Personal Hovercraft – Hov Pod SPX TCC 65HP
If you are considering buying hovercrafts – The Hov Pod SPX TCC 65HP is the first production hovercraft to be manufactured from High Density Polyethylene or HDPE. The TCC version is lighter than the previous SPX model which stopped production in 2010.
This model is extremely strong and highly buoyant, whereas most personal hovercraft are manufactured from very thin glass fibre.
Hovercraft weight versus durability
Hovercraft are weight sensitive vehicles, and personal hovercraft tend to be very lightweight. Glass fibre hovercraft can be extremely thin and lack durability – they look great, but do not last many seasons, and can be difficult and expensive to repair.
Boats are made from thicker hulls – push your thumb against a glass fibre boat and it will appear rigid, but push your thumb against a glass fibre hovercraft hull, and you will find that the glass fibre is much thinner, it flexes – it has to be thin and lightweight becuase hovercraft are weight sensitive. Hovercraft are expected to fly over any flat surface so thin glass fibre hovercraft often have a short lifespan – one rock on the mud could crack a hull and spoil your day.
Cheaper personal hovercraft tend to have under-powered lawn mower engines that are uprated or modified – any modification to an engine with probably make the engine warranty invalid, so always check if full warranty is provided.
The Hov Pod SPX TCC 65HP is powered by a Rotax microlight aviation engine, the Rotax Blue Top 582. This high power, low weight engine offers twin ignition for total reliability (microlight pilots trust the Rotax 582 with their lives). Hov Pod have been using this engine since 2005 – we previous tried and rejected engines still used by other manufacturers due to reliability and support issues. Rotax offer superb after sales service, and excellent manuals and documentation, and full 12 months warranty.
Other areas to check are whether fast rotating parts like the fan guards are properly guarded to the front and rear of the fan assembly – those fan blades whizz round at 2000 rpm, and will have no problem chopping off a few fingers if they are allowed to access the duct area. Consider the safety of yourself, your family, your passengers and any bystanders. The Hov Pod design focuses on safety and ease of operation – we fit front and rear fan guards – who would even consider allowing a rotating fan to be unguarded in a public place!
Hovercraft payload and price comparisons
When hovercraft start on water, they create a pressure wave known as the Hump, all hovercraft generally lift 50% more weight when starting on land than they can lift when starting on water. It is important to drill down in the specifications to establish what the on-water payload capability is, because if you are over-weight when starting on water, it could be a long swim home!
The Hov Pod SPX TCC 65HP can lift up to 275 Kgs or 607 pounds from an on-water start, or up to 412 kgs or 912 pounds when starting on land.
Number of seats
It is dangerous to ask hovercraft suppliers how many seats a hovercraft model has got – weight is important, so some passengers have eaten more pies than others, your passenger weight may exceed your on-water payload capability. If a hovercraft fails to “get over hump” you may need to call out the emergency services to get back home again. Hovercraft are not boats, auxiliary outboard engines don’t work!
Other features include:
- Anti plough segmented skirts made from tough polyurethane coated anti-rip nylon weave.
- Easy to operate, maintain and transport by standard car trailer – easy to airlift by helicopter.
- Many options available to suit personal, commercial, patrol and rescue applications.
Contact us for a quote in your currency, we ship to all locations. For more information about this model see http://www.hovercraft.org/products/hov-pod-spx-tcc-65hp/