The hovercraft concept has been around for many decades and it has always been appealing as a way of transportation for various reasons. First of all, air cushioned vehicles (ACVs), which is the right term for hovercraft, can go practically anywhere. Land, mud, ice or water are no obstacles to this mode of transport. The first hovercraft were huge, and primarily used as passenger transport across the English Channel between the UK and also France. All these carriers went out of business, since they never made a profit. The automobiles were loud, awkward and expensive to operate.
Until recently, small personal hovercraft were just not viable. For one thing, the materials available for building them were not up to the job. Today’s brand-new products provide smaller sized, quieter engines, harder general hull building and construction and also raised safety. Similar to any kind of car, a hovercraft can be separated into distinctive components, particularly, the hull, the skirt, guiding as well as power unit. Each of these should be considered prior to you purchase an ACV, either for sport or recreation use. Although craft are available for up to 6 guests, the large majority marketed are merely 2 seaters. Naturally, racing hovercraft have simply one seat.
The hull is the main bulk of the vehicle and can be made from various materials. Traditionally, glass fiber was made use of nearly widely, as well as it still is the standard for competing hovercraft since it’s agility as well as strength assist the vehicle’s power-to-weight ratio immensely. However, the are prone to splitting upon impact and are expensive to repair. Modern expanded plastics are being used a growing number of, especially for convenience versions where safety and security is the first consideration. Such plastics could be struck hard with a hammer and not split, simply sustaining local damage.
The skirt hangs from the hull and contains the pressurized air cushion needed to provide lift. it could easily end up being gotten on rocks or branches and also tear, so the most up to date skirts are made in sections, so just one piece can be transformed if damaged. Neoprene covered cross-layered nylon or Kevlar additionally guarantees that splits are unlikely. The industry standard for control is to use handlebars while throwing body weight towards the turn. Last but not least, electrical power units could be either 2 or four stroke, and also smaller personal hovercraft generally use one engine for lift and also forward thrust.
New Manufacturing Materials Make Personal Hovercraft Affordable For The Masses
The application of new construction materials bring the small hovercraft within reach of the leisure, sports and rescue markets
— HovPod Hovercraft, a global leader in the manufacture of small hovercraft, announces the launch of a new series of ACV (Air Cushioned Craft) designed for a variety of markets at world beating prices. The SPX is the result of extensive research into new materials and is set to revolutionize the industry, addressing pressing customer concerns concerning safety and maintainability.
The new design is currently the only production model in the market place using High Density Polyethelyne (HDPE) for hull construction. Unlike Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP), this new material is very tough and can withstand shocks that would shatter a conventional hovercraft hull.
Mike Glanville, Sales and Marketing Manager of Reaction International Ltd, the company behind HovPod, said; “Prospective clients look very impressed when I demonstrate the strength of the SPX hull by hitting it with a hammer. The HDPE material is used in the fabrication of F1 Formula crash barriers, so it can really take a beating.”
In addition to its remarkable mechanical strength, HDPE has enhanced buoyancy and the vehicle can support a ton of weight before water ingresses the hull. Full details of all manufacturing materials and specifications can be found on their marketing partner site www.leisure-hovercraft.com.
Safety is a major concern and this new hovercraft design eliminates one of the biggest problems with personal hovercraft used to travel on water, that of ‘plow-in’, which occurs when a wave pulls the front of the craft down causing it to dip into the water with disastrous results.
The new design also boasts a completely new skirt design fabricated in small sections so that each piece can be quickly changed if damaged. In addition, the original Neoprene coated skirts have been superseded by a new polyurethane and nylon woven material which is almost impossible to tear.
Peter Ward, founder of Hov Pod Hovercraft said; “We have a standing challenge for any prospective customer – if you can tear our skirt material after we cut it an inch or two, you will win a giant bottle of the very best champagne. It just can’t be done.”
The HovPod SPX is available world wide and is the only hovercraft for sale using HDPE for hull construction. The company has it’s sights firmly set on the leisure market and is also developing products aimed at the special requirements of search and rescue operations.