Why I bought a Hov Pod
received this letter from Alex. Alex's letter brought a smile to our
face when we read it and here it is reproduced for you to read in its
entirety. Take it away Alex...
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Glad I Chose A Hov Pod.
long-term passion for hovercraft, I decided this year to investigate
the different types of small pleasure hovercraft available. I was
quite shocked at some of the things I discovered. I'd like to share
some of my experiences with you so you don't make the same mistakes I
my search on the Internet and headed for eBay to see what was
available. The craft I found were old, self made, tatty, racing
hovercraft that looked half decent but had NO regards for safety
whatsoever! I asked myself "Where are the decent hovercraft, the
trendy, safe, reliable and smart looking hovercraft that you would
continued searching through eBay until I found a small hovercraft
advertised for £2500. It looked quite nice and the owner told me that
it was a lot of fun to pilot. I purchased and collected this
hovercraft but to be honest wish I had never brought it, here's why:
Very difficult to get on and off of the trailer, two or three adults
required to load or unload.
Extremely noisy. I received several noise complaints within an hour.
No consideration for safety; no rear fan blade guard so goodbye
fingers if they get too close!
Constant “ploughing-in” on land and water. My friend and I were thrown
off the hovercraft several times and hurt.
Hardly any steering control at all, at 30mph you would turn the rudder
and nothing happened. It was uncontrollable!
The quality of build was untidy and rough; although designed for a
marine environment, no stainless steel parts, just very rusty ones.
Only a single skin hull, when we stopped on the water we started to
get water inside the hovercraft. Good job we had bailers!
No hull impact bumpers/protection whatsoever, if you stopped on the
smallest of stones/rocks the floor was likely to crack open!
The seating was just a solid fibreglass hump that was very painful on
the rear after ten minutes.
No engine housing, a very difficult pull starter that sometimes took
seven or eight pulls to start.
used the hovercraft about five or six times because it was just too
dangerous and frightening to take my friends out on. It took me
several months to sell it and I lost money when I did.
So my search continued for a more reliable, safe, well designed
hovercraft. I went to visit another hovercraft manufacturer and
discovered this information :
Their brand new hovercrafts had second-hand car engines from scrap in,
Shocking! Would you buy a new car with a second-hand engine?
Some of their hovercraft hulls are made in sections and then cut &
shut together much like a car. This is illegal in the motor trade, so
why stand for this unsafe practice when it comes to hovercrafting?
Safety was at the bottom of the spec. list, no rear fan blade guards
were available because I was told it hinders airflow, hence less
speed. I would rather go a couple of mph slower and feel confident
that nothing will get caught in the fan.
When I asked about ploughing-in, they told me that all hovercraft
plough in and that it's just something you have to put up with! I was
not happy about that; ploughing-in is very dangerous.
Their factory was very unimpressive, a lack of organization and no
apparent quality control.
When I asked about how easy their hovercraft were to control, they
told me that you would need to weight shift all the time to complete
turns and that it would not be wise to stop on water!
I saw some hovercraft they were building for customers and was quite
shocked at the shoddy build techniques and the way that the hulls were
very messy and flimsy. The company had no professional hull making
The staff told me that a customer of theirs had returned a hovercraft
to them he brought because he had eleven noise complaints in two
Obtaining spares and contacting the company is question was very
difficult, they didn't answer phone calls, text messages, emails,
faxes or letters. I soon gave up trying with them and looked
After all my bad experiences I was looking through a list of UK
hovercraft manufacturers and saw that there was one local to me in
Southampton called Hov Pod. I searched on the internet for Hov Pod and
found lots of useful information on their website. They had several
videos on their website from when the Hov Pod had appeared on national
TV. All the TV interviewers thought it was great! At last I had found
a company that were producing just what I had wanted, a fun, safe,
reliable, pleasure hovercraft that didn't plough-in, could be steered
with just one finger, loaded and unloaded from it's trailer by just
one man and one that looked trendy, like my friends jet-ski's! I
decided to contact them to find out how much a Hov Pod was.
I was contacted very quickly and I really liked the professionalism of
the staff, they were very knowledgeable about the product and
understood the problems I have had with other inferior hovercraft
I was invited to Southampton for a demonstration of just what the Hov
Pod could do, and to my surprise the Hov Pod was actually better than
I had imagined. The instructor took me out for about half an hour and
it was so so different from the other hovercrafts I had piloted and
been on. The ride was so smooth, the controls were very responsive,
and yes it turned when you wanted it to. The seating was comfy, the
noise level was not a problem, the build quality was to a very high
standard, and to-date it has never ploughed in, the design is trendy
and up to date. I took the controls and after ten minutes, was
spinning it around in circles and making transitions to and from land
to water. I loved its ease of control and stunning looks. I had to
have one of my very own! I had a last found what I was dreaming of.
The price of the Hov Pod was much more than other hovercraft of it's
size but no other manufacturer could match the build spec and quality
that the Hov Pod has. Not to "plough-in" is a miracle, but the design
has taken years of testing. In life it really is true, you pay for
what you get and the cheaper products are usually ****! So the price
of the Hov Pod was well worth it to give me safe, reliable and
exciting hover crafting that my friends and family can enjoy.
I have owned my Hov Pod since August 2004 and have over thirty hours
of flying time on the clock. I have used my Hov Pod named 'Lucky 7'
all over the UK, On the Isle of Wight, Kent, London, Portsmouth,
Southampton and not received one complaint from the public or
authorities. The reliability of the engine has been fantastic, I have
not needed to replace any parts as yet and it runs perfect like the
first day I took her out for her maiden voyage. I have operated on
surfaces such as sand, water, mud, grass, gravel, concrete, tarmac,
clay/seaweed, wood, marshland etc and the Hov Pod has outperformed any
other hovercraft I have owned.
