At 6.7m long, with a height of 1.524m and beam of 4.27m (2.133m with wings folded), the Orcasub is available in several configurations utilising either steel or titanium hulls. And as Spymaster’s Lee Marks told SuperyachtNews.com, the difference between the two materials is £1 million and $10.8 million, but this also equates to depth capabilities of 300m and 2,000m respectively.
Built along the principles of flight, the craft uses thrust, lift and drag, using its wings and a joystick to allow the pilot to bank, turn, curve and dive, reaching a top speed of 10 knots. There are also rudder pedals, compass and altitude indicator.
Each Orcasub is custom built in Vancouver to Lloyd’s Register classification requirements but Spymaster acts as Orcasub’s sole UK distributor. Like the new build superyacht market, Marks said that two to three orders a year would represent a huge success, whilst a minimum of one order per annum was the target. And, although the Orcasub could be stored on a vessel of 80m, Marks says the target market is yachts of 100m+.
“We’re currently having serious conversations with owners of two yachts currently being built”, Marks explained. “We expect to do business as a result of being at the show, as well as during it.”
And if an order is signed, “the owner informs that yard and we work with them right at the outset of the design process.”
A five-day operational course is available for the yacht’s crew as part of the price.