Spending time beyond the shores of the beach is always a great way to make memories. Well, as long as you’re trained in water leisure activities like open water swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. If you aren’t, then you’d most likely find yourself out of your depth down there. You’d be better off lounging by the boat. However, you won’t get to experience the majesty of the underwater world that way. Fortunately, Jisup Lee came up with the idea of a compact semi-submarine. Thanks to his ingenious design, adventurers and the less courageous can now get the best of both worlds!
Jisup Lee began developing his compact semi submarine design in 1997 and finally launched the invention in 2008 through his company, Raonhaje Inc. The hybrid water vehicle became known as the EGO Submarine, and it is the first of its kind. Sure, some yachts come with glass floors that let you watch the marine life swimming beneath you. But Lee’s EGO Submarine lets you get the full immersive experience without disturbing or destroying the underwater environment! The EGO Submarine has been showcased at international boat shows over the years. It’s also been awarded the REDDOT Design Award in 2013.
Experience the majestic underwater world in a whole new way with this award-winning compact semi-submarine
“Imagine seeing the fish swimming and colorful corals spread out in front of you, and at the same time you can see the blue sky and clouds. What a wonderful experience.”
Throughout the years, we’ve learned that recreational diving is a contributing factor in the destruction of the marine environment. There have been cases of inept or ignorant divers damaging coral reefs during their excursions over the years. Some divers take corals as trophies. Others have either accidentally or thoughtlessly destroyed some by getting too close, touching or even leaving litter behind. This is why others prefer to take part in cage diving. However, this is also isn’t ideal as it tends to agitate sharks and put the divers in a scary predicament.
So the EGO Submarine makes quite a strong case, as it offers a non-intrusive and completely safe way of experiencing the underwater world. And that’s not all that the compact submarine has to offer. Raonhaje Inc. has outfitted their hybrid recreational water vessel with accessories like an integrated HD camera, LCD screen and even charger ports for your devices (wouldn’t want that GoPro or your phone dying mid-shot, right?). The EGO Submarine also comes with a depth finder, a two-way radio and a ventilation system for the submarine area of the vessel.
You won’t need special training to use this compact semi submarine vessel
The EGO Submarine looks very much like a typical flat boat. But it’s the only boat of with a submerged compartment big enough for two. The floating hulls are spacious enough for lying on so you can get your tan. Raonhaje Inc. also assures us that learning to pilot the compact semi submarine won’t take more than 5 minutes thanks to a wireless remote control. It’s also worth nothing that piloting the submarine must only be done on the surface to ensure you and your vessel’s safety.
In comparison with other water leisure vehicles on the market, the EGO Submarine is eco-friendly. Raonhaje Inc. wrote that their compact semi-submarine has “100% electric motors”, so it won’t emit any harmful pollutants in the air or waters. Furthermore, since the motors are electric, you can look forward to having a peaceful journey across the water, since it won’t produce any loud noises as you travel. The EGO Submarine is sure to deliver a smooth sail, as it can reach speeds of up to 8 knots through the power of its 12 8-volt batteries.
Witness the vibrant marine world without disrupting it with this hybrid water vehicle’s wide glass windows
It’s not readily-available for purchase yet
At the moment, the EGO Submarine isn’t readily available for public purchase yet. In fact, it’s only available to elites and governmental agencies for now. But if you happen to have boatloads of spare cash, then you should totally give it a try! This will definitely change the way we define ‘underwater adventure’ for sure!