Every single part of a Hov Pod is new, the hulls are professionally
made in a famous Southampton boat builders, the engines are aviation
spec and are extremely reliable, the overall build quality is to a
very high standard, safety is of paramount importance, control of the
craft is excellently balanced to allow for tight turns without weight
shifting. The skirts are durable and easy to maintain, general
maintenance is also easy and simply to perform, the twin-skin hull and
impact protection bumpers give peace of mind when out at sea. There
are so many other features, too many to list here. Take a look for
yourself and compare the Hov Pod to other hovercraft you have found.
The ability to take my friends and family out on the Hov Pod is just
great, we go all over the place and really enjoy going to places where
no other watercraft dare not go, such as sandbanks, creeks, tidal
rivers, low water harbors etc. There is so much you can do with a Hov
Pod that you just can't manage in any other type of boat or vehicle. I
have had my Hov Pod's graphics designed by Abstract Signs in
Southampton and it has a truly British theme to it that all my friends
and the public really enjoy, I get cheers and looks everywhere I and
the Hov Pod go.
Friends that I have taken on the Hov Pod and let control it are so
surprised how simply to control it is and easy it is to pick it up in
a short time, one of them was pulling 360's in the first five minutes!
I have now been flying Hov Pod for about four months now and can say
that it turns on the button and all it takes is your little finger.
The amount of fun maneuvers you can pull on the Hov Pod is amazing,
traveling in two directions at once, 360's, sideways fans, all terrain
transitions, unlimited spins. It's just pure fun with a capital F!
After-sales service is great, spares are quick, easy and inexpensive
to obtain, I can rate Hov Pod as being a fantastic manufacturer and if
anyone asks me I would definitely recommend Hov Pod to anyone out
there looking for a new exciting hovercraft as a toy for next summer
or a serious bit of kit for work/business. Try the rest and then buy
the best. You’ll be glad you chose a Hov Pod in the long run.
In a nutshell the Hov Pod is a pleasure to pilot.
I hope this helps you in deciding what pleasure hovercraft to purchase
now or in the future, I have told you my story and wish that I had
found Hov Pod in the first place, it would have saved me a lot of
time, effort, injury and money. To find out more about the Hov Pod why
not log onto their website hovpod.com and have a read at just what
other people had to say about the world's latest and most advanced
Latest News and Shipments
Our latest delivery of five craft just before they left for eastern
Europe. Hov Pods are now being ordered and shipped in ever increasing
batch sizes to meet customer demand, the most popular small hovercraft
Hov Pods now available from Gander Mountain new store, Lake Mary,
Florida. For details please contact your local Gander Mountain Store,
the store locator can be found at
Hov Pod arrives in Indonesia, and proved to be a great hit during
the first demo day at Anyer Beach.
We meet Ohad Flinker from Israel, a Hov Pod affiliate, who came for
a Hov Pod driving lesson. Excellent pupil !
Hov Pod technician Steve giving two Hov Pods the final polish
before leaving our factory to ship to U.S. dealer in Florida.
Delivery of demo craft to shippers, for shipment to Indonesia via
Gary Newman puts the Hov Pod through it's paces in New Zealand
Images show the Hov Pod making light work of the rapid on the River
Cher in France, driven by Dany Prévostat
Latest shipment to Stéphane Labillois in Canada, image shows Hov
Pod 65 being delivered to shipping company Peters and May, Southampton
for seafreight to Canada.
This Hov Pod starts its journey of 2 days to Portugal for Paulo
Oliveira. Thanks to Nick and the team for transport support, shown
here collecting craft from Hov Pod Technician Paul Lewis
These images show Thomas having fun in Latvia.
Mr Joly (France) receives his craft from Dany Prevostat. Both craft
were used for an incentive day where over 100 rides were given over a
5 hour session, a great time was had by all attendees.
Norman Oley collects his craft and practises a few 360 spins at our
practise airfield in Romsey.
Michael James completes his training in Southampton.
Thomas Vitolbergs of Latvia captured
these images at the recent AutoShow,
where he received a fantastic response from
TV crews, journalists and others, of all ages, shapes and sizes.
Images above show Gary Newman during his trip to UK for training -
Gary's craft shipped May 23rd 2006, so we look forward to soon
demonstrating the Hov Pod to our Kiwi friends.
Wayne Dunn attended the Madrid Boat Show, 2006. Over 150 customers
have booked demonstrations as a result.
Lee Whitaker collects his Hov Pod for rental use on
a beach in Lincolnshire, UK
Dany collects his Demo craft
We shipped a Hov Pod to Thomas in Latvia
We shipped three craft to Spain March 2006
We shipped a craft Kjell in Norway, shown
here having fun in the snow
Picture shows the Hov Pod sent to Sudan to help with
the UN World Food Program
Hov Pod shipped to another SuperYacht in South of France, Feb 2006
Raymond took delivery of three additional Hov Pods in December
Paul Cook shipped three Hov Pod 52 craft to Caribbean Island St
Maarten in November.
Tom James took delivery of their new Hov Pod 52 Feb, Australia
Antonia took delivery of her first Hov Pod 52 to Minorca in February.
We shipped a Hov Pod 65 to the owners of a SuperYacht based in the
South of France Feb.
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