Photo credit: Elena Nappi
Superyachts are nothing new, but Carapace by naval architect Elena Nappi is the first we’ve seen that doubles as a functional submarine. You read that right, this hybrid-powered vessel measures 256-feet and looks like a normal boat at first, but at the push of a button, it becomes a submarine that can dive to depths of 985 feet for up to 10 days. When you’re not diving, there are plenty of amenities to keep you occupied, including a beach club and pool. Read more for additional pictures and information.
What sets Carapace apart from other superyachts is its completely sealed light aluminum superstructure that keeps all three-levels safe and dry when submerged. Power comes from a diesel-electric and fuel cell powerplant good for a top speed of 16 knots on the surface or 12 knots in submarine mode. Whether it be the lounge, large dining room, bar, spa or health club, these spaces double as viewing areas when underwater.
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. 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 superyacht market,” said Nappi to CNN.