Shinkai, the 54.9-meter vessel which is currently undergoing final outfitting at the Feadship yard in Aalsmeer in the Netherlands, is going to become the world’s first superyacht designed around a submersible. The ice-class explorer yacht will be accommodating a new U-Boat Worx C-Researcher 3 which is already in the possession of the yacht’s owner.
Shinkai – meaning ‘Deep Sea’ in Japanese – will be fitted with a man-riding crane installed on the aft deck to deploy and retrieve the 6.9-ton submarine. Built by the largest private submarine supplier in the world U-Boat Worx, the C-Researcher 3 can dive to depths of 480-meters and remain submerged for up to 16 hours. The innovative submersible offers a rare glimpse of squid, krill, jellies, and rare types of fish.
The C-Researcher 3 is also the world’s first submersible fitted with an elevator to lower passengers into their seats. All U-Boat Worx subs have a single lifting point, which allows for safe and quick launch and recovery. The ruby-red submersible features an air-conditioned, acrylic hull with a grey leather interior.
Feadship’s explorer yacht will be able to travel the world while remaining both self-sufficient and fuel-efficient. Her steel hull has been built to ice class and includes an innovative WASSP sonar system that allows exploring the ocean floor. For the first time on a yacht of this size, a gyroscope system has been fitted within the hull, with the tank deck arranged to enable traditional stabilizers to be installed later if needed.