At Cannes Yachting Festival 2015, the Portuguese company Friday showcased nautical and water related leisure devices: a personal submarine and floating houses.
Since Tintin‘s dives with Professor Calculus’ shark-shaped submarine in search of the treasure hidden in the wreck of the Unicorn and the underwater adventures of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who didn’t dream of becoming a captain Nemo and discover the beauty of the seabed? The company Friday had this dream come true with a personal submarine that can dive to 300m.
The company has also developed a unique concept of floating houses.
A unique personal submarine
Friday’s compact yet robust and comfortable personal submarine is the lightest and smallest submarine of its class with just 2,5 metres in length, 2,36 metres in width and 1,84 metres in height, it has a very comfortable freeboard, by far the largest of its class, getting in and out is easy and safe.
Being captain Nemo has never been easier: the resident system automates the most tedious navigation tasks and saves energy. All critical systems have automated backups in place and a number of safety features come as standard and DNV-GL certification is, of course, mandatory. Available for two or three persons, the submarine can dive safely to a depth of 300 metres (about 1,000 feet), with an autonomy of up to 8 hours.
Safety comes first
Friday’s personal submarine is the ideal way to enter in direct contact wit the marine life and comfortably discover the captivating mysteries of the underwater world through the large hood.
The personal submarine design incorporates the latest available technologies as standard and is supported by prestigious research institutions such as IMAR (imar.pt), ITeCons (itecons.uc.pt), IPN-Las (las.ipn.pt), INESC‑Tec (inesctec.pt) and IT (it.pt).
Prices range from 795,000 € for the basic version up to 875,000 €, and extra packages are available to serve scientific as well as professional purposes.
Friday’s floating home
Wether you’re looking for an original romantic gateway for two or a mobile house on a lake for your family, Friday’s floating home offers endless possibilities, from staying tied to the bank to moving in the middle of a lake with two small outboard motors.
With a fixed width of 6 metres and lengths ranging from 10 to 18 metres, you may feel the freedom of nature on the doorstep of a cosy studio or a fully furnished three-bedroom house. Whether you use the floating home as a base camp for numerous outdoor activities such as sailing, paddling, water skiing or fishing, or simply to relax, you’re guaranteed a great living experience in full autonomy. When charged, the house is self-sufficient for at least seven days, producing up to 80% of its energy needs.
A house to be shipped anywhere on the planet
The floating house is designed so that all its components, including equipment and furniture, can be easily stored in two standard containers and shipped to almost anywhere on the planet.
The prices range from 96,000 € for the basic version (6 meter wide x 10 meters long) up to euro 235, 000 € for the largest (6 meters wide x 18 meters long) and most equipped one.
About Friday Ciencia e Technologia do Lazer
Friday is a Portuguese company launched by a team boasting over 30 years of experience in research and development in the fields of structural, electrical, hydraulic, marine and mechanical engineering. Through its wide range of design, engineering and marketing competencies, Friday is creating technologically advanced nautical and water related leisure devices and equipment, consistent with the weekend spirit that inspired the brand name.
Friday’s solutions are serving the leisure and free time market with high professional standards and focuses on modularity, personalised client relationships, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
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