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seand_internet - n/a
12-Nov-07, 10:27 PM
Hi to All

My brother and myself have been thinking of building a Hovercraft for some time now, we have been looking at plans and have came across the Eagle 3 so we orderd them up. I see on the plans that 35Mph is max speed is this normal or is it a Conservative measure I was expecting it to faster. After reading lots I have alot of Questions in my head.

I will list a few of them below hoping on some advice to point us in the correct direction.

1) Is this the corect model for us ? as we intend on using on land , Rivers and lough's

2) if so what engine is best suited? I see that the plans suggest a AX 1.4 gt engine, I have a rover 1.4 16v K series and all electrics is this suitable? or is a large bike engine better

3) do I need to adjust the plans for a lift engine if so What engine would do the job?

4) Is there any mods that need to be thought of at this stage eg skirt design and so on.

5) also what is the craft like for plough in or can this be made better by any mods.

6) how important is weight on a craft

I have a thousand and one questions I would like to ask but maybe this will get the ball rolling.

Thanks in advance


team black - n/a
13-Nov-07, 07:11 AM
The chances are you'll get a thousand and two answers http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_lol.gif Id make the Irish Hovercraft Club your first point of call, no doubt David Ryan will pop up here soon. See what the guys are using and they'll soon start to give you ideas.


Ian Brooks - n/a
13-Nov-07, 06:14 PM



And spend an hour or two browsing... You will find it inspirational!

I personally recommend SevTec machines for homebuild cruiser, although that is not to naysay any other flavour of craft. I completed my Surveyor early this year and have done more than 1000 miles in it - it does what it says on the tin!

A build diary of an Eagle 3 may be found here:


Also see the buyers guide:

http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/cruising/cruisingcraft/cruising (http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/cruising/cruisingcraft/cruisingcraft.html) craft.html

This gives background to the choice of cruiser, and may help. The cost of the plans is a very small part of the total build cost - better to buy several sets before you settle on the ideal craft for yourself than to get it finished and find it doesn't suit you!

You are right to think about plough-in - at best its annoying, at worst dangerous! Also you need to think about getting over hump - a craft that cannot get over hump is not worth having. The other question is spray - which can be uncomfortable and interfere with good vision. Try navigating through a flotilla of dingies with salt water in your eyes!

Good luck!


david ryan - n/a
13-Nov-07, 06:25 PM
Hi Seán, and welcome to the weird and wonderful world of hovercrafting. As Ewan has already said, I am the chairman of the IHC and you will be glad to hear that it is an all-Ireland club with members spread out from Derry to Kerry. At the moment, one member in Derry (Aiden Cusack) is in the final stages of building a Sevtec. Why not give me a ring (0035314554248) or drop me a line at hoverireland@yahoo.ie .I'll be glad to give you an idea of what the IHC is up to over the next 12 months and any advice that might be of assistance.