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January 13, 2015

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Best Hovercraft

Best Hovercraft

 What hovercraft is best for cruising and commercial use?

  • The first consideration is durability to consider how the hovercraft will cope with the occasional knock – as hovercraft are very weight sensitive, some hobbyist suppliers make hovercraft from very thin glass fibre. HDPE is far stronger than glass fibre, and will last many more years, see drop test video below.

    Best Hovercraft

    Best Hovercraft

  • Hovercraft can nose dive into the water, catapulting passengers and contents, and this characteristic is known as ploughing. Hov Pod set the trim to reduce the threat of ploughing.
  • FreeBoard – some hovercraft have very low freeboard, allowing heavy water to enter the hovercraft when it stops on the water and thus preventing it from getting airborne on water.  Look at the back of the hovercraft to see the level of the duct, how close it is to the water’s edge. The Hov Pod floats very high in the water due to the buoyancy properties of HDPE, and has a high freeboard.
  • Check also to see if the rear of the duct is properly guarded to prevent little fingers checking the rotation speed of the fans, especially if you want your kids to take up piano or guitar – younger kids are not so great at reading warning signs.
  • Check on-water payload since all hovercraft create a pressure wave known as The Hump, and generally carry 50% more weight when starting on land. Never ask – how many seats, consider how many pies you and your passengers have eaten, hovercraft are weight sensitive. If you are over weight, there is no way for the hovercraft to get airborne, could be a long swim home.
  • Does the engine come with full warranty, or has it been modified and uprated to invalidate warranty?
  • Other factors – how long has the supplier been in business, will they be around tomorrow to provide support?

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