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!

 

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WANT TO WORK IN THE HOVERCRAFT INDUSTRY?

added by Emma on January 2, 2014 at 05:38

WANT TO WORK IN THE HOVERCRAFT INDUSTRY?

WANTED : General Manager / Accounts Manager for SE Kent based manufacturing company. Flying Fish manufactures around 100 small hovercraft each year, employs 20 people and exports to a dozen countries from our factory in Sandwich. In  order to achieve consistent, targeted, production deadlines, we need an experienced full-time manager to join the management team,  overseeing all aspects of production staff management including fibreglass hull manufacture, engineering and fitting out. In addition, the manager will be required to administer company book keeping and accounts, including VAT reconciliation and filing, deal with suppliers and customers and have knowledge of Quickbooks or similar accounts software.

This role will suit a mature and experienced person with a working mechanical knowledge, a management and accounts background and the ability to motivate and organise staff.
 
Flying Fish is a small but expanding company, and this is a key role - so  you'll need to display a flexible, committed and proactive approach which can assist the management team at the highest level.

The role is 40 hours per week, plus extra hours as required in busy times and the successful candidate will start at the end of January.

For more details, please send your CV to Emma or Russ at Flying Fish Hovercraft,  via email : russ@flyingfishhovercraft.co.uk

Buy a hovercraft - end of year/end of line bargains!

added by Emma on November 21, 2013 at 10:53

End of year Bargains!!

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The world's best selling hovercraft - last chance to grab a bargain!

From only £7000.00 + VAT!

 

With the introduction of the new Marlin III, we have just a handful of slots available for production of the Marlin II and we're making available at an 'end of line' price!

These UK, hand built machines provide incredible thrills and are a fantastic first craft for leisure or recreational use. They're easy to drive, look after and store and are absolutely the most exciting and addictive way to get onto the water… or mud, sand, snow, grass or beach!  In fact, these amazing little machines will travel over almost any 'sealed' surface at speeds up to 45mph.

They're absolutely fantastic in intertidal areas, and can travel straight from water to land and back again without any change in the sensation of 'floating on air.' And floating you are - 25cms above the ground on an air cushion which means you glide effortlessly over small obstacles and can fly straight up the slipway or beach to the waiting trailer!

Choose from either the 'Freestyle' - the basic version or the more highly specified 'Extreme.' The Freestyle offers a simply equipped craft with all the thrills of its more highly specified brother which has also found a home amongst many 'driving events' businesses both in the UK and overseas - and is priced at just £7,000.00+VAT


 

Alternatively, the 'Extreme' adds a dial kit, upgraded engine, padded seating, lights, and increased colour choice. The last few bargains will be priced at £8900.00+VAT.



 

But be quick - when they’re gone, they're gone, and the Mark III has to be more expensive!

The Hovercraft

  • Your choice of colours from our standard range.
  • Powered by Briggs & Stratton 35bhp (freestyle) or 37bhp (Extreme) engine
  • Revs at just 3800rpm
  • Low noise (78dbA at 25m) at a low frequency
  • Electric start
  • Very frugal – drinks just 5-6 litres fuel per hour.
  • Commercial engine power means long service intervals and long service life.
  • Very robust craft and engine.
  • Cheap and easy to maintain segmented, flexible skirt.
  • Simple driving controls consisting of handlebars and throttle – that’s it!
  • Training takes less than ten minutes per driver.
  • The only small hovercraft to have made multiple two way crossings of the English Channel.
  • Completed eight challenging 1000km ‘Rhone Raids’ on Rhone & Soane Rivers.
  • National Coastal Racing Champions in 2005/2006
  • Inaugural National ‘Formula 503’ champions and current front runners in Formula 2.
  • Suppliers of craft to the makers of the BBC’s ‘Frozen Planet’ for use in Arctic conditions.
  • As driven (and loved!) by 'Top Gear's' Jeremy Clarkson, and the 'Nitro Circus' crew.
  • The only small hovercraft to have completed a two way crossing of the Irish Sea.
  • In use around the world in hundreds of different applications from flood response to cockling and from mud-sampling to yacht tenders!

 For more details, take a look at our website at www.flyingfishhovercraft.co.uk or contact Emma on 01304 619820 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 01304 619820 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting for a chat.

 

Or a Marlin II Extreme for only £8900.00 + VAT

Call or email us today for spec and availability!

 

MCA - Coastguard meeting sets new direction for hovercraft industry.

added by Emma on June 6, 2013 at 04:11

Yesterday in Southampton, we attended a meeting with the MCA / Coastguard, which could be one of the most significant steps forward in the hovercraft industry for 50 years.

The meeting, hosted by Simon Milne, head of vessel Standards, is something I've been negotiating ('nagging' according to Simon!) for over a year as current legislation was preventing the use of small hovercraft for commercial applications such as weed spraying, survey work, environmental inspections, crew transfer, standby and safety applications and the like. Small craft operating close to shore in categorised water and over mudflats bear more relevance to 'equipment' than vessels and as such will be exempted from a 'coding' requirement with the reponsibility for safe operation being administered under an industry voluntary code of conduct and HSA regulations. With the framework discussed and broadly agreed yesterday, the door is open for us to supply hovercraft to numerous small businesses to legally utilise the unique abilities of these craft.

With more stringent regulations and craft specification, it will even be possible for to use the new BBV500 hovercraft for broader commercial applications such as ride giving and passenger movement - ie for hire or reward.

In short, in line with government policy, the industry will become more self-regulatory. We also agreed other relevant requirements such as driver qualifications and experience.

The meeting was attended by the Hovercraft Club of Great Britain, Griffon Hovercraft, Hovercraft Society, the BIS, Lloyds register and existing commercial operator, Dr James Thurlow from Intertidal, who contributed a lot of practical advice and experience to proceedings.

It is hoped that these changes can be implemented by the end of 2013, but the wheels of government can turn rather slowly, and with exemptions and policy documents required, it's likely to stretch into next year before its all finalised.

 

 

 

 

 

Following on from the Youtube 'Bubba's Hover' video....

added by Emma on April 7, 2013 at 12:25

.... we can tell you that blatting round a golf course in a hovercraft is good fun!

Not being into golf, I've no idea who Bubba is - but he's not the first to see the potential in using air cushions vehicles in place of golf carts! One of our clients in organises activity days on his golf course using our Hovercraft!

Take a look!

http://www.youtube.com/edit?ns=1&video_id=wOdeKpXmyn4


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