When you think of submarines, you would think of a vehicle that goes underwater and surfaces only when necessary. But what if you make a water craft that is above and below the water at the same time? That’s exactly what a Korean company Raonhaje did when it invented the Ego Semi-Sub, a water craft.
This isn’t a giant ticket dispense, it’s a submarine for tourists.
With the Ego Semi-Submersible, people can now enjoy the wonders of the ocean even when they cannot swim. This submarine for tourists changes the way we experience what’s underneath the waves, because not only do the riders stay dry, they also control where to go, how fast you get there, and what to see.
The Ego Semi-Sub is electrically powered and looks like a cross between a bulky twin-hulled boat and a glass-floored craft. The only difference is that in this boat, the glass bottom goes down into the water to create a space that fits two people. That’s the submarine part of the boat. The other half, which is above water, is made of two pontoons which keep the boat afloat. A narrow ladder in the middle of the vessel gives access to and from the observation bubble. From afar, the sub looks like a ticket dispenser.
The Ego Semi-Submersible has nice colors that stand out against the blue water.
The Ego Semi-Submersible water craft runs at a slow speed, which is enough for sightseeing. Its batteries have enough juice for 8 hours at normal speed, but at its top speed, the batteries lasts for only 4 hours. So, if the submarine was used all morning, it will need recharging overnight for a duration that may not differ much from how long electric cars are charged. This submersible is not designed for use in rough water conditions and should only be used close to the shore. The craft needs a special dock and moorings which the manufacturer can provide to the buyer. The target markets for this fancy product are seaside resorts and yacht owners.
If you can afford the Ego Semi-Submersible, it will definitely be a big boost to your, well, ego.