Why Did I Do This?

Why would a sane person want to build his own submarine?

This has been a dream of mine for years. Ever since I read Tom Swift and his Jetmarine when I was 10 years old. Something about the ocean has always drawn me - as it does a suppose for all scuba divers.

Tom Swift And His JetmarineFor me it was also tied to a fascination with invention. With dreaming of something and making it come to be with your own hands. For most of my life it was just that - a dream. Then recently I was struck by that eternal question that has spurned on inventors since the dawn of time. Why not?

I have been a scuba diver since college. In the last few years I have taken that to the next level and achieved my Advanced Diver certification. Along about that time several things sort of came together in my mind. I have always wanted to learn how to weld and recently took an adult-ed course for basic welding at the local voc-tech center.

All of these things came together to form an idea. Why not build a submarine - complete with diver-lockout chamber and the ability to create a pressurized air space. A craft that could ply the waters of coastal Maine, achieving depths up to and in excess of several hundred feet. A craft that would allow me to deliver several divers to a deep dive site, and allow them to exit the sub to dive, then return to the sub to decompress. A craft that could operate autonomously from any surface craft, and that would have both gasoline burning and electric motors for suface and submerged power respectively.

In short, as the ideas began to swirl around my head I realized this was a project that was doable. It would take a lot of planning and research, and ultimatelty (I am sure) a significant amount of money. But I am begining. Sometimes the hardest part is the starting.

I have begun with sketches, and scale drawings on graph paper. I have been piecing together various components in my head and on paper, and have begun to refine my design. Ultimately it is looking like I will be building a submarine approx 20-25 feet long, and 10-12 feet wide, with 5-7 feet of standing head clearence. Final designs are still a ways off, but I thought it important to begin documenting the process.

I will attempt to keep all the details here, and keep things updated as I make progress. I hope you enjoy following along, and in the end that you learn something. Welcome!



This page was last updated: 10/11/2011