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Latest & Greatest: February 2003

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Move Over, Capt. Nemo

By Capt. Patrick Sciacca — February 2003

   
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Maybe you don’t want to go 20,000 leagues under the sea (after all, that works out to 60,000 miles), but how about 120 feet, give or take a fathom? The AquaGlider X30 from AquaPower is geared to take diving enthusiasts underwater limousine-style.

This 12-foot-long by six-foot-wide (including vertical-movement fins), battery-powered, open-hulled, fiberglass-bodied, aluminum-framed vehicle can carry three divers at a leisurely 3 knots for two hours through the octopus’ garden. (Did I mention this pseudo-submarine is yellow, too? However, white is an option.) Divers sit single file with the pilot aft, controlling the motion of the X30 with foot pedals that direct the four three-blade propellers and two fins. All the divers need to become part of nature’s aquarium is a mask, wet suit, and air tanks, which can be stowed in an aft rack.

Passengers communicate via a standard wireless communication system. (Are you starting to think James Bond’s buddy Q had a hand in designing this thing?) As safety is first in all boating and diving activities, the X30 comes standard with master-power cut-off, voltmeter, dive flag, flare gun, PFD, and an emergency inflator button, which engages a redundant air system via a pony bottle. The result is the ability to deploy air bags at deep depths and float the X30 to the surface in an emergency. Call for pricing.

Aqua Power Phone: (561) 745-7020. www.goaquapower.com.

Is there a piece of gear you would like to know more about or see PMY put to the test? Write to Latest & Greatest, Power & Motoryacht, 260 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Fax: (917) 256-2282. e-mail: patrick_sciacca@primediamags.com. No phone calls, please.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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