This 120-person luxury submarine is the ultimate destination wedding
Few things are worse than being invited to a destination wedding, but U-Boat Worx, a company known for its private submarines which seem perfect for Bond villains, intends to build a huge sub designed specifically to accommodate large parties below water, like a destination wedding that might actually be pretty fun.
When we last checked in with U-Boat Worx, the Dutch company revealed a unique looking submarine called the Nexus, which is built around a bulbous “transparent elliptical pressure hull” that offers up to nine passengers unobstructed views of depths over 650 feet below the ocean surface. Our only complaint with the Nexus, besides never being able to afford it, was the relatively cramped quarters inside. Passengers didn’t have much legroom, but that’s a problem that U-Boat Worx solves with its new UWEP.
Nexus is a much cooler name for an underwater than UWEP, but it’s actually an acronym for Under Water Entertainment Platform, which is self-explanatory, but not that cool. Fortunately, the submarine itself is. UWEP is 115 feet long, 25 feet wide, and 23 feet high, creating over 1,600 square feet of usable floor space inside that can be reconfigured for parties, float casinos, and even wedding receptions that can accommodate 12o passengers. However, this number should also include the ship’s crew as well as any personnel required for the event, such as caterers.
Powered by a 1.2 megawatt-hour battery hidden under the hall floor that allows the sub to run for up to 18 hours on one charge, the UWEP can reach a top speed of nearly 3 MPH underwater and dive to depths of approximately 650 feet. Crucially, it will also offer guests a view of the murky depths through 14 windows measuring almost 15 feet in diameter each. Should anything catastrophic happen to the submarine during an excursion, it also features a backup power system that keeps critical systems powered up and running for 96 hours, or four full days, ensuring the safety of occupants until rescue.
Massive underwater floodlights ensure there’s still something to see outside UWEP’s windows when the sun goes down, but for those guests who need a breath of fresh air or who want to take advantage of the night sky, the top of the sub doubles as a spacious saloon with safety railings. . Of course, I wouldn’t advise exploring the upper deck unless the sub has surfaced.
Although UWEP feels squarely targeted at the world’s billionaires, many of the company’s submarines are bought by companies and places like tropical resorts, who use them to take tourists on paid excursions, which which helps to significantly offset the cost that U-Boat Worx does not. don’t disclose. But will we now also see a well-funded Instagrammer take the whole idea of van life to new depths by converting one of them into a submersible home?