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    Hi there

    Ever since I was teenage I've loved the idea of building myself a 3/4 seater cruising hovercraft. Although I had the space and some of the tools when I was a teenager, I never had the money. Now I've got the money, I live in a second storey flat so I haven't the space.. however the pull is still strong.

    Long story short - I'm thinking it could be a good summer project to build something. I've no particular skills in joinery or mechanics - I can put up a set of ikea shelves - but life's all about learning.

    Obviously, until I'm sure I'm going to be doing this, I don't want to spend too much money joining the club, but could I be cheeky and ask if anyone has any advice on good designs, or hints and tips before I get started looking for a suitably large lockup to build the thing?

    I'm in Glasgow so if there are any local groups, I'd love to come and meet up - didn't see any on the map page but it's got to be worth asking!

    Anyway thanks in advance for any and all helpful comments!

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    It is possible for a relative newcomer to build a capable 3/4 seater. It is a serious undertaking, and you can reckon on spending in the region of 3-5k along the way. You will need competent DIY skills, and may need to be able to locate help with some specialist areas such as welding, but much of what's needed can be learnt along the way.

    I always recommend the Sevtec line of plans-built craft. There are several in the UK and they are very successful if well built. They supply comprehensive "how to do it" videos (at extra cost but well worth it) and when you join the Club, you'll find plenty of build advice on the website.

    Ian
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    The 28 to join the club will be a drop in the ocean compared to the 3500 minimum it will cost you to build a large craft.
    Building a craft that size is not something to go into without a lot of planning and advice. You need it to be safe and reliable as your life may depend on it. Also if it keeps breaking down you will get disillusioned and leave the sport.
    Perhaps you're better off building a 1-2 seater craft first and then move to something larger when you've got a bit of experience under your belt.
    I always advise people to buy a secondhand craft first and learn from it, but if you're adamant you want to build something then buy a decent hull and fit it out.
    I'm sure the guys with Sevtecs will suggest you build one of those especially as there are guys up your way who own them. I think it's a lot of work for a newbie but you must do you research first and then make your decision.

    Gavin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter View Post
    Obviously, until I'm sure I'm going to be doing this, I don't want to spend too much money joining the club, but could I be cheeky and ask if anyone has any advice on good designs, or hints and tips before I get started looking for a suitably large lockup to build the thing?
    I'll be honest with you, the club membership is the cheapest thing you will buy when wanting to build a craft. The information available in the member areas is worth it alone.

    I would always recommend buying a good second hand craft as your first.

    If you are not that experienced at building things then I would recommend it even more. By getting a good second hand craft you will have something that already works and then you can tinker with it and learn what makes them work and what doesn't.

    However if you are dead set on building one then as Ian says the Sevtec (when built right, and slightly modded) work perfectly well in the UK, there are a few of the 'Sevites' up your way and I'm sure they'll be along soon. You could also look at the ASV plans, cracking craft.
    Cheers

    SixpackPert



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    Bloody hell, me and Gav in 'type the same thing' shocker!!
    Cheers

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    Ooh spooky!

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    Come up to Loch Fyne at the end of May. You'll get the chance to see a range of craft. Build choice is limited to ASV, UH, K&M or SEVTEC. ASV wins on looks, SEVTEC wins on function as a cruiser IMO.

    Try before you build !!!!!!!!


    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by hector46 View Post
    ASV wins on looks,






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