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    Default Newbie looking for crusing craft advice

    Hi,

    I've only just joined and so sorry to be asking for advice first off !

    I am totally new to this sport but I'm looking for a 2 ( ideally 3 man) cruising craft for use on my local estuary and occasional trips out in calm weather to the Sea / local beaches only accessable from the water. I am looking for a pre built craft a couple of years old or new. Budget up to 10k.

    From my research the choice seems to be limited to a Flying Fish Marlin or Hovpod ? I'd really appreciate advice on which members think is the best craft along with any suggestions for other craft I should consider ?

    Many thanks in advance for any assistance that can be given

    Iain

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    Default Re: Newbie looking for crusing craft advice

    Hello and welcome!

    The first thing I suggest that you do is look at the Buyers Guide. This will give lots of advice, and with your budget you should be able to find something worthwhile. However - it may take a little while to find a good craft and I would advise patience!

    Once you have digested the Buyers Guide, then the next stop is probably the Liks and Downloads page - its on the home page. From here you can get details of the main manufacturers. With you budget, it is worth calling each one and discussing what is available - they sometimes have late second-user stuff available. In the larger craft, 10k should get you a late second-hand craft in excellent condition, whilst the same budget will buy a smaller craft new. My advise would be to go for a larger craft - the number of seats in a craft is not necessarily the same as the number it can carry in "real" conditions! As an example, my craft is a three seater, but I normally only carry two as that allows for a safety margin for when the conditions turn for the worse.

    If you want any more personalised advice, you can PM me with details of where you live, what craft you are thinking or, etc

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    Default Re: Newbie looking for crusing craft advice

    hi iain
    as a reasonable newbie myself i have to say the members of hcgb are a very very helpful and friendly bunch and made me feel very welcome even though i could have put the work they had been doing on the weston super mare access back by years, ( bought my craft then went straight on the beach there not knowing hovercraft had been banned).
    one member especially has helped me on several occasions with info and practical help getting my flying fish upto standard. as for your budget and craft i can only give you info on my hc, i paid 5000 for mine and im over the moon, i just got back from a trip from ladram bay in devon , and my craft performed brilliantly, i did manage to bust three sections of skirt when i hit a rock on the beach but that was my inexperience rather than the craft.
    gary

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    Default Re: Newbie looking for crusing craft advice

    Thanks for taking the time to respond Ian - have sent you a PM

    All the best

    Iain

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    Hi Gary,

    Thanks loads for the response. Its nice to know that peple are there to help and I hope I can pay this back in some way in the future.

    Did you look at / try any other craft when making your mind up ?

    All the best

    Iain

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    Default Re: Newbie looking for crusing craft advice

    to be honest , no, i always fancied a hc and was sitting in bed on a sunday morning watching scrap heap challenge and they had to make a hovercraft, so i typed in hover craft in google and up came flying fish, an email later the owner offered me a ex demo one and without really thinking i said yes, but like i said im over the moon and think for me ive made a good choice.
    gary

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    Default Re: Newbie looking for crusing craft advice

    Thanks just looked at the pics of your Marlin - awesome looking HC !

    Guess I am closer to making my mind up

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    Go On Get the FISH, you won't be sorry. !!!

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