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    Default Folding Hovercraft???



    Has Anybody ever heard of a folding hovercraft or any real clever ways of compacting a hovercraft to trasport. i remeber seeing on the net an inflatable craft before. any comments???



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    Default Re: Folding Hovercraft???

    The Skima craft were collapseable and I think were intended to be carried by soldiers



    http://www.hoverhire.co.uk/images/skima4-tn.jpg

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    Default Re: Folding Hovercraft???

    i THINK THE ONE YOU THINKING OF IS THE HOVERY (sorry caps)



    http://www.hovery.com/gallery.htm



    there is also the one one of the members made and raced at Black ditch and Wittlesey I think.
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    Default Re: Folding Hovercraft???

    Folding sidebodies were a common design feature in the 70s with the outer say 1.5 -2 feet of the hull folding upwards and inwards thus making storage and transport easier. It also enables you to have a wider craft thus reducing cushion pressure and easing the hump problem and/or increasing the lifting capacity - great for a cruiser. Usually a nylon 'piano hinge' ran the length of each sidebody in order to spread the load.

    The technique is still used by some of the Griffon commercial craft but has gone out of fashion in the UK with the predominance of 'Simple Cyclone clones' whose integrated design uses the sidebody as an air feed duct. But it's still a very useful technique.

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    Default Re: Folding Hovercraft???

    Owning a larger craft can be a problem when trying to find storage, especially if it's 7 or 8 ft wide. Folding sides might be a good idea for a coastal racer/cruiser that wouldn't completely fill your garage when not in use.

    Sheer size is probably one thing that puts people off owning hovercraft and why compact jetskis are more popular.

    I for one would like a folding craft as access to my place is limited.



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    Default Re: Folding Hovercraft???

    For a craft with folding sides look at the Canair 502 see

    www.acvdesigns.com
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    I'd love a set of plans for that craft of your, you build it yourself?



    I remember you sent me some pics of some of your other craft a while back, I hope in the comming years to aldo build up as good a collection of working craft. For all my friends, then we can go on cruises and all that sort of things.

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    Default Re: Folding Hovercraft???

    Looks like it has a sensible number of rudders, too.



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