Full Spec Formula Two Racing hovercraft for sale!

added by russ on October 12, 2015 at 06:51

So basically, I've realised tearing round a field at 70mph in a Formula 2 is a young mans game!

So - in a departure from the products normally offered by The British Hovercraft Company, I'm going to sell my F2 Cobra Racing Hovercraft to somebody younger, fitter and slightly more insane than me. It's an awesome bit of kit, built to race in national, european and world championship hovercraft meetings. However, that not to say that it can't be used as a 'toy' for simply belting round grassy fields and ponds/lakes. What it's *NOT* is suitable for cruising in an uncontrolled environment such as rivers/the sea or salt water. This is a 'freshwater special' - not a recreational craft like a Marlin etc.

Hovercraft racing is fast and furious - this F2 is capable of competing right at the front of the grid and is not for the feint-hearted! The Cobra is a proven and competitive craft which has won the European championship in the hands of Frank Craemers.

It was built from a new BHC hull and raced once in 2014 - it's a GRP hull, reinforced with Kevlar floor and Nidaplast core, very strong but lightweight.

Lift engine is a hugely expensive Simonini Mini 2 Evo paramotor engine (over £3k new) producing 20bhp at 5500rpm. Brand new when fitted to the previous craft in 2013, less than 20 hours from new.  Electric start and spares.
Thrust engine is a top spec 2009 Rotax 453, 440cc producing 110bhp. Removed from snowmobile last year and just one meeting since then. Very good condition, good compression, new gaskets fitted before install.
9 Bladed Multiwing direct drive lift fan
6 Bladed 5z thrust fan in 12 bladed hub.

Skirt is brand new with spares included.  Some spares included.
Comes HCGB registered with log book.

Needs a little work to finish. Steering needs hooking up, rad needs plumbing in and thrust engine will need final alignment. If I get time toi finish it off, price will go up accordingly, so grab a bargain!

Rediculously fast toy, all the right bits ready to compete at the front of the Formula 2 grid at UK, European events and in next years world championships. Alternatively, great toy for playing in a field/pond/lake! NOT for use at sea, or in any 'uncontrolled' environment - this is a bespoke race craft, not a marine vehicle. It is not salt-water ready!

For more details contact me on 01304 619820 or mail russ@britishhovercraft.com

 

 

 

 

 

European Hovercraft Racing from Towcester Race Course......Grrrrr!

added by russ on September 24, 2014 at 04:18

Well, that went well. Or Not.

Having been rather too buried under customers hovercraft during 2014, I hadn't managed to get back racing this season.

My new Cobra Formula 2 hovercraft was sporting a rather sexy Rotax 453 two-stroke engine (yes, yes, I know....!) in place of the hugely powerful but too heavy GSX-R600 Suzuki 4 Stroke. Lift system was carried forward from the previous craft -a fter all, it hovers beautifully and never lets me down (A Simonini Evo2 paramotor engine, it even has the luxury of electric strart!) But as the last race meeting of the year was at my favourite track, and was a European (more/better craft and top level racing) I decided we'd finish the Cobra off and have a bit of fun.

A few frantic nights work and we were ready.

After all, we were also holding the Hovercraft Manufacturers Association AGM (The HMA - more about that later) at the same venue on the thursday before, so I kind of spotted a sneaky day-off on the friday. It all fitted (actually Friday was spent smashing posts into the ground and building the course so that bit didn't work out!) but it was nice to be there in plenty of time.

A brief test of the new Rotax 440cc engine showed it pulled like a train....it passed the float test (always a nervous time for a fat bloke like me!) so I joined the back of the grid. No practice, I wasn't ready. In the race, it was clear the engine needed some set-up, when it did pull through into the rev range and the power valves opened... it was superb! But most of the time  - it didn't!

Anyway, finished the race pretty much last but with a plan and after a bit of tinkering tried again. This improved things a bit in race 2.... until the poreviously faultless lift engine cut. Dead. Just like that.

On a pretty much blind brow.

About 5 seconds after I'd overtaken Bananaman.

The ensuing impact wasn't his fault - it was mine for stopping in a damn stupid place.

In true 'hovercraft impact' style, his craft lost a couple of segments - the back of mine was trashed. The hitter always suffer much less damage than the hitee - all he had to do was push the rudders into the path of the blades and The 110bhp contained in the blades blew apart, did some severe damage, bent the fan frame and ripped out every last flow straightener and cone. The good news is that the hull is untouched and the running gear is fine - in any case the fan frame was temporary so thats no big deal.

Oops.

The message my friends is - don't rush building things. I should have started earlier and taken my time. Of course, the engine started up straight after the race, but somethign meant it failed on the day and mor etesting - in fact any testing - would likely have found it.

But - it was a great meeting, caught up with some friends I haven't seen for a while and superb racing from a challenging but very fast course.

And just to prove that there's always someone who has a worse weekend than you....this clip is from the start of a Formula One Race. Conrad Beale rolled his craft going into the first corner and was very, very lucky not to be collected by Greg Lallemand who was right behind him. Conrad ended up in hospital for observation and brain scans (a bit of a surprise as I'd always thought Formula One Hovercarft drivers had no brains!) but was released a day later. No doubt he feels pretty second hand, and we all wish him a speedy recovery.

