Triton Submarines, the leading maker of sleek personal diving vessels (the company even did a collaborative sub design with Aston Martin) brings the reality of a private Jacques Cousteau-like experience one more fathom down with the first delivery of its TRITON 3300/6 model. And the list of innovations is enviable.
The acrylic-hulled diver sports the largest capacity in the personal submersible world, accommodating a driver and up to 5 guests for explorations up to a certified depth of 3,300 feet. The spherical passenger compartment is over 100 inches in diameter and carries over 175 cubic feet of interior space; on par with a six-passenger private jet.
But beyond safety, security and the promise of stunning undersea views, an owner and group can expect a nice degree of interior luxury, of course. Expect comfortable club-class leather seating and ample options for bespoke livery (this first-delivered unit is cloaked in a bright, seaworthy Tiffany Blue). But it is the sheer scale of passengers allowed and a thoughtful design and layout that encourages socializing and a true shared undersea experience that sets the TRITON 3300/6 apart.
Triton’s Principal Designer John Ramsay said that after some focus on creating sub projects that introduced category-breaking technologies, it was a “welcome return to designing another milestone submersible. This time, the focus was very much more on luxury and the guest experience rather than extreme depth. I’m particularly proud of the level of comfort and space we have achieved in a submersible that is less than 50 percent heavier than our 3-person equivalent…a new lifting system for the widely adopted overhead gantry cranes, [is] a critical factor in integrating this unit with a wide range of mega-yacht garages.”
The TRITON 3300/6 is the twelfth submersible delivered by the company that has been certified for an operational depth of 1,000m or beyond. The designers worked closely alongside the owner’s team to integrate the submersible and support systems onboard the 466-foot Lürssen host vessel.
“We are extremely grateful to the owner for providing us the opportunity to build this first TRITON 3300/6, and share his pride in the astonishing final results,” said Triton’s President Patrick Lahey. “While we delivered a 24-passenger submersible earlier this year to be employed in the commercial tourism sector, the delivery of the TRITON 3300/6 represents the first of several 6-, 7- and 9-person Triton models you’ll see delivered in the near future.”
Max. depth: 3,300 feet
Dimensions: 14.9 ft. long, 11.8 ft wide, 7.9 ft. high
Crew: Pilot plus 5 passenges
Speed: 3 knots
Propulsion: Two 12.5 kW main thrusters, two 12.5kW vertran thrusters with joystick, touchscreen and manual override controls
Air source: Oxygen tanks and CO2 scrubber
Mission Length: 10-plus hours
Price: On request, but the smaller 3-person sister model starts at about $3 million, triton.com