U-Boat Worx lets you dive on reefs, wrecks and rays, in style

BREDA – U-Boat Worx, the Dutch maker of submarines for leisure and professional purposes, has won a 2021 Red Dot Product Design Award for its C-Researcher 3 sub.

The annual award, issued since 1955 by Red Dot GmbH & Co. KG. of Germany, honors those who strive to distinguish their business activities through design. In 2021, there were award candidates from 60 countries – from makers of robots to vehicles to household appliances.

Founded in 2005, U-Boat Worx is the world’s largest private sub builder. It markets half a dozen models and has wrested deep-sea diving away from science fiction writers and naval architects and opened it up to everyone.

You’ll see its high-tech subs on yachts and cruise vessels. Or working for offshore companies, maritime and archaeological research outfits and filmmakers. The first C-Researcher 3 – 1140 was installed aboard the Damen Yachting-built superyacht Game Changer last month. A further 10 deliveries are scheduled for 2021.

U-Boat Worx’ C-Researcher 3 is the deepest-diving, full-acrylic sphere sub ever produced, says the company. Built to explore the deep sea in air-conditioned comfort, it can safely dive to a depth of 1,140m (347ft) to explore reefs, wrecks and fish. The sub has a colorless, distortion-free acrylic sphere. As most of its technical systems are located behind the sphere, divers enjoy a wide field of vision, including downward.

“This means explorers can enjoy the most immersive experience possible,” says U-Boat Worx Marketing Manager Roy Heijdra. “Moreover, all external tools such as robotic manipulator arms can be easily observed, for efficient and accurate control.”

A dual climate-control system keeps passengers cool in warm Caribbean waters and comfortable in ice-cold Arctic seas. U-Boat Worx says the battery system, developed in-house, yields a 350% increase in power capacity compared with traditional subs. That makes it possible to install more and stronger thrusters, extend mission time, add lights and cut surface-to-ocean floor travel time.