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Tony Williams - n/a
31-Jul-06, 08:41 PM
Im thinking of buying a 3 seater Hov Pod, At the moment im informed that the engines are 2 stroke but there are plans for a 4 stroke in the near future . Should I wait for the 4 stroke engine or is the 2 stroke engine reliable enough? Help any body

jon_curtis - n/a
31-Jul-06, 10:12 PM
if its the rotax in it, thats better than the hirths



they are good craft, but seem expensive.



cant comment on the 4 stroker!

Nickinoue - n/a
31-Jul-06, 10:14 PM
I have a feeling the reply you might get from everyone is dont buy a Hoverpod!

The amount of arguements, problems with it goes on and we could just go on about it for pages but u might as well buy the best ready made hover that is well known to work unless you are getting the hoverpod for a very very cheap price.

Sorry to sound so dismal

Nick

HoverDude - n/a
31-Jul-06, 10:27 PM
Hi Nick,



So is there an "official" ready-to-ride craft that HCGB recommends ?



I'm familiar with Eagle, Hoverjet, and MAD seems quite interesting as well.



Any opinions or old threads here you could point me to ?



Thanks,



Ohad

Nickinoue - n/a
31-Jul-06, 11:00 PM
Of course there is no recommended craft, but the craft should be chosen carefully for what it is going to be used for! like you would even think about racing a hoverpod on a inland hover race. K and M products provides ready built hovers that definatly work well and can be competative. I have built my craft but that is something completely different. Some people would never think about making theirs whereas others wouldnt think of anything else but to make it! To be honest its mostly down to personal choice but the Hoverpod has had very bad reviews from the people that own them, the hover boffs that undersand all the tek and hoverpod themselves are selling 2nd hand craft much much cheaper than the new ones just so they can make a sale! So i just thourght id point that out. But they are good as a craft which you can take out on a lake quickly and easily with the need of just filling the tank. Not much tech knowlage needed.

Nick

hovercad - n/a
1-Aug-06, 08:09 AM
Noticed the same hovpod is for sale on ebay again.160013740059

Only 1350.

Seems to be a magic number for this chap.

Russ Pullen - n/a
1-Aug-06, 08:12 AM
If you want a cruiser or coastal racing, I'd strongly reccommend a 4 stroke for noise economy and reliability reasons.



If you're looking at an inland racer, then by the company's own admission, a HovPod isn't going to be suitable (50bhp and 250kgs won't win you much!)



If you want a craft to look at an go 'Phwoaar!' then they do look the business.



Just depends what you want to do with it.



Good Luck



Russ

Russ Pullen - n/a
1-Aug-06, 08:19 AM
The amount of arguements, al

Nick






Thats not entirely fair Nick, most of the rows centred around HoverPod, rather than HovPod.



HoverPod appeared to be a bit iffy, it was an alleged race series and some guy came on here bigging it all up, trying to get people to send him money to buy into craft that only consisted of computer generated images.



It wasn't anything to do with HovPod who were more than a little put out about it!

Nickinoue - n/a
1-Aug-06, 10:35 AM
Ok, sorry Russ i might have got the wrong end of the stick. I do admit they look good but people i have spoken to that have them have had numerous problems, maby its just a 1 off.

But they are a lil to xpensive 4 my likeing brand new!

Nick

saltyjim - n/a
1-Aug-06, 02:55 PM
Careful on ebay. The same person seems to be trying to sell a Hovpod, but under different names.



Each time, the site has a message where he offers to sell it to you for 1350.



I would love to be proved wrong, but this looks like a scam.



If you get an e-mail back, he claims to be Andrew Whitmire. Does anyone know of such a guy owning a hovpod.

Russ Pullen - n/a
1-Aug-06, 04:49 PM
But they are a lil to xpensive 4 my likeing brand new!

Nick




Following the price cuts early this year, they're down from 15k to 11k+VAT now, bargain....! http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_twisted.gif

Tony Williams - n/a
2-Aug-06, 08:05 PM

HoverDude - n/a
2-Aug-06, 11:46 PM
Hey guys,



Just a quick note to say I talked to the Hov Pod people to ask them some questions. I do endorse their craft on my site, so it was important for me to understand enthusiast concerns and not just post a link.



Here's the deal:



Hov Pod is probably the best choice for people interested in hovercraft cruising (rather than racing). They are heavier, but invest a lot in safety issues to comply with insurance standards. Hence the relatively higher cost.



So, you're not going to win a race on a Hov Pod, but if you want a ready-to-ride craft you can take your kid sister on without giving your mom a heart attack - Hov Pod is probably the way to go http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_smile.gif



Please feel free to challenge me on this. I'm educating myself on the variety of crafts and options, so any input is greatly appreciated.



Ohad

hover_southwest - n/a
3-Aug-06, 12:59 AM
did look into buying one about 4 years ago



yes they look nice, but oh boy do they sound loud. did ask at the time about the options of fitting a 4 stroke, they said that option would appear soon, 4 years later and i do not see this to be in effect yet



in the end i went for a second hand osprey 5 MKII, for no other reason that i like the look, and the then owner had made modifications, 2 exhaust silencers, 16 blades to the fan, which has resulted in a quiter, 4 stroke craft



if i had the choice again, looking back over experience gained, i would more than likely go for the flying fish marlin (see links page) for my first craft as it seems to have good reviews on this site and is about 2/3rds the price of the new HovPod and has a very good pedigre.



please dont get me wrong, nothing againstt the osprey but a smaller craft is easier to take out on your own



mind you i have just aquired a larger hover, Canair 506, so kind of shot myself in the foot on that aspect. although reverse thrust does meen she is one person launch/recoverable.... so heres hoping, just need to do some work on her as she hasnt been used in over 2 years http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_rolleyes.gif



onother option i would strongly consider would be a craft with a seperate lift engine to the thrust. had my first flight at the controls of this type of craft a few weeks ago, different way of flying and very suitable for the work it was doing



all in all its personal choice. this BB is a very useful tool for reviewing information, although some members are more bias to certain manufacturers, still worth a look though

J Bucknall - n/a
3-Aug-06, 04:48 PM
Sorry but here is a totally shameles plug seeing as everyone else has had ther say!



The craft built by Vortex services are cruisers with a racing thoughoughbred pedigree.

Race craft are available too such as the storm

Craft can be in various configurations to suit the owners requirements both four and two stroke.

1-4seat (possibly more)



the designs are ALL proven on either the race track or such events as the rhone raid (400 Km in a week - hardcore).



so far i dont know of anyone that has been disappointed with the craft.



for proof of racing pedigree just look at the results of Storm racing over the last couple of years.



Plug over http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif



John b



ps piccy is 2 vortex storms taking first and second in the last open at fawley, one twin engine (still in development but going like the clappers) one single engine version.

Ian Brooks - n/a
7-Aug-06, 07:06 PM
Hi



No-on has mentioned BBV... they make an excellent 3 seater, twin engine, 4 stroke, proven, capable and quiet. I only mention it because no-one else has, I think you should also look at the Flying Fish and Vortex machines then make your choice from the three.



Ian