The convertible seating on Triton’s 660/9 AVA lets up to eight passengers and a pilot enjoy exceptional views, all the way down to 201 metres
The Florida-based submarine-maker’s newest models – the 660/9 AVA and its smaller sibling, the 660/7 AVA – give everyone on board a dramatic, unobstructed view of the underwater world. That’s because the cockpit of the 660/9 has three times more interior space than a conventional twin-sponson submersible, thanks to its “free-form” acrylic hull. With seating for eight passengers and a pilot, the 660/9 AVA also has unusually generous headroom, legroom and usable space. The 660/7 has space for six passengers and a pilot.
Indeed, the cockpits on both look more like mini home theatres than conventional submersibles. Both also have convertible seating, allowing for multiple setups that could range from group cocktails to private dining for two; the larger sub could even become an underwater chapel for a wedding among the fish.
“By departing from the traditional constraints of a sphere or cylinder we were able to make minute refinements to the profile,” said designer John Ramsay. “With an interior width of over 3.7 metres, the interior space will feel more like a regular room than a submersible, and the viewing experience will be absolutely extraordinary.”