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CANNES BOAT SHOW SUCCESS FOR SUBEO
Subeo chose Cannes International Boat Show 2001
for the official unveiling of Gemini, and it’s easy to see why.
Numbers were up 25% on the previous best year with many different
boat businesses represented. “The biggest interest has been from
some of the world’s most respected yacht designers” said Robert
Leeds, chief designer and Managing Director of Subeo. “At least
3 are working on designs influenced by Gemini, the most ambitious
of which involves a submarine stored and launched from under a yacht’s
hull” said Robert.
Other trade interest includes several boat agents
wanting exclusive rights to represent Gemini. We expect to announce
more agents for various countries shortly.
A 3-man version of Gemini is ideal for tourism
and 2 major Middle East companies have expressed interest in 3 and
another up to 6 submarines. Said one “The multi-passenger submarines
of 10 plus passengers are cumbersome and expensive to run. Gemini
will be a profitable addition to our fleet”.
On a lighter note 3 members of Jacques Cousteau’s’
Calypso team pored over the submersible. All wanted their picture
taken with Gemini and wished underwater travel could have been as
comfortable as this in their day.
Talking about how the show had been for Subeo,
director David Harvey said, “Gemini is a prototype designed
for mass production. We wanted to discover if there was a market
for a submarine with this specification plus looks, and based on
the interest to date, there most certainly is”.
“There has been nothing new in the motor boat
world for over 15 years” said Subeo’s marketing man, Martin Hale.
Very successful trials were carried out at IFREMER
in France under the Metri programme funded by the European Union.
IFREMER is a French, world-renowned marine institute that operates
the deep submersible ‘Nautile’ which discovered the Titanic.
The ¼ scale model of the 3-person vehicle and
propulsion system was evaluated. The 3-person production vehicle
has a very low drag co-efficient 0.28. Using a 20kw drive train
the full size vehicle would achieve velocities in the region of
7-8 knots. The craft will be powered by ‘state of the art’ nickel,
sodium batteries. These batteries are particularly suitable for
submersibles as they do not produce hydrogen gas during the charging
process. They are fully sealed and have excellent energy-weight
characteristics when compared to lead acid batteries, the normal
energy source for submersibles/submarines.
The testing of the full size 2-person vehicle
in the Deep Ocean Basin Tank at Brest was very informative and resulted
in a good performance, both on the surface and underwater, with
excellent underwater video footage being taken.
During June 2003, Discovery were filming the
craft in action at Subeo’s test site in Essex for a production of
‘He’s gotta have it’ with presenter Mike Brewer which was transmitted
in the autumn.
TOMORROWS WORLD ROAD SHOW
Subeo displayed Gemini at the Tomorrow’s World
Road Show at Olympia as a main feature at the show. This event,
supported by British Gas was an interactive show for secondary school
children and was open to all schools in the UK and the entrance
was free. The show was open from 9.40 – 16.00pm on 7 – 10 July 2003.
STUFF LIVE 2003
Gemini was featured in ‘The Gadgets, Gear and
Technology Show’ at Olympia in London in September 2003.
SCIENCE MUSEUM OCTOBER 2003
Disney Channel (Italy)
ITN 24 hours
British Satellite TV
BBC Look East
The Gadgets and Gear Show
Tomorrows World BBC
New Civil Engineer
East Anglian Times
De Ingenieur (German)
Anotherside Magazine (Japan)
Robb Report (USA)