Thanks to Ross Hammond for some top-quality HD coverage!

Ross Hammond _ Facebook.mp4 (5.80 mb)

So - it'll soon be christmas which means May bank holidays not that far away - Best get on with mending it I guess!

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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Three more Minnow Hovercraft leave tomorrow!

added by Emma on March 13, 2014 at 11:52

I'm pretty sure my toys weren't this much fun when I was a lad - a hoop - and a stick if I was lucky.

Anyway, three more Minnow Hovercraft leave us tomorrow for their lucky new owners. Enjoy yourself lads!

 

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

Update to the MCA/Hovercraft Manufacturers/Hovercraft Club revisions to small hovercraft legislation

added by Emma on December 16, 2013 at 08:48

The continuing work on the new 'Hovercraft Code of Practice' was presented to the MCA last week at a very constructive meeting chaired by Simon Milne, manager of the MCA's Vessel Standards Branch. The meeting was attended by John Gifford and Russ Pullen from the Hovercraft Manufacturers Association (HMA,) and representatives from Lloyds, Hovercraft Club of Great Britain, The Hovercraft Trust and commercial hovercraft operators, Intertidal and Ecospan.

The draft code was warmly received by the MCA, with just a few relatively minor changes and clarifications being required. These changes will be submitted in the new year and it looks very much like the code will be usable from as early as April 2014 - though the actual legislation may take some while. What is clear is that the basic structure of the proposed code will be adopted - currently the categories that concern us here at Flying Fish are the Ultra-Light and Light hovercraft.

In short, 'Ultra-Light' hovercraft will be henceforth excluded from any MCA legislation when used for commercial (non-passenger) operations. Operating parameters will be tightly set - this is not an open door to operate in a 'cavalier' manner without any rules, but more of an acceptance that a small hovercraft operating on the shoreline is more akin to a piece of equipment than a marine vessel. Health & Safety legislation obviously dictates safe operations, and the code makes extensive recommendations as to construction/training etc, plus operators will still need a permit for most work. But this is a huge step forward and we're expecting UK sales of Coastal-Pro's to boom in 2014 as it's now a much clearer and more straightforward procedure to use a small hovercraft for commercial purposes.

The Code even extends to clarification of recreational, leisure and racing hovercraft with recommended technical standards for manufacturers and builders to consider. Obviously, we will ensure all Flying Fish hovercraft are compliant.

'Light Hovercraft' is the category that the BBV500 will fit into, safety, construction and operating parameters are wider reaching but it means there is a clear route for commercial operators to use a small hovercraft for passenger rides, taxi's etc.

Categories

Ultra Light : Up to 500kgs, maximum 4 Persons, no passengers.

Light : Up to 1000kgs, maximum 8 Persons including passengers.

Small : Over 1000kgs, less than 24m and up to 12 passengers.

Large : Adheres to the High Speed Code.

Below is a link to the draft code as presented. If it's of interest, do please take a look, but as stated above, it is subject to revision and cannot be considered as more than 'work in progress' at the present time.

Hovercraft Code of Practice Draft Revision 7 (08.11.13).pdf (1.88 mb)

If you'd like to know more, please don't hesitate to contact us. Email russ@flyingfishhovercraft.co.uk or call on 01304 619820.

 

 

 

Best ebay Hovercraft advert...ever!

added by Emma on December 4, 2013 at 04:55

For those that aren't challenged enough by buying a fully working hovercraft... the ebay advert below may be of interest. 

You'll need access to some tools of course.... a strimmer, shears - possibly a JCB. But once swept up, fixed up with a new hull, new engine, new fan assembly, transmission, skirt and steering, 'Triggers Broom' will be a fine hovercraft.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hovercraft-Project-/251395146100?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3a88518174

And do remember, this bargain is a BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) as there's a second craft included with this one free of charge (though the vendor does say it's one worse condition than the one pictured.)

 

 

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!

 

Hovercraft Racing Video from Gang Warily....'THAT' accident!

added by Emma on November 13, 2013 at 10:42

Well, it wasn't going to end well was it.....?

 

 

 

GANG WARILY VIDEO

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Cobra Racing Hull Kits from £1,500.00+VAT
Complete Marlin Leisure Hovercraft £13,500.00+VAT

Something of a fraught weekend, and for me, one best forgotten (and actually, parts of it already are... ten minutes unconscious does that!) but I keep getting asked for the on-board footage of my high-speed accident so here's a 5 minute video of the weekends fun and games. Skip to 5:30 if you only want to see the crash!

Next year the plan is to focus on the European Hovercraft Federation Championship (EHF). Dates have been released as below - and hopefully there will be a World Hovercraft Federation (WHF) World Championship event as well.....

24/25/(26UK only) May 2014 Hacket lakes UK Combined UK National & EHF meeting
21/22 June 2014 Prudhomat France
30/31 August 2014 Saalburg Germany
20/21 September 2014 Towcester UK Combined UK National & EHF meeting

 

Coastal-Pro and Two Marlin's off to the Gulf.

added by Emma on November 11, 2013 at 06:08

Loading today, two Marlins for a driving experience business together with a rescue craft to cover the area of operations. As ever, container shipping seamlessly arranged by www.comparecargorates.com

 

 


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