Winter Cabin Access

Winter Cabin Access

Many people enjoy cabin living, but when your cabin is in a remote area, getting access in winter can prove impossible, particularly where ice is concerned.

How to reach the cabin in winter?  

Hovercraft can fly over any flat surface, so over ice, snow or open water. Boats and jet Skis don’t fare so well over ice, and snow mobiles often fall through the ice.

Winter Cabin Access
Winter Cabin Access

When choosing a hovercraft for winter cabin access, be aware of the following points:

Many hovercraft are made from thin glass fiber, which can crack and let in water into the air chambers – the Hov Pod is the only hovercraft made from durable and highly buoyant HDPE  (High Density Polyethylene)

Skirts can rip, in the past we have tried and rejected hypalon (tears too easily) and neoprene coated nylon (Which degrades from UV sunlight) The Hov Pod has extremely tough polyurethane coated anti-rip nylon segmented skirts – if one does get trashed, they are easy to replace, you don’t have to change the whole skirt as in the case of a one piece bag skirt.

Starting on water – hovercraft create a pressure wave, the HUMP, and some models lack power to get over hump. It is important to check on water payload specifications since some manufacturers simply state the number of seats the hovercraft has. Hovercraft can all carry 50% more weight when starting on land, so some suppliers fudge payload ratings, only quoting on-land payload – check on-water, and check your weight to carry including passenger weight, in case you go over your on-water payload. The Hov Pod 120HP Turbo can carry 718 pounds from an on-water start, the Carbon Infinity can carry 995 pounds from an on-water start + 50% weight when starting on land.