Flying Fish Hovercraft - Coastal Pro EX-Demo only £13000.00

added by Emma on June 4, 2014 at 05:26

Straight from the manufacturer, this Coastal-Pro is a late 2013 build and was displayed at the 2014 Excel Boat Show in London.

It's fitted with a very powerful Toyota 996cc three cylinder engine giving approx 80bhp and spectacular performance. It can seat up to 4 adults and has a capacity of approximately 350kgs - it's been tested up to 40mph and has simply phenomenol lift characteristics - it's inegrated design means that it lifts as soon as power is applied and never runs out of lift even in demanding conditions.

It's fully prepared for salt-water conditions, is strong and reliable. The screen is very protective in poor conditions and it floats extremely well when on the water with the engine turned off (it makes an ideal fishing platform as its extremely stable due to the skirt acting rather like a sea-anchor.)

I'd estimate it has around 60-80 hours use providing demos to customers and general cruising.

It's currently liveried in a chequer pattern (vinyl graphics which can be removed if required) and comes with dry storage under the seating, paddles, life-buoy set and fire extinguisher. I'll be very sad to see this craft go - it's been enormous fun and is actually pretty sporting in character, not at all lumbering or difficult to control. This is a serious bit of kit suitable for maritime use in either a recreational or light commercial role.

To see some video of this actual craft in action, click the links below.

On-board (from 2m25sec) or three up (7m50s)

There's also plenty of videos of identical Coastal-Pros to see on Youtube.

New price for this craft is £19,750+VAT - and they rarely come up for sale used, so grab a bargain!

Trailer can be supplied for an extra £750.00

Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Flying Fish Hovercraft
(01304) 619820



added by Emma on May 2, 2014 at 06:19




Lots of people enquire to us about building their own hovercraft - or call us for advice and parts when they hit snags building one from plans. Unfortunately, most of the plans and kits available to build your own craft fall well short of providing the first time builder with any realistic chance of assembling a decent, working, attractive craft.


Many of the plans available are poorly written and based on outdated 1970’s designs. They usually rely on a very simple, flat wooden hull  which is heavy, porous, ugly and expensive. They often feature a nasty little, two stroke motorbike engines and worse… a bag skirt!  They have no freeboard or flotation and whilst 90% are never finished in any case, those that are completed often work poorly – and almost none produce a genuinely usable recreational craft.


Many are never finished and end up on ebay....another “unfinished project, just needs.......” etc. This is largely because many parts need to be sourced, salvaged or made - many are difficult to find or expensive to buy and this leads to a lot of frustration and a loss of motivation to see the project through.


So what are the other options?


Buy a used craft. Certainly an option but they’re often battered, scruffy looking and in need of restoration. Many are inland racing craft and unusable (or even dangerous) for cruising and recreational use in a salt-water environment. Very few used cruising craft come up for sale which also means prices are high.


Buy a new commercially manufactured craft. The perfect solution if funds allow or you’re not the type of person who looks at things and thinks...”How does that work?” But obviously, a manufactured craft costs a reasonable amount of money and may not offer the 'Caterham Cars' thrill of being able to say "I built that!"


The third option - Flying Fish Component Sets.


For some years now, we’ve supplied Pro-Build Component sets to two overseas manufacturers who produce Marlins under licence. And, in response to the almost constant enquiries we receive to supply parts, kits, hulls and even plans to home builders, we've chosen 2014 to launch or component sets into the retail market.


These aren’t just kits; our comprehensive pro-build packages are designed to be quick and fun to build. All the parts you need are supplied ready to assemble, not requiring any donor vehicle, fabrication or any special skills.


Building your own hovercraft undoubtedly adds some satisfaction to the finished product - we should know, we build two a week and they still thrill us! But the Flying Fish Component Sets offer two huge advantages over building from plan or a partial kit.


The Flying Fish craft work! The Marlin II and Snapper hovercraft have been sold in substantial numbers, and are almost the 'industry standard' for personal hovercraft (Hovercraft Club cruises are usually attended by 80-90% Marlins) so you can be sure you'll be building a professional looking craft that will perform as it should and will 'wow' everyone who sees it. It will work, you’ll have amazing fun with it and it’ll be safe. Building from a plan just isn't a 'sure thing'  - it really doesn’t guarantee that you'll end up with a safe and effective hovercraft -whereas building from a proven component set does.


When/if you come to sell your hovercraft, it’ll be worth a good price - you have a fully working, professional looking craft that people will genuinely want to buy. Take a look on ebay for instance, there's probably a Marlin or Snapper on there for sale, and they always fetch decent money. Build it well, look after it and your hovercraft has real value. Plywood/aluminium hovercraft built from plans and kits almost never fetch any money as the hull material makes them look quite ugly and crude.




Which Component Set Should You Choose?


