When I get into a submarine, I expect certain amenities like air conditioning, an iPod sound system, a screaming red paint job, and a plate of caviar. All except the caviar are available with the C-Explorer 5 from U-Boat Worx.
The $2.4 million C-Explorer 5 is being advertised as the "world's first subsea limousine." It holds five people, has an air conditioning system, can dive down to 1,000 feet, and sports a full 360-degree acrylic pressure hull. Cruising speed is 3 knots underwater.
If the standard features aren't enough, you can add to the price tag with options like an iPod sound system, bow-mounted LED lights, a sampling arm, an HD video camera system, imaging sonars, or an underwater modem. Make your next scientific adventure a luxurious one.
Perhaps the best feature of this floating limo is its 96 hours of emergency life support. Hopefully, you won't need to test that time rating personally.
There are a couple of reasons I won't be getting a C-Explorer 5. For starters, I'm not a gazillionaire. I also live in a land-locked state. I don't think this sub will be seeing much action in the Rio Grande. If I do ever see one of these in person, I fully expect James Bond to emerge from it with a martini in hand.