Hello to you all, I've been lurking for a few weeks, but this is my first post - hopefully not the last !

Knowing my interest in these craft, my wife kindly bought me an "experience" - half a day driving a hovercraft. The two providers are "Hovpod" and "Flying Fish". Does any one have any advice for me, or past experiences to share as to which might be the better choice?

Distance is not a factor as I will have to travel a reasonable distance for either.

If enjoyable, I have a half formed plan to build my own craft, so with this in mind would one or other of the providers be more attractive?

My current thinking is toward about 12' single engine and I might have access to a Honda CX500 engine, would this be worth buying now in anticipation, or is it just not suitable?

Any advice would be appreciated as I don't want to get put off before I even start.