2016 Six-Seat Commercial Hovercraft

During 2016, we'll be launching our new 'Coastal-Pro 500, a 6 seat hovercraft which initially, will be provided with an open deck layout, and the cabin version will follow on shortly afterwards.

Aimed at rescue organisations and commercial operators, the Coastal-Pro 500 features two, four-stroke petrol engines and has been designed and built to meet the standards of the MCA Hovercraft Code of Practice (CoP23.) It's simple to operate, fast and safe. Servicing is a relatively easy operation and full training can be provided in both driving and maintenance issues. It's fully warranted and comes with SSR Registration.

The Coastal-Pro 500 can operate over land, or water, ice, snow, mud, sand and grass at speeds up to 35mph. It's fully buoyant, economical and stable at rest on water, especially at home in shallow water such as mudflats, beaches intertidal areas, marshy or flooded inland areas. This 'access all areas' ability makes it particularly suitable for commercial operations such as:
  • Security & Law Enforcement
  • Mud & Water Sampling
  • Water Taxi
  • Remote Area Ambulance
  • Tourism
  • Geo-technics
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Standby Safety & Emergency Vessel
  • Emergency Patrol in reclaimed land
  • Crew Transfer
Rescue organisations will appreciate its rapid deployment, agility and dependability in roles such as flood, ice and mud-rescue.

Sample Specification

  • Length: 20'7" (5.25m)
  • Width: 7'6" (2.3m) (can be shipped via container)
  • Cabin Size: Approx 8'2"x5'0" (2.5x1.5m)
  • Weight: Approx 1320lbs (600kgs)
  • Payload: Up to 450kgs on water, more possible on land or with reduced performance.
  • Hull Construction: Reinforced GRP Laminate.
  • Buoyancy: Foam filled plenum, positively buoyant when swamped.
  • Seating: Drivers seat plus bench seating for up to five passengers.
  • 'Lift' Engine: Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 23bhp 4-Stroke. Electric start.
  • 'Thrust' Engine: Ford 1600cc VVTC 130bhp engine with Electric start.
  • Maximum Speed: Up to 35mph (56km/h) depending on load and conditions.
  • Cruising Speed: Approx 25mph (40km/h) depending on load and conditions.
  • Fuel Tank/Range: 15 gallon (70l) giving approx 3-4hr duration/70 mile range.
  • Skirt: Neoprene coated nylon 'segmented' skirt in approx 100 segments.
  • Thrust Duct: 43"(1.1m) with three rudders and flow straighteners.
  • Crew Protection: Driver 'cuddy' as standard with optional full length cabin to follow late 2016/early 2017.
  • Safety: Fire extinguisher, bilge pump, windscreen wiper, battery cut-out.
  • Options: Air-conditioning, heating, navigation lights, spotlights, road trailer, craft cover, navigation equipment, VHF.
Telephone 01304 619820
Address British Hovercraft Company
Building 4
Sandwich Industrial Estate
CT13 9LU