New luxury £22m superyacht can hide underwater for four days with bar and pool

A new luxury £22m superyacht which can hide underwater for four days has been unveiled.

Until now, companies and designers have dreamed of bringing the diving concept to life but have had no luck.

But Dutch boatbuilder U-Boat Worx says they can offer customers a vessel that can head 200 metres beneath the waves.

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Crowds at the Monaco Yacht Show were given a first chance look at the luxury boat named Nautilus.

The firm says customers can expect to have their boat delivered within 30 months of ordering.

When functioning as a boat, the Nautilus offers a massive sundeck equipped with a freshwater pool, a bar, and a luxurious dining table.

However, this "al fresco arrangement" can be retracted before the submersible slips below sea level.

Unveiling the Nautilus at the recent Monaco Yacht Show, the firm says customers can expect to have their boat delivered within 30 months of ordering.

The diesel-electric has a surface cruise speed of nine knots and an underwater speed of four knots

Weighing 1,250-tons, and measuring 37.5-metres, the hybrid ship boasts a lounge and dining room, four luxury guest cabins, a spacious master bedroom, room for six crew and a fully equipped galley kitchen.

Ten four-metre-wide windows offer guests an "exceptional view" of the underwater world.

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U-Boat Worx said their craft was inspired by, and named after, the fictional submarine owned by Captain Nemo in a classic book from 1870.

The company said: "Since Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea came out in 1870, people have been dreaming of a luxury yacht with dive capabilities.

"Since then, inventors produced a lot of impressive concepts. Unfortunately, not one of these designs has ever been realised.

"Being the world leader in the market for small submersibles, U-Boat Worx has now finally succeeded in engineering a realistic combination of luxury and safety in a fully certified private submersible."

U-Boat Worx Chairman and Founder Bert Houtman added: "People that have decided to buy a yacht will now have to consider if their vessel of choice can also dive down to 200 metres."

There is also the bonus of escaping seasickness.

“If the sea becomes too rough," he continued. "You simply dive and continue your voyage in comfort. With the Nautilus, the yachting market will never be the same again.”

Other features include a newly invented, completely pressure-resistant electrical tender that is stowed under the Nautilus’s aft deck and will stay outside while diving.

This tender, the Aronnax, may also be used for transporting five scuba divers underwater to the intended dive spot.

The Nautilus has a starting price of €25 million (£21,745).

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