Small but enormous fun - the Snapper is the hovercraft of choice at most UK driving events businesses because it's incredibly easy to drive (both adults and kids) and offers very good performance. It will carry two adults on land but is limited to approx 100kgs on water. It's powered by a Vanguard 23bhp engine, so it's quiet, reliable and

economical. It is incredibly manoeuvrable, it must be the easiest hovercraft in the world to drive so its great to share with the kids. It' suitability extends to an uncontrolled environment in calm conditions -  many owners venture into coastal areas every weekend and the component set includes stainless steel fittings for salt water use. You can even race it in Hovercraft Club events!



Marlin II

The  Marlin II was launched in 2010 and is a longer version of the Snapper with a higher seating position (you sit in the Marlin, kneel in the Snapper) larger screen, 35bhp engine and improved performance - particularly in a marine environment. Overall, it's best described as a ‘sports-cruiser’ and really looks the part! See our website for lots of details and photos.


What's included in the set?


Everything! All parts are 'straight off the shelf' - ie they're exactly the same components that we use in production of our own craft.


Complete set of fibreglass parts, trimmed.

Complete Fibreglass hull. Top and bottom decks bonded together.

Buoyancy foam and engine mounting timber installed.

920mm duct - inner and outer mouldings (inner fitted to hull)

Rudders & Flow straighteners.

23bhp (Snapper) or 35bhp Briggs & Stratton (Marlin) engine, boxed.

Built in fuel tank with filler fitting (Marlin) or 12l outboard tank (Snapper)

Seat cover (not upholstered)


Belt cover and rear cone

Steering cable installed

Fan frame.

Alloy engine mounting plates.

Fan blades and hubs, with bearings.

Guard, guard saddles.

Stainless Steel Top & Bottom pulleys, taper lock.

Platinum Spec Drive Belt

Stainless steel Exhaust and downpipes.

Fuel line/filter and primer bulb

Steering kit - handlebars, uprights, stock, mount, grips.

Skirt Material and template (finished segments available at extra cost)

Bilge pump & piping.

Throttle Cable & Lever

Wiring loom & Toggle Switches

Hatch Covers

Skirt fixing cable and clamps (lower)

Titanfast skirt fixing (upper)

Mooring cleats

Skirt fix top clips

Sikaflex, peeler rivets.

Complete nut and bolt set.

Keel strips

Aluminium edging




Hull colour




White with your choice of red or blue trim/secondary colour.


Other colours available at an additional cost of £250.00 (hull) and £150.00 (secondary)




Other options include




Lights (beacons/navigation lights/headlights)


Marlin Screen with Snapper purchase.


One man/one minute trailer.


'Marinised' or upgraded engine.


Skirt segments in place of material.


Teak effect flooring.


Coloured blades.


For more details, contact or call us on 0044(0)1304619820








Flying Fish Coastal-Pro Hovercraft

added by Emma on April 28, 2014 at 06:38

Testing out a Coastal-Pro Hovercraft which is off to Finland for a rescue organisation. Delighted with the performance - when she gets to Helsinki and our Finnish dealer RAF HOVERCRAFT , she'll receive her lights and graphics, plus all the other kit required.


Out cruising in Flying Fish Personal Hovercraft.

added by Emma on April 23, 2014 at 17:05
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10 Personal Hovercraft, 9 Flying Fish Marlins and Coastal-Pro's. 7 Set out on a cruise in the Swale and River Medway. A great time had by all, very sociable event with three pub stops!

Subscribe to our Youtube channel to see more, and check out the Flying Fish Hovercraft facebook page or website - or the HCGB website - to be kept up to date with upcoming cruises.

More hovercraft fun on the River Medway!

added by Emma on April 9, 2014 at 05:35

Well, no sign of the much vaunted Mercier-Jones Hovercraft to show us how to do a river cruise!

Still, we seemed to enjoy ourselves in any case. This was first time out for Ben &  his brother Rick in Ben's brand new Marlin III - they were both grinning from ear-to-ear every time I saw them!

I've put together a quick 5 minute video of our 20 mile cruise - don't forget to like it/subscribe to our channel!


What a lovely start to the week - Thank you Warwick!

added by Emma on March 31, 2014 at 05:07

Quite out of the blue this morning, a package turned up from Warwick Jacobs at the Hovercraft Museum in Lee-on-Solent. Inside, totally unexpected, I found a beautiful print, numbered 10/10 of the museums SRN6 in the Solent.

Other mail included invoices, packets of nuts and bolts and a heap  of sales brochures - so this really made my morning! Thanks Warwick, it's going to be given pride of place in the entrance hall, a lovely surprise and a great start to the week!


Demonstration Days

added by Emma on March 24, 2014 at 07:31

To coincide with the end of our Spring special offer, we have 2 demonstration days coming on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th March 2014. We have a Coastal Pro and Marlin III to try out. This will be the last chance to try one of these craft and get 25% off of our retail price!

Call or email us today to book your slot. 01304 619820 or


Some of the historical 'haunts' on the River Medway.

added by Emma on March 20, 2014 at 07:14

The Medway is a spectacular river for those interested in maritime history. Last weekend, we used small hovercraft to explore some of the more interesting sites. There's still lots to see in the tidal area leading right up to Allington Lock. Check back for more updates as we explore this fascinating intertidal world!


