On Giving Up Guinness To Afford My Own Submarine


So if I can manage to save my next three years of salary, and not spend any money on Guinness rent, I will be really close to affording a C-Quester.  Of course, it going to be a little more expensive because I am going to want all the options and acessories like:

  1. Dome Protection
  2. Lifting Points
  3. Halogen Lights on the Bow
  4. Aircon
  5. Racing Stripes
  6. Fenders
  7. Extra batteries (a must)
  8. Off Road Package (i.e. Heavy Duty)
  9. Epirb
  10. Sonar/Underwater Communication
  11. Extra high pressure air bottles/Oxygen Refill (a definite must)

To bad I don’t know what  all these are. Epirb?  Doesn’t matter, I am sure I NEED it and I couldn’t stand for someone else having one nicer than mine. Unfortunately it only has a max. depth of 50m and only holds 100kg.  Maybe I can get an option that holds an additional 8kg.  I wonder if they give a deep-sea scientist discount?

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

10 comments on “On Giving Up Guinness To Afford My Own Submarine
  1. only 4 knots? what fun is that!?!?

    who am I kidding…I’d love to have my own personal U-boat – it would really freak out the people at the beach and the marina!

  2. I was going to take mine to a stereo place and have them install some thumping 15-inch wolfers mp3/cd player and several amps. I could jam out to some Dre or maybe the Life Aquatic Soundtrack

  3. I think the Epirb’s the satellite transmitter they’ll need to find you when the batteries “run oot”

  4. Oh yes, you need the epirb. We don’t even let our people head off too far on land without one of those. (Unless we really want to lose them.)

  5. For that kind of money , I expect sharks with fricking laser beams attached to their heads! Controllable through the epirb transmitter.

  6. The 50m depth limit is a real dissapointment, I used to dive that regularly just on air albeit only for a fraction of the time given by the C-Quester, but ~150m mark would open up a new world for a lot of amateur explorers.

  7. Don’t they make you watch the EPIRB video when you go out for a cruise?? Its definitely a classic. The Res Techs get all giggly when they make the science party watch these things.

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