often get asked what regulations apply to Personal Leisure Hovercraft
in the UK and Europe.
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
(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;
(j) air cushion vehicles; (Hovercraft)
Organizations 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)
Harbors 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 harbor. 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 harbors. We know of three harbors in the UK that
restrict the use of Jet Skis, but of course 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 Organization) 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.
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