Here is one for the home constructors !!

I've just been approached by a retired lecturer at a local further education college. As an 'enrichment' project he has been asked to run a project to make and then operate a 2 seater hovercraft.

At present the design is is an open book - I don't think they intend to go on open water with it but they will want it to work reliably and for more than a few minutes.

Budget is 1000 all in.

I've been asked to help with information and a source of plans & parts.

Can anyone suggest an easy to build craft, inexpensive engine/s and skirt.

Are there any kits suitable for this sort of low key project?

The Eagle 1 looks to be a good bet but are there any others to consider?

Any advice or help greatly appreciated!