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Homes where you can live under the sea

Homes where you can live under the sea

Underwater hideouts may be the domain of James Bond villains and Gerry Anderson's Stingray puppets but people in the real world are also dreaming about living at the bottom of...

03 Sep 2014 Thunderbird 2

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These Dudes Made a Boat Out of Plastic Bottles… Now They Are Sailing Over 500 Miles!

These Dudes Made a Boat Out of Plastic Bottles… Now They Are Sailing Over 500 Miles!

Jan Kara, 22, a student, and mechanic Jakub Bures, 21, like many of us, are tired of seeing pollution all around the world. In their Czech town of Nymburk, the duo...

20 Aug 2014 Thunderbird 2

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A superyacht-friendly submersible

A superyacht-friendly submersible

Tired of being told that the recreational submersible you want is too tall to fit into your superyacht? Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx knows how you feel and is launching...

05 Aug 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Life-Saving Luxury Raft Turns Sea Water into Drinking Water

Life-Saving Luxury Raft Turns Sea Water into Drinking Water

Dangers of the ocean are well documented: sharks, storms with gargantuan waves, seasickness and, if one’s boat has sunk, swimming for shore through a mine field of stinging jellyfish or...

15 May 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Turkish team set to compete in Volvo Ocean Race

Turkish team set to compete in Volvo Ocean Race

A group of young dashing racers are training and going through their paces in Lisbon’s harbor these days. There is sun, good wind and a magnificent boat to sail –...

06 May 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Suspension-packing 2Play catamaran smooths out rough seas

Suspension-packing 2Play catamaran smooths out rough seas

Water may seem soft enough when you're in a bathtub full of the stuff, but as anyone who has smacked across the waves in a speeding motorboat knows, it can...

02 May 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Brilliant Boats in Superyacht Magazine

Brilliant Boats in Superyacht Magazine

An article about  us in Superyacht magazine. CLICK HERE to download the PDF version.

16 Apr 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Brilliant Boats' Thunderbird 2

Brilliant Boats' Thunderbird 2

An article about our Thunderbird 2 in Yachts International magazine, April 2014 issue. CLICK HERE to download the PDF version.

16 Apr 2014 Thunderbird 2

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The Mast Walk

The Mast Walk

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28 Mar 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Watch a large ship getting deformed from the inside in a heavy storm

Watch a large ship getting deformed from the inside in a heavy storm

On the left, a ship in a heavy storm as seen from the deck, going through giant waves. On the right, a ship in a heavy storm seen from a...

26 Mar 2014 Thunderbird 2

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The Flying Phantom: US$40k sailboat levitates two feet above the waves

The Flying Phantom: US$40k sailboat levitates two feet above the waves

“It’s like removing the handbrake – suddenly everything gets smoother and faster in pure silence.” This gravity-defying US$40k catamaran rises completely out of the water at speed on a pair...

11 Mar 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Amphibious trimaran is made for more than just water

Amphibious trimaran is made for more than just water

Here's one you might not have heard before ... Whaddaya get when cross a hovercraft, an airboat and a pontoon boat? Give up? An ATASD, or Amphibious Trimaran with Aerostatic...

24 Feb 2014 Thunderbird 2

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5 security measures that every yacht owner should take

5 security measures that every yacht owner should take

Sailing the open seas can be one of the most thrilling endeavors that anyone takes on, however even the most experienced sailor will warn you about the great risk that...

19 Feb 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Thunderbird 2

Thunderbird 2

Thunderbird 2 has launched in Antalya Free Zone, Turkey! Brilliant Boats and BB Yacht are proud to announce the launch of Thunderbird 2. Fans of Gerry Anderson will understand immediately what this...

03 Feb 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Discovery Channel: Superyachts (5 episodes)

Discovery Channel: Superyachts (5 episodes)

The Discovery Channel visited some superyacht builders in the Netherlands and give some insights of the high quality superyacht building. Here are five of six episodes. Enjoy!   Balk Shipyard {youtube}vM6qt_hd9E8|700|450{/youtube} Hakvoort {youtube}T4ozSE_meFM|700|450{/youtube} Vripack 1 {youtube}i2ez55KJRfQ|700|450{/youtube} Vripack 2 {youtube}oOze8e65--k|700|450{/youtube} Icon Yachts {youtube}IwjwvlI3jwM|700|450{/youtube}

16 Jan 2014 Thunderbird 2

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Wokart: The 70 km/h go-kart for the water

Wokart: The 70 km/h go-kart for the water

The Wokart is a featherweight asymmetric catamaran with a centrally-located 70 hp outboard motor that's designed to have the driving characteristics and low power-to-weight of a go-kart. The automotive seating and...

10 Dec 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Rolls Royce to design ship that carries fish as passengers

Rolls Royce to design ship that carries fish as passengers

Building a ship to carry fish as passengers may seem like a phenomenal case of missing the point, but Rolls-Royce has signed a £5.8 million (US$9.5 million) contract to design...

