The largest explorer superyachts with submarines

Written by Kayla Dowling

While a superyacht can take you all over the world, a submarine can take you further. With the ability to show guests beneath surfaces both familiar and unfamiliar, a submarine not only can be useful for scientific exploration but also for providing the ultimate, rounded yachting experience. Having seen some of the latest Triton models, such as the Umbra 006 and Umbra 007, available for sale with Superyacht Sales & Charter, SuperYacht Times has taken a closer look at some of the world’s largest explorer yachts that carry supreme submarines:

182.9m REV Ocean, VARD, 2022REV Ocean yacht arriving at VardPhoto: Espen Gjelsten / FuglefjelletThe 182.9-metre REV Ocean, is one of the largest superyacht projects to date, is currently in build by VARD Group AS and is expected to be completed in 2022. The explorer superyacht will be used as an ocean research vessel to gather “the knowledge that we need to understand our ocean better, and also for piloting and testing out concrete solutions to significant problems that the ocean is facing,” according to Nina Jensen the CEO of REV Ocean. The research vessel will feature state of the art research equipment including a Triton submarine that can dive to 2,300 metres and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) with a 6,00-metre depth capacity. Ready to explore like REV Ocean? Learn more about Umbra 006 and Umbra 007, the two Triton 3300 model submarines, currently for sale with Superyacht Sales & Charter.

126.2m Octopus, Lürssen, 2003Octopus yacht by Lürssen in MonacoPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesThe 126.2-metre explorer yacht Octopus was delivered by Lürssen in 2003. The ice-class 1A compliant superyacht has been built for exploring some of the world’s most remote destinations including Australia, Alaska, French Polynesia, Maldives, and South Africa. In true explorer fashion, Octopus sports two submarines among an extensive collection of tenders and toys, an ROV capable of diving to depths of up to 1.9 miles and a Pagoo submarine that allows up to eight guests and two crew to dive for up to eight hours.

87.1m OceanXplorer 1, Freire, 2010Oceanxplorer research vessel submersiblePhoto: Andy MannOceanxplorer research vessel Triton submersiblePhoto: Taj HoweThe 87.1-metre OceanXplorer 1 was built in 2010 and is the world’s most advanced research vessel. With more than 80% of the world’s oceans unmapped, “The ship OceanXplorer 1 will take ocean explorers to never-before-seen undersea worlds and allow them to beam back what they encounter via social media, digital experiences, and a TV show,” said Ray Dalio, co-Founder of OceanX and President of Dalio Philanthropies. This will be made possible through the vessel’s two custom Triton manned submarines with the capability to dive over 1,000 metres. She also features an ROV and Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) that can be operated at 6,000 metres below sea level.

77.4m Legend, IHC Verschure, 1974Legend in AntarcticaPhoto: M/Y LegendThe 77.4-metre explorer superyacht Legend was built by the Dutch shipyard IHC Verschure in 1974 originally as an icebreaking tug. In 2003, she was converted into the world’s first Class 1 icebreaker superyacht and in 2016 was rebuilt as an expedition superyacht. She can accommodate up to 26 guests and up to 10 expedition staff to bring guests the ultimate expedition experience. On board, among a spread of tenders and toys, is a three-person submarine with a diving depth capability of 300 metres allowing guests to explore the uncharted waters that Legend can bring them to.

76.9m La Datcha, Damen Yachting, 2020La Datcha yacht in MonacoPhoto: Julien Hubert / TWW YachtsThe 76.9-metre explorer superyacht La Datcha was launched and delivered in 2020 and shortly thereafter embarked on a circumnavigation to some of the world’s most remote destinations, starting her journey through the Indian Ocean. As the latest SeaXplorer from Damen Yachting, this luxury superyacht is adventure-ready. The Polar-Code compliant design and ice-classed hull can operate with up to 40 days of full autonomy. Guests on La Datcha can explore the world’s least-known nooks and crannies with her custom-made three-person submersible.  Triton 3300/3 submarine toyPhoto: Triton SubmarinesTo enquire about the two Triton 3300, Umbra 006 and Umbra 007, submarines for sale with Superyacht Sales & Charter, contact the broker directly via the information below:Triton 3300/3 submarine toyPhoto: Triton Submarines



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