A Conversation for Hovercraft on the Isle of Wight, UK

Disappointment

Post 1

Dinsdale Piranha

I remember being very disappointed on my first trip to France in an SR-N4 in that the spray generated rendered it virtually imposible to see out of the window.

Not only that, but the Hoverport in Boulogne was so far out of the town, next to some horrendous, smelly sort of processing plant.

Still wish they were in operation, though.


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Post 2

Still Incognitas, Still Chairthingy, Still lurking, Still invisible, unnoticeable, missable, unseen, just haunting h2g2

I live in the seaside village where the hovercraft was predominantly tested and developed.I loved going down to the beach to see them operating across the Solent and I absolutely loved my first flight in a hovercraft and I am disappointed that this invention has never been as well developed as it could be.It is at present the fastest form of transport across to the Isle of Wight and was always the fastest way across the Channel.Why does no one see it's full potential?An amphibious form of transport that can travel both on water and land.It must have it's uses somewhere in the world?


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Post 3

Bluebottle

I must confess to being a full supporter of hovercraft, and the main reason that now Seacats are run across the channel rather than hovercraft is because the Seacats were subsidised by the Australian government, and therefore cheaper, whereas British Hovercraft production has had no real investment in them. There seems to be increased interest in Canada for hovercraft nowadays, but little elsewhere.
But there's always hope.

As for ferries - I've yet to see any fast ferry, catamarans included, that can travel without producing at least some spray.

<BB<


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Post 4

Sea Change

Canada has done some fascinating things with timber harvesting blimps that hover along, instead of over a sea of water, but a sea of evergreen. They have amazingly fine control.

If they can haul huge loads of logs, maybe they already have something that could be realy useful as human transport, but possibly only the high value of the logs pays off, unless the load were military.


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Post 5

greggrren42

I have the pleasure of being able to go to the place that both Princess Margaret and Princess Anne are kept in extended readiness. I have so far had a couple of tours on both these craft over the last two years and i have a pretty much free run of Swift.

I am very dissapointed that these three craft have been taken out of service and i wish some one could have the poor business since and the large walet to buy these. (I say poor business sence because of the conditions placed upon any buyer by hoverspeed.)
All three are wonderful craft and it is a pity to see that swift has really died a horrible and nasty death. I do feel priviledge to have this access but i would have loved to have seen them flying.


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Post 6

Bluebottle

It really is a shame that that is happening, but then it is inevitable that, when they're not in use, their condition is going to quickly deteriote. And now the hovercraft have been joined by concorde in the "fastest way to travel, but now redundant" category. I really don't understand the sense sometimes.

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Post 7

TerryRuth

hi
im interested in srn4 info
purchase ?? any stll running
I am canadian will they function -40 degrees
many more questions


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Post 8

TerryRuth

I amm canadian
what do you know about hoverspeed re:sale srn4
also need LOTS of info
would like to speak to a pilot


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Post 9

Bluebottle

Probably the best people to contact would be the Hovercraft Museum - see hovercraft-museum.org. They actually have an SRN-4 there.

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Post 10

Bluebottle

We long knew it but the hovercraft to the Isle of Wight is now officially one of the best public transport smiley - bus rides on smiley - earth:
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/apr/25/10-best-worlds-public-transport-rides-readers-travel-tips

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Post 11

Still Incognitas, Still Chairthingy, Still lurking, Still invisible, unnoticeable, missable, unseen, just haunting h2g2

Well at the Hovercraft Museum in my seaside village they run day trips across to Ryde on weekends during the summer.

Info available here
https://www.hovercraft-museum.org/

https://www.hovercraft-museum.org/whats-on/hovercraft-rides/


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Post 12

Bluebottle

You must have got a good view when the Hoegh Osaka fell over a couple of years ago?
I've never managed to make it to Lee-on(-the)-Solent at a time when the museum's having an open day – last couple of times I was there was to do the parkrun on Saturday morning. My home town has big ambitions for a new aircraft museum including a Cushion Craft hovercraft that was built on the Island: http://www.wightaviationmuseum.org.uk/

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Post 13

Still Incognitas, Still Chairthingy, Still lurking, Still invisible, unnoticeable, missable, unseen, just haunting h2g2

Oh yes that drew lots of crowds..Excellent trade was made in all the local eateries..smiley - winkeye


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