Performance Comparison - UK Hovercraft

 

Flying Fish Marlin 2

HovPod SPX120

HovTek Otter 4

Length

3.3m 3.63m 4.32m
Width 1.85m 1.86m 2.1m
Weight 225Kg -unspecified- 223Kg
Max. Payload (water start) 170Kg 320Kg 350Kg
Max. adult passengers (water start) 2 3 4
Engine Power 37-50HP 120HP 35HP
Hull Construction Glass reinforced plastic Polyethylene Core composite
Top speed 45mph 45mph 37mph
Cushion Type Single Compartment, seg skirt Single Compartment, seg skirt Dual compartment, loop skirt
Brake None None Foot operated
Stability control None None Automatic pitch control
Seating Pillion foam pad Pillion foam pad Side-by-side air suspension
Controls Handlebar & spring throttle Handlebar & spring throttle Steering wheel & fixed throttle

 

You are now probably thoroughly confused! The question you may be asking is:

How come the Otter, which is larger AND has a lower power engine, carries more payload than other hovercraft???

The answer is actually quite simple and is fundamental to understanding how hovercraft work. First, the larger the craft, the more efficient it is (due to the lower cushion pressure). Secondly, the lighter the craft, the better the performance will be. It should be obvious from the above that adding more engine power can never compensate for a heavy, or too small, hull!  Fitting a larger engine is also environmentally damaging, AND hits you right in your pocket with high running costs!

You are probably thinking that the Otter must be too good to be true, and that we are being "economical with the truth"!  However, unlike the other craft mentioned above, the Otter has been through two full years of field testing in all of the conditions it's expected to operate under and we can absolutely guarantee that will do exactly what we say it will.