Hovercraft Detailed Information And Specs


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Hov Pod Products And Specification Sheet



Hov Pod ACX 52

Three person leisure version with Rotax (503) 52 HP Engine

Hov Pod ACX 65

Three person leisure version with Rotax (582) 65 HP Engine

Hov Pod PRC 65

Patrol, Rescue or Commercial with Rotax (582) 65 HP Engine (Special Hull Colour)


Standard Hov Pod Dimensions, Operation, Construction & Performance


Length 3.63m, Width 1.86m, Height 1.49m

Length 11.9 feet, Width 6.1 feet, Height 4.89 feet

Large enough for three adults, or one adult and three small children. Easy to control and manoeuvre. Small enough to tow easily.

Trailer (Option)

Fully galvanized construction with 4-coated rollers, winch and front and rear location stops.

Fast 1-minute unload/reload.

Operated by one person with no need for lifting.

Hover Height

0.25m 9 inches

Able to clear many obstacles.


(On Water)

40 to 45 mph 64 to 72 km/h, (Cruise speed 20mph - 35 km/h)

Extreme fun

Operating Conditions

Inshore water – recommended up to Force 4 Beaufort Wind Scale. Tested in up to Force 7 conditions.

Very stable craft with low centre of gravity, with full floatation for safety.

Fuel Tank

Portable 25 Litre, 6.6 US Gallons

(Optional spare tanks to extend range)

Quick and easy lift out and replace.

Fully ventilated for safety.


15 - 20 Litre/Hour, (Cruise 10 - 15 Litre/Hour)

Excellent fuel economy

Unladen Weight


Easy to transport.

Very rigid and durable construction.

Max Payload

On water starts 250Kg (52hp) or 310Kg (65hp)

400kg+ or 880 pounds on land (65HP for commercial applications)

Can take three adults, or one adult and three children up to max payload.


Rotaxâ 52 HP 503 Engine or Rotaxâ 65 HP 582 Two Cylinder 2-Stroke Micro-lite Engine with dual electronic ignition system and twin carbs. Proven in 1000’s of hour’s use and testing in harsh saltwater conditions in Africa, Caribbean and Middle east.


Simple design giving high reliability & great ease of servicing

Proven microlite aero engine technology

Enclosed rear mounted single engine system

Air cooled (503) or water cooled (582)

Minimal electrics and electronics.

Simple twin carburetor design

Noise Reduction

AMNR System (Air Management Noise Reduction)

Combination of large duct with unrestricted airflow and fan blade adjustment ensures maximum airflow to reduce excessive engine revs and fan blade speed. Low Noise levels

Noise Reduction

Aluminised exhaust with after muffler, Rotax noise reduction package supplied.

Low noise levels. Maximum corrosion protection at high heat levels.

Air Filter and Intake Silencer

Rotax supplied air intake system, part of the Rotax noise reduction package supplied.

Low noise levels.


Drive Arrangement

Engine Position: Floor mounted Rotax engine

Drive: High strength Gatesâ Powergrip belt

Propulsion: 1m duct with Multi-Wingâ 5Z blades

Low center of gravity. Great stability and ease of control. High efficiency, low RPM drive system.

Low noise levels.


Dimensions, Operation, Construction & Performance


Manual pull start

Dual electronic ignition system makes starting easy

Optional (extra) Console operated electric start

Easy to start


Fully sealed 45 amp-hour battery, isolated from fuel storage.

High power for repeated starting. No dangerous acid or inflammable gas leakage.

Circuit protection

Marine grade ETA® circuit breakers

Quick and easy circuit re-set. No need to carry spare fuses.

Charge System

No Load 12V Rectified

Additional 12V electrical items can be fitted

Electrical Connections

IP 67 sealed snap connectors.

IP 67 sealed termination boxes.

IP 67 Rating gives protection against water ingress. Quick service access & Inspection

Hull Materials

Reinforced GRP quadraxial mat and isolthalic resin with enclosed sandwich-reinforcing core.