09 Dec 2013 Thunderbird 2

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The Biggest Ship in the World Has Floated For the First Time

The Biggest Ship in the World Has Floated For the First Time

The Emma Maersk was dethroned as the world's largest seafaring vessel this morning when this ship, longer than the Empire State Building, left its dry dock in South Korea for...

06 Dec 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Manta Resort offers a private island where you sleep beneath the waves

Manta Resort offers a private island where you sleep beneath the waves

Underwater accommodations seem to have become a trend among hotels in recent years, but a resort off the coast of Tanzania is now putting a unique spin on the concept. The Manta...

21 Nov 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Stunning night images of a nuclear ice breaker in the middle of nowhere

Stunning night images of a nuclear ice breaker in the middle of nowhere

Sergey Dolya took some incredible photos in an expedition to the North Pole on board a RussianArktika-class nuclear ice breaker. In the words of Buzz Aldrin, "Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation." By the...

08 Nov 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Jet Capsule Miniature Luxury Yacht

Jet Capsule Miniature Luxury Yacht

Although by definition, it’s not technically a yacht, the Jet Capsule aims to bring the same luxury experience on the water (with family and friends) through a much smaller, more maneuverable solution. Designed...

24 Oct 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Costa Concordia operation could spew toxic soup of rotting food and chemicals into sea

Costa Concordia operation could spew toxic soup of rotting food and chemicals into sea

There are fears that the operation could pollute the pristine waters of Giglio, the Italian island where the ship capsized last year. The Costa Concordia was at the start of a week-long cruise...

16 Sep 2013 Thunderbird 2

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World's largest solar-powered boat cruises into London

World's largest solar-powered boat cruises into London

It is one of the most iconic ports in the world, the dramatic backdrop to everything from ancient Roman sailing ships to World War Two military vessels and gas-guzzling speedboats. Now...

09 Sep 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Billionaire death race: inside America's Cup and the world's most dangerous sailboat

Billionaire death race: inside America's Cup and the world's most dangerous sailboat

Capsized yachts and a sailor’s death cast a pall over this week’s finals The finals of the 34th America's Cup are days away, but they will take place in the long shadow cast...

05 Sep 2013 Thunderbird 2

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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 15:38

Tired of being told that the recreational submersible you want is too tall to fit into your superyacht? Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx knows how you feel and is launching the Super Yacht Sub 3, a vehicle specifically tailored to fit into a standard superyacht garage area, if indeed there is such a thing.

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It's comforting to know that no matter how much money you amass, the superyacht industry will always be there, providing ever larger and more lavish holes in the water into which to pour your cash. They are the domain of the 0.001% – a net worth of $100 million would barely afford you the spare resources to keep one of these things seaworthy, berthed, crewed and full of marine diesel, let alone stocked with decent grade toilet paper and the kind of champagne your guests are going to expect.

So when it comes time to fit a superyacht out with entertainment and experience options, this is one segment where the buyers are so fabulously wealthy that price is genuinely no issue. And thus a base-model starting price of €1.75 million (US$2.35 million) for the extraordinary gadget below will barely register a raised eyebrow.

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The Super Yacht Sub 3, from U-Boat Worx in the Netherlands, is a recreational submersible specifically designed to live on board a superyacht, giving guests the ability to explore the sea floor, shipwrecks, reefs and marine life down to a depth of 100 or 300 meters (330 or 1,000 feet), depending on the configuration.

The cabin is fitted out with three comfy seats, a large circular window at the front and a short, cylindrical glassed-in section to allow passengers good visibility above, below and around themselves. Air in the cabin is conditioned and maintained at a pressure of one atmosphere for comfort.

Electrically-operated horizontal, lateral and vertical thrusters move and steer the submersible, operated by a dual-joystick gamepad style Manta controller that can be handed back and forth if you want to give your passenger a crack at driving. When Gizmag's James Holloway took the same manufacturer's C-Explorer 2 out for an unforgettable test drive in 2013, he was surprised at its agility and speed.

Total propulsive battery capacity for the sub is 15.6 kWh as standard, although you can double that as an option, while the house and survival systems are powered by an additional 6 or 12 kWh battery pack, with a further emergency battery capable of keeping critical survival systems going for up to 96 hours if everything goes pear-shaped. With the fully optioned-up battery system, the sub can run for up to 12 hours between charges.

Entering and exiting the Super Yacht Sub 3 is simple enough – step onto the grippy anti-skid deck and climb down the freeboard tube, which can extend up to 76 cm (30 in) above the deck to keep the interior dry when the waves are up.

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In order to make the sub as attractive as possible to superyacht owners, U-Boat Worx has been careful to keep it as compact and lightweight as possible, at just 171 cm (67 in) high and 3,490 kg (7,694 lb) in weight. The sub can be lifted in and out of the water using just about any crane arrangement, and should fit in most superyacht "garage" areas more easily than the 207 cm (81 in) high C-Explorer 2.

Production models will be available for delivery from 2015.

Source: U-Boat Worx