The Hov Pod SPX Hovercraft is the only hovercraft currently available manufactured from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Equally Carbon Kevlar composite as used on the carbon range of Hov Pod craft is common to many high tech industries but has very rarely been applied to a full hovercraft hull in a production environment.
All-terrain vehicles need to be very strong & take punishment in day to day use over ice, water debris, stones, rocks, rough terrain and bumps and dips in the surface. The superior weight to strength ratio for our hulls is vastly superior to glass fibre or inflatable hulls, that is why it is used for kayaks (that continually hit and ride off submerged rocks) and to create artificial joints, ice rink puck impact plates & F1 crash barriers. This ensures that the Hov Pod is lightweight, extremely buoyant, yet far stronger & more impact resistant than brittle glass fibre (GRP) which cracks & breaks on impact or inflatable hulls that can rip on a sharp objects or debris.. You can hit our hulls with a mallet or jump up & down on it without cracking it, which means that the Hov Pod can withstand operational use, impacts, knocks & bumps that destroy other craft.
We are the only company to fully manufacture the whole hull and duct incorporating HDPE or carbon Fibre/Kevlar across the full surface.
As an example our demonstrator craft has been driven up and own our local debris infested river and tidal banks on average twice a week for 4 years. In that time we demonstrate the hulls durability by going over rubble, blocks, stones etc and after 4 years of this recently turned our hull over to replace the sacrificial skids we fit………….no hull damage had occurred despite regular knocks and bangs and a few heavy impacts with larger debris lying on the shore. After 4 years of use the owner is far more satisfied to have chosen Hov Pod as a material that withstands these knocks as opposed to an alternative hull material that is severely worn down, damaged or has shattered into pieces, sometimes in only 6 months.
We also recently had to conduct rescue training for various military and special forces teams where we were told to launch the craft in many different areas. You cannot always go from a nice smooth slipway we were told (quite correctly) so we tested the craft leaving and returning to broken concrete ramps, boulder strewn banks, deep gullies that we dropped into, mangrove bushes and all manner of other areas. The idea was to see what punishment the craft could take on these rescue missions before repairs were required. We were quite staggered that after several days of this virtually no damage had been sustained apart from light marking and small local surface abrasions and indents.
Take a look at the durability V1 video in the bottom right hand corner video about 50 seconds in where the craft hits a large log on edge of frozen lake to see it bounce off with hardly any damage to skirt or hull: http://www.hovpod.com/hovercraft/hov-pod-hovercraft-durability/