View the video on  Youtube
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Spring Special!

added by Emma on March 19, 2014 at 11:25










Mercier-Jones Hovercraft - I'm calling you out!

added by Emma on March 18, 2014 at 07:21



The hovercraft community is pretty small, and the industry manufacturing them even smaller. So it's been very frustrating to watch the hype surrounding the Mercier-Jones hovercraft which has been created in Chicago and has secured so many column inches of newsprint over the last year or two.

It's fair to say, it looks very striking, and the manufacturers have clearly spent their money on the design, styling and marketing, which has landed them huge amounts of coverage in the media. Mercier-Jones  modestly claim the aesthetic inspiration of high end sports cars like Bugatti Veyrons & Audi R8's and make some incredible claims as to its performance and how their product will revolutionise an 'old-fashioned' industry. This is 'the future of personal transportation' apparently and it's amazing new system of steering paves the way for a 'street- legal' version… oh please, its vectored thrust, it's not new, it doesn’t work and the day will never come when one of these things drives legally down the road in a civilized country.

They claim 'hybrid technology' - Ah! All those batteries will explain why - at 400kgs plus - it's far too heavy for its size, leading to an unrealistic skirt pressure which means, it quite simply cannot work - these guys might be geniuses for all I know, but they can’t defeat physics.   

My hobby - away from building recreational and small commercial hovercraft - is racing them. I race in Formula 2 - my craft weighs half what the Mercier-Jones does, and has three times the horsepower. I reckon its good for 60mph. You should see what the 200kg Formula 1's can do with their 200bhp engines.  Take a look here and you'll get the idea!

I doubt the bespoke, lightweight 200bhp hovercraft in this video are achieving much above 70mph, yet the Mercier Jones is faster than these apparently! "With top speeds estimated at over 80 MPH and acceleration that will rival it’s supercar cousins, Mercier-Jones hopes to handily beat the hovercraft land-speed record this summer of 56.25 mph and go after the water-speed record of 86.5 mph." It's rather like claiming your Dacia Duster will lap Spa Francochamps faster than Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes.

Unfortunately, Mercier-Jones aren’t the first company to flood the hovercraft market with ridiculous claims  The industry seems to have attracted lots of bullsh****rs over the years. They tend to come and go, usually leaving an investor or two considerably poorer.  But I have to say, this is certainly the most far-fetched, unrealistic  and misleading set of claims I've seen in my 30 years involvement with hovercraft. I'm sure their intentions are honest and this is a huge misunderstanding on my behalf.  

One of the outrageous claims that Mercier-Jones make is that their hovercraft works.

And that's an outrageous claim because….  it doesn’t! Look here for their test video….

There it is in a pond on the end of a rope (maybe that’s what they mean when they claim it's fly-by-wire?) in a big ball of spray hovering no more than one inch off the ground!  It's a fair way from this to their 87mph ambitions, that hovercraft does not produce a thrust ratio "which is slightly better than the supersonic B-2 Stealth Spirit" I've got to ask, what exactly are they celebrating at the end? That nobody drowned?

They claim the first craft will be delivered in May 2014, really? Who would witness this and splash out $75,000 on something which obviously doesn’t work? I've only ever seen one real one on film - everything else has been computer generated images.

You may well have picked up on the fact that I'm angry about this and may ask why. Well, it's not jealousy, (though I wouldn’t mind my company getting 1/10th the press coverage they've managed!) but I know just how much damage the Mercier Jones may cause the industry with their high profile shenanigans.  As secretary of the 'Hovercraft Manufacturers Association' (HMA) I'm very keen to mature and develop this nascent industry. Together with our some of our members, I've spent two years dealing with the UK Authorities to develop a new 'Hovercraft Code of Practice' and we're constantly lobbying government organisations and commercial operators who've had bad experiences with small hovercraft - and are firmly of the opinion that they simply don’t work. The Mercier Jones is simply going to further that opinion - negatively impacting on honest manufacturers and operators who are trying to develop their own businesses.

What I don’t know is what the aim of this whole project is - they've already attracted some funding from the IndieGoGo website - is the ambition to attract more, whilst they draw a decent wage? The problem is that plenty of people are excited by the idea of a hovercraft (when I finally invent a hoverboard, I'll be richer than Bill Gates) and I've seen some rather naïve investors and overexcited buyers jump in without first checking their facts.

One thing's for sure, the Mercier Jones doesn't work - yet they claim they’re taking orders. And that worries me.

Michael Mercier, Chris Jones - I'm calling you out to protect my industry and the sport I love. My company manufactures and sells over 100 of those 'old fashioned' hovercraft each year, and I'm happy to take on any dynamic challenge you can come up with. Flying Fish hovercraft steer accurately, hover a foot above the ground, do 40mph and work with up to four people on board - you can see them on the internet cruising  on rivers and the sea, beaches, ice, snow, sand, mud and estuaries. Can you provide a single piece of evidence that any of your claims are justified?

Because, if your company is ever going to achieve  100 hovercraft sales a year, one thing is pretty important.

They need to work.









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