Monday, July 23, 2007

Rich Man's Hobby - Beneath the Sea

Rich men (this is referring to multi-billionaires) have hobbies too. I have heard of one who likes polo so much that he brought in 8 thoroughbred horses from Argentina (the best). In a polo game, you need 8 players to play a game. In this way, he gets to enjoy his hobby with his pals who may not have the resources to get a horse.

Some prefer to have their own executive jets, some would prefer having a large property, some would go for exotic food in one night or go for a luxury holiday.

But I found an unusual hobby this time. Ever heard of people owning a submarine which was also used to entertain guests? Roman Abramovich could be interested in it too. There are a few luxury submarine makers which could meet the rich men's taste, namely U.S. Submarines (USA) and Exomos (UAE). Who are their customers? Both builders have to sign a "keep it a secret agreement" to ensure secrecy.

U.S. Submarine's ultimate sub is the Phoenix 1000 - ultimate personal transportation device, 65 meters (213 ft.) in length with 470 square meters (5000 sq. ft.) of interior space on 4 levels.

The CEO of Exomos said that a luxury submarine of a 10-passenger sub could costs up to $15 million (mid size - US$25 million). The submarine could be 3-story-tall with five staterooms, five bathrooms, two kitchens, a gym, a wine cellar and an observation portal measuring 30 feet long by 15 feet wide, or 9 meters long by 5 wide. It has a range of 3,000 nautical miles.
Reading: It's moved leagues beneath the sea - IHT

Tags: Submarine, Luxury Submarine, US Submarines, Exomos, Luxury, Lifestyle

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