Now you can buy your own submarine

It’s amazing how stories like this leap out at me since I wrote a novel set on an ocean world:

The world’s first personal submarines have been launched with a price tag of £65,000.

A Dutch firm is selling the world's first personal submarines with prices starting at £65,000 /U-Boat Worx

Dutch designers claim the subs will make owners feel like they are “flying through the water”.

The one-seater version is 9ft long, and the 11ft model seats two. Owners who really want to impress can get go-faster stripes and custom paint jobs.

The tiny C-Quester can dive to 50 metres and cruise beneath the waves at up to four knots using electric-propelled thrusters.

It can stay underwater for two-and-ahalf hours straight or 36 hours in the event of an emergency.

The vessel’s high-strength pressure hull allows the pilot to submerge in a totally dry cockpit and surface straight from the maximum depth without risk of decompression problems.

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    • Edward Willett on February 9, 2007 at 4:56 pm
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    And more importantly, without Jar-Jar Binks.

    • Ian H. on February 9, 2007 at 4:55 pm
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    They look like that submarine from Star Wars Episode 1, except without the spinning seaweed propeller…

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