Be carefull,

Such a....... U ( F ) O ( flying has to be demonstrated ) is a pain in .....

heavy, low cushion, high center of gravity, very hard to handle if it flies.

NEVER buy an hovercraft if you hav' nt seen it , or the same one , flying.

Buy only a serie one

Depending on the purpose, ask frequent users for help, like you' ve done.

Same for training.

Cruising needs money, racing needs MONEY.

Here is the link to french club organizing the Raid:

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/rhonealpesmotonautique/

Parts and second hand available.

and my hovercrafts photo album:

http://community.webshots.com/user/speedymartin

Better start with a small hovercraft.

See you.