Yes it does. Any surface which the skirt can seal to such as tarmac (bitumen) grass, sand, snow, ice, mud, saltings, marshes… pretty much anything except a pebble beach.
Yes you can. You’ll probably end up in prison but if you’re lucky you’ll be arrested by a policeman with a sense of humour. (That’s a ‘NO’ by the way).
It really doesn’t matter – basically, if you can’t see it, you can’t hit it. The water can a puddle or a mile deep – it makes no difference at all.
In the UK, you don’t. Hovercraft are classified as boats for recreational purposes. If you’re operating commercially, the situation becomes more complex – just ask us and we’ll explain. You’ll need to check your local regulations if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere other than the UK.
In any case, we recommend that you get some basic boating knowledge so you understand the ‘rules of the road’ – driving into another water user at 30knots can seriously ruin your enjoyment. We can provide training and certification for both recreational and commercial users.
Plenty! Power to weight is the important thing. The Marlin (for instance) weighs a little over 200kgs. Your Ford Fiesta weighs nearer 1000kgs, and has what? Maybe 80bhp? Heavy hovercraft need more power, which means loads of noise and spray, high running costs, poor range and dreadful steering.
Efficiency and clever design means a little power goes a long way. Our 35bhp Marlin out performs a 120bhp hovercraft made of HDPE for instance! A good analogy is to compare the performance of a 120bhp Caterham 7 weighing 600kgs and a 700bhp Scania Truck with bald tyres! Which one’s fastest and most fun to drive?
Of course you do, some folks will always want to go faster! Ask for details on our ‘Rampage’ engine – a modified Vanguard that offers 50bhp at the same low revs. Installed in a bog-standard Marlin II, it took second place in the WHF World Endurance Championship, competing against full-blown racing craft.
Anywhere you can use a boat – but with the advantage of being able to cruise at low water, exploring shallow water bays and estuaries, waterways and beaches where no boat can go. Around the UK, there are lots of fabulous places to use your hovercraft and clubs who organise cruising events.
Hovercraft are the most environmentally sound powered vessel available, so you can rest assured that – as long as you use your craft responsibly – you’ll cause no damage to the ground over which you travel or the environment in general. It goes without saying that you can’t drive a hovercraft across Blackpool Beach on a sunny July Saturday without expecting a prison sentence. Be sensible, don’t be an idiot, and you can enjoy your hovercraft without causing offense or danger to other people. We have written a more in depth article about this in our blog.