‘Salon Of The Sea’
Triton Submarines have launched the first six-person submarine, another jewel to add to Triton Submarines crown. The 3300/6 is so stylish that it seems a shame that it spends most of its time underwater. Burgeoning demand in mega-yacht owners seeking larger subs inspired Triton to produce a suite of six, seven- and nine-person submersible models which will be delivered in the near future. The hospitality sector is receiving requests for submersibles that allow families or groups of guests to partake in experiences that generate unique shared memories. While Triton delivered a 24-passenger submersible earlier this year, the delivery of the Triton 3300/6 represents a one-of-a-kind in the submarine market.
The first release of the 3300/6 was explicitly created for a private superyacht owner. The Triton team worked closely alongside the owner’s representative for the project, SEMarine, who was instrumental in the successful integration of the submersible and support systems onboard the 142m Lürssen host vessel. The 3300/6 can be launched and recovered using standard tender lift gear, avoiding the need for special rigging.
The owner personally selected the tiffany-blue exteriors- congruous with the ocean. When the Triton team took the submersible to the Bahamas, they looked down and the submarine immediately disappeared, camouflaged by the shimmering turquoise ocean.
The bulbous glass spherical passenger compartment is the world’s largest, and reminiscent of an oversized fishbowl. The 360-view offers an immersive window to the wonders of the sea at the depths of the ocean. The sub is certified to descend up to 1,000m. At these depths, passengers have exposure to rare marine species that only exist in deep water. Diving in undiscovered parts of the ocean is an extraordinary experience and what is more, is that it’s completely effortless.
Patrick Lahey, co-founder of Triton Submarines comments, “Without exception every passenger that descends in a Triton emerges staggered by what they have seen underwater, often claiming their dive was the most incredible experience they’ve ever had.”
The Magical-era of First-Class Experiences
Social interactions generate more profound experiences. Being able to embark on adventures with a large group of friends and family is a new concept. Most submarines fit a maximum of two or three people in. Triton has made it possible for an entire family to navigate the ocean together. Rich experiences like diving are deeply bonding. Until only recently, the idea of diving in a submersible was perceived as a solo venture. Triton expects that this submarine could change the way that submersibles are being used- gathering new steam of families who want to embark on extraordinary experiences together.
The 3300/6 is a first-class passport to the depths of the ocean, and it comes with all the comfort of a first-class flight. The interior feels reminiscent of a deluxe-salon, fitted with temperature controls, drink holders, iPhone chargers, music speakers and reclining leather seats. A common misconception is that submarine passengers are likely to feel a sense of being enclosed and claustrophobic. However, these particular interiors feel comparatively palatial compared with the dark and tight spaces one might imagine. Triton Submarine designs are invariably imbued with a sense of spaciousness. Passengers can stretch out, and feel like they are in a glass atrium. Submarine design has taken a huge leap since the conception of ‘Turtle’, the first military submarine used in combat in 1776.
The Immersive Allure
Triton’s application of innovative technology in the design enhances the passengers’ experience. The craft features a touchscreen pilot system and joystick control. Cameras are positioned on the top, sides and bottom of the craft, serving as visual antennas. Videos are then mirrored on screens in the passenger’s seat. Moreover, the floor plates are acrylic and completely transparent so that when passengers look beneath their feet, they can see into the ocean. The result is you feel that marine life is almost tangible with a peaceful sense of blending into the elements. All of this happens in a quiet environment with the absence of motors.
An array of six 20,000-lumen LED lights to illuminate everything in the water around the vessel. Sunlight doesn’t penetrate at 1000 meters deep. Therefore, passengers are reliant on artificial light to highlight the wonders of the ocean.
The Evolution of Triton Submersible Designs
Historically Triton submersibles signature exterior was a honeycomb-yellow. However, Triton’s clients are opting to personalise their submarines to individual tastes. Patrick Lahey, co-founder of Triton finds that clients’ ideas keep his job interesting; the organic process of coevolution is key to creating products that innovate. Occasionally Triton’s clients request something beyond what they first perceive as achievable, challenging experts and professionals beyond the realms of comfort- the result is something phenomenal.
Triton Submarines London-based senior designer, John Ramsden is often described as the ‘Leonardo Di Vinci of the submarine world’, admired for designing with a perfect equilibrium found between function and form. John chose to use acrylic for the spherical dome with the same refraction index as water. The pressure hull vanishes underwater because of the thick layer of acrylic used- the widest acrylic in a submarine ever before.
The Triton 3300/6 features curved lines and a Triton’s striped acrylic hull. While the stripes may look like a styling feature, they are anti-skid. Clients are now seeking a range of personalised non-skid patterns which Triton will release sequentially.
Unearthing Sunken Treasure
Superyacht owners enjoy planning trips to unearth hidden treasures and secret tales which lie beneath the big-blue. In a quest to uncover history, yacht owners embark on discovery expeditions engaging the services of manufacturers and outside travel experts. The captains and crew plan a full itinerary and determine the best dive locations for the sub for a specific area. A typical team comprises marine biologists, scientists, or archaeologists to encompass an educational element to the experience. A journey on a submarine to view is a sunken aircraft or ship serves a dual purpose- firstly it allows a window in the history, viewing something human made. Secondly, these sights also become a natural sight over the passage as time, as the ruins become a marine sanctuary, the Titanic, for example, is brimming with marine life.
For others, the fascination lies purely with the natural world; natural seamounts are the pinnacle of a natural wonder; these underwater mountains are brimming with a biodiverse marine life. Rare marine species live in isolation on these sunken islands because marine life has evolved. In a submarine, you can discover a species unique to the seamount that you are visiting.
Triton submarines are currently working on the next evolutionary stages of humankind exploration of the marine environment, redefining how we experience and interact with the ocean. YachtWorld looks forward to hearing more about how ocean conservation and submarines will continue to work together.