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    Hi all my name is Nick and i live in Portsmouth Hants.

    I am very intrested in getting or building a hovercraft and have been looking around for a while now. does anyone have any tips for what i will need, eg a licence to fly it, insurance, permission form harbour master, that sort of thing. I am new to this and have never had or flown a hovercraft before and am intersted in cruising to beging with as we have a lot of suitable shore and harbour areas near us. any info very much appriciated.

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    Default Re: Newbie here, saying hi!

    Quote Originally Posted by saintnick
    intersted in cruising to beging




    Begging's a useful ability, can be an expensive hobby!



    My advice is to join your local club, theres lots of folks in your area. Go along to some branch meets, and you'll get the answers to all your questions.



    Welcome aboard!

    Russ

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintnick
    Hi all my name is Nick and i live in Portsmouth Hants.

    I am very intrested in getting or building a hovercraft and have been looking around for a while now. does anyone have any tips for what i will need, eg a licence to fly it, insurance, permission form harbour master, that sort of thing. I am new to this and have never had or flown a hovercraft before and am intersted in cruising to beging with as we have a lot of suitable shore and harbour areas near us. any info very much appriciated.


    Hi Nick,



    To answer your specific questions:



    No, you don't need a licence to fly a light hopvercraft



    Liability insurance is a good idea if you are going to operate in public places (almost anywhere!)



    In general, you don't need permission to "navigate" on tidal waters (parts of rivers, estuaries, the sea, etc) BUT you should stay clear of SSSIs, SSA, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. Some harbours and estuaries are "Queen's Harbours" and have controls (speed limits, nav channels, etc). You will also need consent to use a launch ramp/site that isn't on public land or below the high water makr.



    I wouldn't recommend messing around in a harbour or on a beach (other than for launching) - you are bound to annoy someone and end up giving hovercraft a bad reputation.



    As to what type of craft you need - that's up to you to tell us what and where you are expecting to use it for (solo cruising, family days out, etc). There is a "Buyers Guide" on this site under Cruising in the main menu if you are looking to buy a second hand craft. Or have a look at my site (link below) for some of the things we get up to and links to plan suppliers.



    All the above is IMO of course


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    Hey mate i live in pompey too- there is a local branch that meets near southampton if you were interested in cruising etc- im a racer.



    Pete

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    thats great advice, thanks. im looking forward to getting started.

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    Default Re: Newbie here, saying hi!

    While you're on Saint Nick can I put in my order for Christmas please? A shiny new GP would be good, oh and a seasons worth of lager too!

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    Ho Ho Ho!

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