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$78 Million Is All I Need


Exterior view of Phoenix 1000. Photo from U.S. Submarines

Regular readers of DSN know that Peter and I try to provide all the latest information on all the newest vessels. Regular readers will also know Peter and I have had little success raising the necessary funds from you are readers to purchase any of them. Well here is the next plea and rest assured it will not be the last. Peter and I need $78,000,000 to purchase the Phoenix 1000.

The Phoenix 1000 is a 65-meter (213′) personal luxury submarine…As proposed, the submarine would constitute the single largest private undersea vehicle ever built, and arguably, one of the most significant personal transportation devices of the century…The total interior area of the submarine is in excess of 460 square meters (5000 square feet). The significant volume, coupled with very large acrylic viewports, and the potential for relatively large open spaces, results in a vehicle as luxurious as the finest of motor yachts.

Thats 5,000 sq ft of luxurious underwater living. That is 5.5 times my current apartment size. Of course the downside is that I that I will need to work the next 1,950 years to pay it off.


Interior view of Phoenix 1000. Photo from U.S. Submarines 

But it’s free to keep dreaming and in my dream you are invited along! The Phoenix 1000 has ample space for visitors. So what’s the list of features you ask? Plenty!

  1. 1500-ton displacement but in a streamlined form
  2. Out-performance of smaller counterparts in surface speed, submerged speed and submerged endurance
  3. Very large acrylic viewports
  4. Noted absence of structural bulkheads
  5. Integrated roll stabilization system
  6. A flying bridge
  7. Deck saloon
  8. Large enough to keep a small automobile in the aft section
  9. Docking minisub in the aft diveable to 610m or 2000ft.
  10. A main passenger area consisting of two decks, each 31 meters (102′) long and 6 meters (20′) wide

And of course there is more, but for $78 million you can have whatever you want.


  1. #1 jason
    April 29, 2007

    Now I’m torn between this and the Trilobis 65 Floating Home you introduced us to many moons ago.

  2. #2 Kevin Zelnio
    April 29, 2007


    Its a submarine. It goes beneath the water. Incognito. Cruise the reefs. You can live in it too. Need I say more??

    I’ll chip in my sons college mutual funds!

  3. #3 CR McClain
    April 29, 2007

    So with your mutual funds and mine that gives us maybe 1/100th of what we need?

  4. #4 Pepijn
    April 29, 2007

    How convenient, you can dock this at the lowest level of your Neptus 60 house ( without the neighbours knowing you’re home.

    And it even comes with a mini-sub for the kids!

  5. #5 natural cynic
    April 29, 2007

    Looks just about right for a James Bond villian.

  6. #6 Kevin Zelnio
    April 30, 2007


    Yes, but in 18 years it will be 1/25th! Maybe the price comes down by then.

  7. #7 Peter Etnoyer
    April 30, 2007

    Where do we sign up for a test drive?

  8. #8 Kevin Zelnio
    April 30, 2007

    Does it come with an option for manipulator arms and and 30 chamber suction gun?

  9. #9 CR McClain
    April 30, 2007

    Definitely going to need the arm and possible a multi-corer. What about an A-frame and epibenthic sled?

  10. #10 Kevin Zelnio
    May 1, 2007

    Wait a second, does thing even have a walk-in fridge and and a -80?? A tap for distilled water and filtered seawater?? A movie lounge and fridges loaded with ice cream??

  11. #11 Peter Etnoyer
    May 1, 2007

    Even the Calypso has a wine cellar.

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