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Object of Desire: the Undersea Aquahoverer

"Diving expiditions" take on a whole new meaning with your own two-man submarine.

Bored of just driving your supercar around on land? Then hit the water with the Undersea Aquahover. With this personal submarine, diving has become a thing of yesterday when you can ditch the wetsuits and oxygen tanks, while riding around underwater in relative comfort.

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American retailer Hammacher Schlemmer, which is selling the submersible, claims that operating the Aquahover requires “no more skill than driving a car”, thanks to its fly-by-wire controls. There’s also no need to adjust its ballast (the mechanism that causes a submarine to sink or float) thanks to its fixed positive buoyancy and six 400-rpm, 1.2-kilowatt ducted propellers distributed both on the front and rear of the vehicle.

  • The Undersea Aquahover

In simple terms, the Aquahover can, well, “hover” in place, and move in any direction without having a make turns (imagine if your car wheels could pivot 360°) underwater. That means more time to explore the waters and gawk at reefs, wrecks, and sea creatures — and plenty of time you’ll need, since it’s estimated that 95 percent of the oceans have yet to been explored.

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While you won’t be able to explore every inch of the oceans in your Aquahover, the battery-powered machine does dive down to a depth of 400 ft (a bit over 120m)  — which is over three times as much as the limit allowed for recreational diving. A composite pressure hull, custom carbon fibre seats, and acrylic domes ensure safety while allowing for maximum visibility.

Two independent, digitally-monitored oxygen systems, a closed-circuit internal communications system, and Very High Frequency connections to the surface give additional peace of mind.

Just as you probably shouldn’t drive a car without learning how, your USD$1.5 million (SGD$2.05 million) purchase of the almost-2 tonne sub comes with “comprehensive training”.

More info at the Hammacher Schlemmer website.

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