Low-cost, small hovercraft hire is now possible due to the Hovercraft Code of Practice. With no requirement for commercial coding, operating costs are considerably reduced leading to affordable hire/rental costs. We now provide MACV hire to businesses and organisations needing access to areas where previously the only option was to walk.
Here at The British Hovercraft Company, we are ideally positioned to provide hovercraft hire and rental services to companies and organisations that need access to intertidal areas.
Our Coastal-Pro hovercraft is a handy, easily deployed professionally prepared 3-4 seat hovercraft which benefits from the fact that we as the manufacturer, have unrivalled backup, support & workshop facilites for our (very reliable!) hire hovercraft. It has a load capacity up to 350kgs (depending on surface/wind/conditions) on water, even more on mudflats. It offers the lowest noise levels of any professionally manufactured hovercraft, so quiet that it meets and exceeds the EU standards for recreational boats (the Recreational Craft Directive.) This means that it is particularly suitable for use in SSSI’s and other environmentally sensitive areas. It creates absolutely no damage to the surface over which it travels, exerting less pressure on the ground than the tide does.
Recent work has been with universities, survey companies, piling companies (Mersey Gateway project) and civil engineers where the hovercraft has provided a much safer transport option than walking across dangerous mudflats carrying equipment and damaging the marine substrate.
Hire costs are in the region of £700 per day, depending on travel/deployment etc with discounts for longer term contracts.
For more details, visit Coastal Transit Services.
Early start working alongside Argocats
The flat hull on a Hovercraft offers a firm, solid base for survey equipment.
Using wheeled transport in a sensitive environment can cause enromous damage, these tracks were visible a month later!