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March 18, 2015

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Fishing by Hovercraft

Fishing by Hovercraft

Some of the best hunting and fishing grounds can be difficult to access, unless you try fishing by hovercraft.

Take ice fishing for example – global warming is reducing the length of the ice fishing season, and many people have had to be rescued. Snowmobiles are great on ice, but don’t float like a boat – hovercraft float on a cushion of air, and fly over any flat surface, ice, snow, water, rapids, shallow water – and hovercraft have no propeller to get snagged on underwater rocks or coral.

Fishing by Hovercraft

Fishing by Hovercraft

Hov Pod offer a unique range of hovercraft that are far stronger than traditional hovercraft constructed from glass fibre. Mike Glanville for Hov Pod explains “hovercraft are very weight sensitive vehicles, so suppliers often construct very thin GRP hulls that lack strength. Hov Pod stopped producing glass fibre hulls in 2006 to switch to HDPE (High Density Polyethylene – the material used for kayak construction). HDPE is heavier than glass fibre but far stronger, exceptionally buoyant and easy to repair by heat welding.   Other factors to consider include ease of use, maintenance and transportation. Hov Pod fit anti-plow skirts made from anti-rip polyurethane. “We used to fit neoprene coated nylon but found that material sensitive to sunlight – UV degrades the material over time – we also rejected Hypalon since ice can tear that material. The Hov Pod has a number of sections of skirt depending on the model size, from 65 to 78 – if you damage on skirt section, it can be easily replaced in about a minute.  Hov Pod have also introduced a larger 7-seater model manufactured from Carbon Fibre and bullet proof Kevlar. This model is attracting lots of attention from rescue organisations and the military for flooding relief and border patrol.

See article in fishing magazine at http://fishingsoc.com/articles/view/id/55073b753139448a428b4570/is-the-industry-ready-for-hovercraft-fishing

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