Personal hovercraft / cruising
7.9 m (25' 11")
Min.: 10 unit
Max.: 12 unit
The Explorer 24 hovercraft is the most efficient, cost effective, saltwater capable hovercraft on the market today. Fully enclosed cabin with seating arrangements for 10-12 people, is being used for revenue generating operations such as tourist attractions. Another use is as a personal cruising vessel with significant advantages over tradition power boats. The possibilities here are virtually unlimited. Operating on a pressurized cushion of air the vehicle leaves virtually no wake at cruise speed, 32 mph, as it flies 16.5 inches above the surface. The vessel is powered with a Steyr commercial marine diesel engine producing 144 hp, but cruises at 32 mph on 45% throttle, or just 3 GPH. State of the art construction features resin infused composite laminates of structural marine foam, glass fiber, carbon reinforcement and epoxy vinyl ester resin.
Unlike other designs you might see, this craft is capable of more payload and speed for a given amount of horsepower. This means reduced fuel consumption, less noise, lower initial cost and reduced operating cost. In fact some craft use two even three times as much horsepower while carrying less payload. The noise levels are similar to most inboard jet boats but lower than that of outboard jet motors. The 2200 pound payload is based on a deep water plane out with an added margin for wind or other adverse conditions. For example, a maximum plane out test will show about 2600 pounds payload. Payload includes people, fuel and gear. The empty weight of the craft is approximately 2100 pounds and the standard trailer weighs about 700lbs.