The Neyk is the world’s first luxury submarine

The submarine can carry up to 12 passengers, dive to 150 metres and even has a library, bar and galley on board.

By Michael Verdon 14/06/2017

Large personal submarines, capable of achieving great depths, have been a fantasy ever since Jules Verne's _20,000 Leagues Under the Sea_ was published in 1870. The new Neyk Submarine promises to turn that fantasy into reality as construction of the prototype is underway in the Netherlands.

Ocean Submarine is teaming up with Rolls-Royce, MTU, and Bosch to create the 19-metre pressurised vessel, capable of speeds of 15 knots and depths of 150 metres carrying a dozen passengers.

The teardrop-shaped sub will have large through-hull windows like Captain Nemo's Nautilus, but unlike the doomsday machine, the Neyk submarine boasts an opulent interior built by an aircraft interior firm. The sub will also have a bar, library, and complete galley.

Built of modular steel, the first model was chosen after three designs were tank-tested in pressurised chambers. The Neyk sub will have an innovative propulsion system consisting of exterior pod engines that pivot for tight turning.

It can turn on its own axis in seconds when the engines are running in opposite directions. The engines also allow for rapid diving, which, the Dutch firm notes, is 10 times more efficient than a traditional cruciform sub design.

The interior has the same diameter as a private aircraft, allowing for the same posh, lightweight interiors. Features like air conditioning, heat, and most other in-flight amenities will be available on the submarines. The underwater craft can also be customised with furniture, ceiling panels, and design styles to the owner's specs.

According to Martin van Eijk, an engineer who founded Ocean Submarine, his new submarine was built to both Royal Netherlands Navy and NASA specs, resulting in a high-yield steel hull reinforced by steel rings on the interior.

The prototype, expected to launch in January 2018, will be joined by 20, 22-, and 24-metre models that share the same teardrop shape. Also available: 6- and 9-metre tender versions. Options include landing gear for running up on a beach or a transparent nose cone so that the forward area turns into an underwater observation room.


Subscribe to the Newsletter

Stay Connected

You may also like.

This Catamaran Concept Is Built For Global Expeditions

The yard says the go-anywhere multihull can remain self-sufficient for months on end.

By Rachel Cormack


US To Seize Russian Superyacht In Fiji

“Amadea” is widely believed to be owned by sanctioned Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov.

By Rachel Cormack


Meet The Boat Lovers Who Bought The Shipyard

Combine boating passion with a famous-but-struggling brand, and boaters come to the rescue.

By Julia Zalzman


Yacht Tenders Are More Sophisticated Than Ever

Owners now want their tenders to sync with their superyachts; requesting matching colours, hulls and more.

By Michael Verdon


Amels Unveils New 80-Metre Hybrid Superyacht

“She’ll look as good in 10 years as the day she leaves the yard,” says the designer.

By Michael Verdon


Buy the Magazine

Subscribe to Robb Report today!

Subscribe today

Stay Connected