This superyacht feature transports passengers underwater in minutes

(CNN) – The idea of ​​moving to an observation platform and being transported to the ocean in a matter of minutes seems rather fantastic.

However, superyacht owners may soon be able to do this thanks to a new design that provides an “immersive viewing experience” for up to seven people on board.

The Hydrosphere concept can be developed from the hull of the boat, immersing the owner and his guests in the ocean environment.

Described as a place “to share magical moments and immerse yourself quickly”, its designers say it offers an experience close to the experience of diving in a submarine.

Immersed viewing experience

A rendition of the latest Gresham Yacht Design philosophy, which immerses boat passengers underwater.

Design by Gresham Yacht

The unveiling of this new idea by Gresham Yacht Design comes as the demand for personal submarines increases.

Last year, Florida-based luxury submarine Triton Submarines delivered the first six-person acrylic submarine capable of diving 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) and the same company sold a 24-seater submarine, Triton DeepView 24, to the Vietnamese , which plans to tour the island of Hon Tre in Nha Trang.Meanwhile, several cruise ship companies have invested in submarines in recent years – Genting Cruise Lines of Asia has at least four submarine-supplied ships supplied by the Dutch company U-Boat Worx.

While the idea of ​​Hydrosphere does not reach the depths of some of the latest submarines enough, descending just a few meters below the hull will undoubtedly be an extremely attractive feature for those who want to see more of the underwater world.

“There is a huge demand for personal submarines, which require shed space and specialized development operations, which takes time,” Gresham Yacht Design founder Steve Gresham told CNN Travel.

Underwater adventures

Hydrosphere idea, a 360-degree observation platform developing underwater from the hull of a ship

The design team describes it as a place “to share magical moments and immerse yourself quickly in the water”.

Design by Gresham Yacht

“The best thing about the Hydrosphere is that it can operate very quickly and easily. Unless you happen to be underwater when the Hydrosphere develops, you will not know it was there.”

The Hydrosphere idea is equipped with built-in lighting, so that those who can use it whenever they want, even when the boat is traveling at a maximum speed of up to two knots.

When not in use, the feature can be retracted back to the hull, where it is protected by an external door.

“The only other way to get that kind of experience is to dive into a submarine,” says Gresham.

“But that takes time. Our Hydrosphere takes a few minutes to develop, which means you should not miss this fleeting moment when a beautiful sea creature swims past.”

Fast and convenient

Hydrosphere idea, a 360-degree observation platform developing underwater from the hull of a ship

It will offer a “immersive viewing experience” for up to seven people on board.

Design by Gresham Yacht

According to Gresham, the idea could be applied to any existing boat 90 meters long or more as a redefinition, “but the preferred route would be to incorporate it into a new construction project.”

Ultimately, the price for this project is difficult to estimate, as it will involve either relocating an existing boat or integrating the feature into a brand new construction.

But it is safe to assume that anyone who wants to break someone will really need very deep pockets.

The idea is already very interesting, so there is a possibility that it will be implemented in the coming years.

“The technology and know-how to make this idea already exists, so it would not be difficult to build,” says Gresham.

He and the rest of the team at Gresham Yacht Design want to promote the idea and hope it will be the beginning of a new way of experiencing and studying the ocean.

“Anyone who loves the sea and wants to immerse themselves in their environment will be attracted to this idea,” he added.

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