Developed for aerospace use. A material of choice for high-performance boats. Load points fully reinforced. Rigid construction. Quality built for long-term marine use. Lightweight high strength quadraxial mat means the craft has much enhanced strength and impact resistance than lighter or similar weight craft.




65 separate reinforced Hypalon / nylon segments, 200 gsm.

Optional upgrade to thicker 375 gsm available for commercial applications.

Impact absorbing air cushion. Accidental damage limited to separate segments. Continued operation with damaged segments. Quick replacement independent segments. Hypalon/Nylon is the best available material as used in all RIB’s. UV and salt water resistant


Large under seat drop-in tray.

Handy storage for food drinks and ice.

Storage for equipment.

Sealed front storage pocket.

Quick & easy access for essential items such as mobile phone or portable GPS meter.

Forward under seat storage compartment.

Storage for bulky items and safety gear.

Side Impact Protection

Rubber protection bumper strip

Protection from minor scratches and knocks.

No exposed GRP.

Hidden aluminium impact plate.

Aluminium plate absorbs impact. Damage impact transferred by aluminium strip to thickest hull section.

Hull Protection

Enclosed double skin with reinforced foam sandwich buoyancy core.

Thick impact protection, far safer than single skin construction. Rigid, solid hull construction.

Hull Protection

Twin longitudinal aluminium skids, Kevlar® wear patches, aluminium impact and wear plates.

Absorbs and transmits impacts. Prolongs life of hull. Easy replacement of wear edges.


Deep padded upholstered inline seating (optional)

Very comfortable ride.

Engine covers

Two stage cover with 90° latch system

Fast removal for inspection and easy access for service work. Excellent water ingress protection to engine bay. Noise containing design.


Positive enclosed polystyrene chambers with reinforced foam sandwich buoyancy core floor.

Side & floor buoyancy for maximum stability when stopped. Fully approved & independently tested by government agencies.

Driver Controls

Handlebar steering with Progripâ twist grip throttle.

Uniquely simple instinctive operation and ease of use. Can be trained to operate in minutes


Stainless Steel Teleflex® marine cable

316 high chromium marine grade linkages

35° full flow balanced twin rudders

Non-corroding for reliability & ease of service.

Stylish marine standard polished finish. Fingertip lightweight control. No need for excessive body movement to steer craft (unlike competitor craft)

Driver Controls

Engine kill safety lanyard

Safety engine stop.


Hydro-Turfä Non slip footwell mats

For driver and passenger safety.

Fit for purpose

Stainless steel towing hook

For strength and non-corrosion in salt-water environments.

Driver Controls

Adjustable mirrors

For safety on take-off.

Driver Controls

Tachometer, CHT & EGT gauges (Optional)

Full engine information & monitoring.


Latch operated drain plugs

Fast operation for easy drainage.


Hull cleats

For ease of mooring and handling.


Passenger grab handles

For comfort and safety.


Rear and front guard

For protection of craft and passengers.


IAPSS air feed system

Confidence and ease of use. Craft designed to prevent plough in. No need for additional craft controls to prevent digging in.


Full manual

Comprehensive & detailed manual.



Cover for storage

Spare Parts

Upholstery and Gauges


All specifications are subject to change without notice.

Hov Pod is a trademark of Reaction International Ltd.


Regarding Regulations and Certification 

We often get asked what regulations apply to Personal Leisure Hovercraft in the UK and Europe.

In the UK, there are no restrictions for the sale of the Hov Pod. Re the control of marine craft in the UK and Europe, (DIRECTIVE 94/25/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 June 1994) on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to recreational craft (Recreation Craft Directive) excludes the following vehicles:
(a) craft intended solely for racing, including rowing racing boats and training rowing boats labeled as such by the manufacturer;
(b) canoes and kayaks, gondolas and pedalos;
(c) sailing surfboards;
(d) powered surfboards, personal watercraft and other similar powered craft;
(e) original, and individual replicas of, historical craft designed before 1950, built predominantly with the original materials and labeled as such by the manufacturer;
(f) experimental craft, provided that they are not subsequently placed on the Community market;
(g) craft built for own use, provided that they are not subsequently placed on the Community market during a period of five years;
(h) craft specifically intended to be crewed and to carry passengers for commercial purposes, without prejudice to paragraph 2, in particular those defined in Directive 82/716/EEC of 4 October 1982 laying down technical requirements for inland waterway vessels (2), regardless of the number of passengers;
(i) submersibles;
(j) air cushion vehicles; (Hovercraft)
(k) hydrofoils.

