'Semi sub' the Bentley of glass-bottom boats?

The Ego Compact Semi Submarine from South Korean company Raonhaje looks like a craft 007 would appreciate.

The Ego even looks cool on land. Raonhaje

What do you get the mariner who has everything? You could do worse than the Ego Compact Semi Submarine.

Made by South Korea's Raonhaje, the Ego Compact is more of a glass-bottom boat than a sub, but it's still pretty nifty. Protected by 20mm-thick acrylic windows, the waterproof cabin hangs down from two pontoon-like floats and serves as a mobile observation room.

I was on a glass-bottom boat recently, and thought it was the perfect thing if you're too lazy to learn how to dive. But if seas are choppy and boat is pitching, waves can prevent you from seeing well underwater. The Ego seems to get around that with its low-slung cabin.

The two-seater, 12-foot craft is powered by two battery-operated 1.5KW thrusters and has a top speed of 5 knots (about 5.7 mph). The batteries take 6 to 10 hours to charge, and will last about 8 hours at cruising speed. So don't expect to make it out to the Mariana Trench.

Still, it might be handy for fishing. One guy on deck, another in the cabin directing him to the fish. That, or shark-watching.

Released last year, the Ego has been making the rounds recently, but Raonhaje doesn't list a price for the half-sub. It's marketing the craft for leisure and research and says it's working on a four-seater version.

With that, the whole family can spend the day underwater.


(Via Mashable)

Featured Video
6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Everything you can expect at Apple's Sept. 9th event

Apple is expected to throw the kitchen sink at us with new iPhones, iPads, a new Apple TV and MacBooks. We'll breakdown what you can expect to see.

by Brian Tong