Hovercraft have many commercial and industrial uses due to the fact that they can go places other water-craft and vehicles can't go. Hovercraft have been successfully used in many applications, hovercraft are very adaptable and can be modified to a multitude of applications.
Hovercraft trips and charters
Survey and maintenance work on rivers mud flats and estuary's
Spraying problem aquatic plans like water hyacinth
Drilling, coring, surveys on dams and even clearing mine fields in the Middle East.
Many military and security organizations around the world are using hovercraft, from large LCAC landing craft to light small fast hovercraft.
As the American military says "no beach out of reach"
Hovercraft are ideal for river border patrols as they are not affected by water depth.
Hovercraft are used by quick reaction forces to cover the terrain quickly.
Hovercraft are used for troop and equipment movements to areas where conventional boats or vehicles can't get to.
Hovercraft are suited to Insurgency and rescue operations.
Hovercraft are ideally suited for a multitude of rescue applications:
Hovercraft are not affected by underwater obstacles or the depth of water.
Hovercraft are not affected by fast flowing flood water containing submerged debris.
Hovercraft have no propeller in the water so it is very safe to use to rescue people from flood water.
Hovercraft are ideal for mud, quick sand and ice rescue.
Hovercraft are fast to deploy once on site.
The main fan can be used to clear smoke from buildings
Hovercraft are very environmentally friendly.
They do not create a bow wave like conventional boats and leave little wake behind them.
Hoverrcraft don’t put their exhaust gasses into the water like conventional boats.
Hovercraft have no underwater pressure signature and no impact on marine life.
Modern hovercraft are very fuel efficient.
Hovercraft leave no permanent tracks on land.
WHERE CAN YOU USE IT?
Any relatively flat surface where the skirt can seal, short grass, mud, sand, snow, ice, water, marshes, tarmac, concrete pretty much anywhere except loose rocks, pebbles and long grass because the skirt cant seal. So, sports fields, lakes, rivers, dams etc...
CAN I DRIVE IT ON THE ROAD?
Yes, but legally No!
DO I NEED A LICENCE TO DRIVE ONE?
In South Africa a hovercraft is considered a boat and if you wish to use it on public rivers and dams you must follow all the regulations applicable to boats. Therefore you will need a skipper's licence this is a simple one day course. Also the hovercraft will have to go through a COF inspection have a buoyancy certificate and be registered and issued a number. It sounds a lot, but not really…..
WHAT ENGINE DO THEY HAVE?
Hovercraft come in different shapes and sizes and have different engines. Modern light hovercraft are moving away from noisy two stroke engines to more fuel efficient and quieter four stroke engines. Larger hovercraft are moving away from gas turbine engines to diesel engines.
HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
Call us, and we will discuss your needs and get you a price.
IF THE ENGINE STOPS WILL IT SINK?
Hovercraft float like a boat, and if swamped (full of water) will continue to float.
WHAT IS THE SKIRT MADE FROM?
The skirt on a hovercraft is a bit like the tires on a car they do eventually wear out. I have seen hovercraft skirts made from various materials but the wrong material will dramatically affect the performance of the hovercraft. Proper hovercraft skirt material is a neoprene coated nylon or similar, it is not cheap but it is incredibly strong and hard wearing. A recreational hovercraft, well set up, with good lift performance with a good quality skirt can last up to 5 years.
Most modern light hovercraft have segmented skirts so you only have to replace or simply refit the damaged segment. You can lose a few segments before you notice a drop in lift performance.