Organisations governing the use of “sporting” hovercraft.

In countries where we have asked to adhere to national regulations such as France, the Hov Pod has performed very well and has received the necessary certification after scrutiny by officials, testing for weight carrying capability and buoyancy for example. (Copies of certification available upon request)

Local Harbour restrictions UK

The British Marine Federation publish a guide called Managing Personal Watercraft which describes guidelines for local authorities to adhere to within the confines of a harbour. Although in some areas, there has been local opposition to PWs (Jet Ski) this guide explains the powers of local authorities in the UK. Typical byelaws relevant to PW use include: The master shall navigate his vessels with such care and caution, and at such speed and in such manner, as not to endanger the lives of or cause injury to persons or damage to property, and as not to interfere with the navigation, loading or discharging of vessels or within moorings, river banks or other property. Speed restrictions normally apply to harbours. We know of three harbours in the UK that restrict the use of Jet Skis, but ofcourse with the Hov Pod it is possible with the trailer to launch from thousands of miles of beaches where no restrictions apply.

Rescue Role of the Hovercraft

Hovercraft have enjoyed lots of success over the years, particularly for commercial and transportation purposes. In the UK, the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) use four hovercraft for rescue purposes, particularly in areas where there is quicksand and mud. Hovercraft are also used for rescue during flooding. A number of our dealers develop close links with rescue organizations, to foster good relations with the local community. Images showing the DLRG (German Rescue Organisation) Hov Pod available upon request. 


Hovercraft are far more friendly to the environment than boats that have propellers in the water, so please request a copy of our environmental sheet for further information. 

Hov Pod Code of Conduct 

For the benefit of Hov Pod owners we have created a Hov Pod Code of Conduct that promotes responsible ownership, available upon request.

The Hov Pod Products Design Philosophy 


Until now, hovercraft have tended to be backyard vehicles or supplied in kit form, designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. Our design approach has been to take a 20th century invention, and create a 21st century vehicle, designed for the demands of the marine leisure market.

For the combination of excitement, ease of use, manufacturing quality, passenger carrying capacity, safety, durability, handling, comfort, and serviceability, the Hov Pod is the best small hovercraft on the market, and offers great value for money; there is no comparison.

Quality comes at a price, and typically, consumers try to cut costs where it is prudent to do so. We all like to compare aesthetics, build quality, safety features, performance and durability, to get the best value for money. 

By introducing the Hov Pod to the leisure market, we realised that many people will be comparing our product to other marine products available, but they may not be familiar with essential aspects of the Hov Pod design. For example, why are weight performance ratios so critical, can I trade performance against ease of use, durability and the safety of my passengers, and what operational advantages does the Hov Pod offer? 

Cut corners and costs too far, and occasionally you end up with a product that proves to be very expensive, prone to breakdowns, unreliable and at worst extremely dangerous. 

Reading this document, you have already begun to ask essential questions, and we feel confident that the answers provided here will leave you in no doubt as to the Hov Pod’s superior quality.

Hov Pod Trailer Dimensions 

Standard Hov Pod Craft Dimensions


Hard Length on bumper strip:


Length with Rudders folded:

3.75m  use this for shipping

Width on bumper strip:





Hov Pod on standard Roller Bed Trailer (RM)








The trailer, allows the Hov Pod to be winched on, by one man, in under 2 minutes. It is designed to minimise any damage to the Hov Pod skirt material. Back roller is metal, plus 4 rubber coated rollers