There’s nothing quite like witnessing the glory of nature in its natural habitat. But for aquatic life, that’s a bit of a tricky proposition, especially if you dislike diving, or can’t take a scuba class. The EGO Semi-Submarine, however, can handily solve that problem.
It’s a “semi” submarine because you’re not actually going to be diving very far with this. Really the EGO is more of a glass-bottomed boat, or a boat that’s been flipped. The top is your fairly standard personal watercraft platform, shaped like a catamaran with various points to climb on and dive off of. If you’ve been to a Caribbean resort, you’ve probably seen one of these in the shallower parts of the ocean, carefully anchored.
The “submarine” part comes when you lift up a trap door in the platform and go down. Underneath there’s a control cabin, completely under the water and glassed in. So, you can drive the EGO around, powered by the motors underneath the pontoons, see some of the fish in action, or scope out nearby areas to ensure that it’s safe to swim in. A video screen and a joystick let you see where you’re going and head towards it without bumping into anybody.
Needless to say, this isn’t really designed to be taken out onto the high seas: It doesn’t have nearly the power required to, say, keep you safe in a storm or get you across the Atlantic. It’s more of a fun little tourist boat, designed to let you scope out the wildlife or tool around an area without putting yourself at risk.
And if you were hoping for something a bit more extravagant, the company behind this is working on a “Luxury Edition” with more tools, devices, and other fun stuff to make it worth the price.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.