‘Below Deck’: What Would a Yacht Submarine Be Like?

As Below Deck fans wait for the newest luxury sailing installment in the franchise, what are other options for the show? Although a yacht that transforms into a submarine isn’t in the mainstream yet, it could be the next luxurious way to travel by sea.

'Flying Fox', one of the top 20 largest superyachts in the world, anchors in Fethiye district of Mugla, Turkey
‘Flying Fox’, one of the top 20 largest superyachts in the world, anchors in Fethiye district of Mugla, Turkey |Soner Aydin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Created from the imagination of Italian-based naval architect Elena Nappi, this yacht submarine allows guests and crew to explore 985 feet below. Beyond the deep dive, this yacht-sub also provides the same luxurious environment as the superyachts seen on Below Deck.

Nappi told CNN the vessel is the “new class of mega yachts.” The experience is designed to marry the intimacy of a superyacht with “the ‘privacy’ of immersion navigation.” While this vessel isn’t likely to be seen at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show just yet, it could be a new way for the wealthy to travel.

A unique take on the standard superyacht

Nappi sees a number of unique opportunities in superyacht design. “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,” she shared with CNN in a statement.

A yacht that turns into a submarine would certainly be a unique experience. “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,” she continued.

Nappi designed “Carapace.” The yacht sub “would be powered by a diesel-electric and fuel cell system, is designed to have a light aluminum superstructure that measures 256 feet in length,” according to CNN.

Luxury all the way for guests

Designers would like to see the yacht-sub have all the same luxurious amenities as the superyachts seen today. This would include three deck levels. But also some of the “must-haves” like VIP cabins. Also a lounge, a spa, a bar, and even a health club.

One of the main drivers behind the yacht-sub was to provide significant privacy for its guests. Nappi envisions the vessel being the desired vehicle for business meetings. She shared the vessel would provide “complete secrecy.” Of course, a vessel like this won’t be inexpensive. CNN estimates the yacht-sub would cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Unfortunately, the cool new vessel is only in the conceptualization stages. And Nappi isn’t optimistic yacht owners could see the vessel on the market any time soon. “If we make a comparison with the automotive sector, it is not hard to understand that the road to this type of boat is still very far away,”  she said. “The first electric car was built in 1884 and is only on the market today, so it is impossible to think that a harness like this could be put on the market before 100 years.”