After some two years of negotiations with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), we have finally been given the formal confirmation in writing – that Ultralight Hovercraft (up to 500kgs) may engage in certain commercial activity without a requirement for coding/certification.
Not to be too crass about it – this means that using small hovercraft for paying work is now possible!
To clarify the situation, I’ve bullet-pointed the situation below.
Uses / Operations
Survey, inspection & maintenance.
Mud & Water Sampling
Standby & Support
Security & Patrol
Nature monitoring/bird counts etc
Any application not involving paying passengers.
Operating Areas & Restrictions
Estuaries and Rivers
Saltings & Marshes
Up to 1/2 a mile from the shore (beyond catagorised waters)
Within 3 miles of a safe haven (obviously, 80% of beaches are a safe haven in a hovercraft!)
Less than 500kgs unladen weight.
Built in compliance with the Hovercraft Code of Practice (HCoP)
Certified to be compliant by manufacturer.
Maximum of four persons (no paying passengers)
RYA Powerboat 2 or equivalent (two day course/exam)
June 19th 2014
The new Coastal-Pro is due for release in approximately 4 weeks and has been designed specifically for commercial applications and of course, to comply with the new HCoP.
We do still have a one off – the last of the current Coastal-Pro models available at a bargain price – so be quick if you’re interested at £13,500.00%20VAT!
This is a huge step forward for the industry and a fabulous opportunity for those who wish to be ‘in at the beginning’ and exploit the commercial opportunity it presents. There is genuinely now a viable, safe and cost effective solution to operations on mud flats, saltings, marshlands, beaches – with operating costs LOWER than equivalent conventional boats. Flying Fish have been very much at the forefront during the two years developing the HCoP and obviously we’re delighted that it has finally been adopted by the MCA.
If you’d like a PDF copy of the HCoP, or wish to know more, please call or email Russ at Flying Fish.
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Telephone : 01304 619820