced in 2010, a projected figure of €966,000 (about US$1.2 million) was given
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There is currently no price listed for the submarine, although back when its development was first announced in 2010, a projected figure of €966,000 (about US$1.2 million) was given
A view from inside the C-Explorer 5
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A view from inside the C-Explorer 5

Dutch submarine manufacturer U-Boat Worx has been developing it over the past two years, but this September at the 22nd Monaco Yacht Show, it was finally launched – the C-Explorer 5, which the company describes as “the world’s first subsea limousine.”

Intended mainly for use by yacht-owners and at resorts, the air-conditioned CE5 (as it’s known for short) can accommodate four passengers, plus a pilot. Its pressurized acrylic-and-steel hull allows it to descend to a maximum depth of 300 meters (1,000 feet), where it can manage a top speed of 3 knots.

Its high-capacity lithium-ion batteries allow it to maintain operational autonomy for a claimed eight hours, with the option of upgrading to 16 – if things go wrong below the surface, it can maintain life support for 96 hours. Horizontal and vertical propulsion are handled by two pairs of 2-kilowatt thrusters, plus buyers can opt for two more 1.2-kilowatt models to aid in lateral movement.

A view from inside the C-Explorer 5
A view from inside the C-Explorer 5

Some other optional extras include an external manipulator arm, imaging sonar, LED lights, an HD video camera, and even a tethered remote-operated vehicle for checking out areas that the CE5 itself can’t squeeze into.

Should you want a C-Explorer 5 of your own, however, be prepared to pay €1.9 million (about US$2.4 million). If that seems a little pricey, you can always check out the company’s existing smaller models, the C-Explorers 2 and 3, and the C-Quester subs.

Source: U-Boat Worx

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