If you haven’t already heard, submarines are officially the coolest piece of kit to keep on board. With room for up to six guests and tailor-made to fit the weight and height restrictions of a superyacht tender garage, exploring the underwater world has never been easier for the superyacht set. Discover 11 of the best sub-carrying superyachts on the water…

Shinkai

Shinkai, meaning deep sea in Japanese, was purpose-built to accommodate a U-Boat Worx C-Researcher 3 submersible which the owner already had in build at the time of signing the contract with Feadship. Finished in racing red, the submarine sits flush with the aft deck and is the first to be fitted with an elevator to lower passengers into their seats. A heavy-duty crane with an eight-metre reach is fitted nearby to launch and recover the sub.

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SHINKAI

Feadship  54.9 m •   2021

La Datcha

La Datcha yacht with submarine

Credit: Imperial Yachts

The ice-classed La Datcha is an intrepid explorer built for adventures in the world’s wildest regions and is equipped with toys for every climate. A pair of helicopters – twin Airbus H125s – can whisk guests off for an afternoon of heli-skiing, while a three-person Triton submersible, made to match the mothership, is suited to cruising in warmer climes where the sea below is bustling with aquatic life. La Datcha is available for charter with Imperial.

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LA DATCHA

Damen Yachting  76.9 m •   2020

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LA DATCHA

Damen Yachting • 76.9 m •   12 guests • Price from €840,000p/w

Legend

Legend explorer yacht with submarine

Credit: Shelton DuPreez

Legend started life as a Soviet icebreaker and, after receiving the full superyacht treatment in 2016, now cruises as the ultimate luxury explorer. Legend’s toy box is impressive – to say the least – but her submarine is by far the coolest toy in her collection. The U Boat Worx C Explorer 5 submersible can take up to four guests (plus a pilot) down to a depth of 200 metres. She is also capable of carrying up to 19 crew on board, plus an extra 10 expedition crew including a doctor, ice-pilot, and expedition leaders, for an adventure like no other. Legend is available for charter with Y.CO.

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LEGEND

IHC Verschure  77.4 m •   1974

Shadow Cat support vessel Hodor

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Damen support vessel Game Changer with submarine

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Support vessel Axis with submarine and tenders

octopus superyacht with submarine pagoo

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U Boat Navigator with submarines

Explorer yacht SuRi

SuRi - Halter

OceanXplorer research vessel launching submarine

Source: boatinternational.com