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17-Jun-09, 10:45 PM
Hi All
Brief intro
Was a member about 35 years ago have been in europe all this time now back in the uk.
Hull East Yorkshire
would like to build half size 6ft x 3ft hovercraft with my grandson and then go on to a fullsize one.
need some help has anybody the design for the segmented skirt that i would be able to up or downsize to a particular size of machine.Any help
in this matter would be very gratefull.
64years old would like to design and build my own have workshop and lots of get up and go.
many thanks
look foreward to any help and advice which comes my way.


Ian Brooks
18-Jun-09, 07:18 AM
How old is your grandson?

It's just as much work to build a mini-craft that won't be capable of operating except in a field, as it is to build a small craft that will work on open water, that can be handled by children, but will take an adult & child too.

Have a look at one of these:


Operated here by my son, then aged 12.

Built with a 13hp engine they go well, uprated to a 20-22hp engine, they are capable of taking an adult and child out on a "real" cruise.

We have a member in Leeds that cruises the Humber regularly - you would be able to join up with him for cruising...

Take a look at this:


Ugly they are, but the great benefit is this will work when you are finished!

Just an idea...

18-Jun-09, 08:34 AM
the member in leeds is me.Gary.
you can contact me or leave your details,
i will be on the humber soon and you are more than welcome to come and have a look,i will give you as much help as i can.
Once you start it takes over.
be warned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

18-Jun-09, 02:18 PM
many thanks for taking the time to come back.
must agree with your reasoning Ian why spend time money when i can
start a full project and save money ??? have to convince the wife anyway thanks.
Gary many thanks for the offer my details i think are somewhere within
this site as is my email address so would look foreword to hearing from you
again many thanks.

Bob Lane

Jon Pert
18-Jun-09, 03:21 PM

Gary many thanks for the offer my details i think are somewhere within
this site as is my email address so would look foreword to hearing from you
again many thanks.

Bob Lane

It's true, just click on bobs username (bobthebuilder) in this post and a little drop down menu will appear with options to private message, email etc etc.

Welcome Bob! http://www.jonrb.com/emoticons/wavey.gif

As you progress nearer to build time you may want to think about joining the club. That will give you access to the member areas which includes a builders forum, a tips and tricks forum and a magazine archive going back 40 years with plenty of info for you to digest. http://www.jonrb.com/emoticons/whatever2.gif

The membership fee is a very small amount considering the amount money you are about to invest in building a craft.

Again welcome and good luck with your build. http://www.jonrb.com/emoticons/smash.gif

19-Jun-09, 06:18 AM
Yes Yes, welcome from a cold rainy South Africa.

I am just starting my sevtec Surveyor build and this would be a great time for you to start too, as I am going to be throwing questions at the guys as the build progresses, maybe if we both build at the same speed, then problems and solutions can be solved once instead of asking the same question twice.

I already have my foam cut and ready for fiber, got the glass and resin yesterday so you had better hurry if you want to catch up.

Enjoy the build.