Li­cence to thrill

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

There’s a rea­son the Deep­f­light Dragon looks like some­thing a re­luc­tant Q might hand over to an en­thu­si­as­tic James Bond; the high-tech mini sub­ma­rine op­er­ated by 007 in the 1981 film For Your Eyes Only was cre­ated by the founder of Deep­f­light, Gra­ham hawkes. this two-seater sub­mersible, how­ever, is bet­ter for mar­vel­ling at marine life than track­ing down bad guys and beau­ti­ful girls. and you don’t need 007’s tech­ni­cal dex­ter­ity; it’s so easy to op­er­ate, any­one can do it. rather than flood­ing tanks with wa­ter like a con­ven­tional sub­ma­rine, four ro­tors gen­tly drive the sub­mersible be­low the sur­face, up to 120 me­tres, while two rear ro­tors pro­pel the ves­sel, which ma­noeu­vres much like an air­craft. the con­trols are in­tu­itive and sim­ple. Be­cause the craft is buoy­ant, if any­thing goes wrong you’ll sim­ply float to the sur­face.

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