With the water buddies especially the rich ones, are planning their next aquatic adventure of the season, have indeed something to cheer about with the Hammacher Schlemmer flying hovercraft, giving the dual advantage of a speedboat along with the traditional hovercraft. Though there have been techno and design masterpieces like the Volkswagen Aqua, the Hovpod, and the Neteric deluxe, this flying hovercraft takes a step further to make the water vehicle, fly at lower heights if needed be, thus pushing up the ‘fun’ and ‘thrill’ element to new levels of experience. This hovercraft comes with a price tag of $190,000.
In order to keep the vehicle light, as well as sturdy, a wood and carbon composite structure has been used which has a visibly bright and eye appealing look. The upper half sports the yellow shade, whereas the lower end is the carbon black. On the technical front, the hovercraft has a 130 HP twin cylinder gasoline engine, which can make it travel to speeds of up to 70 m/ph in the air, with the help of the integrated wings alongside. On the other hand, the 1,100 rpm 34-inch fan helps to pump in the air required for the vinyl coated nylon skirt to inflate, thus enabling to travel on surfaces just above the ground level.
What also acts to the owners benefit is the flexibility this water vehicle provides the rider. With a passenger space for 3 adults, and the capability to take on 660-lbs of total weight, the hovercraft can move around with ease on swamps, mud, grass, ice, and even sand. Also, after land takeoff, if there are unsuitable surfaces, the flexible joystick helps in changing the traveling mode and the height, thus making an all-terrain vehicle for camping and excursion trips.
If the hovercraft seems too heavy a product, there is always the chance for a experiencing the ocean with the inflatable windsurfer and sailboat. Also flexible enough to transfer from a windsurfer to a sailboat which can be tagged along the speedy tenders, the combination of the PVC and aluminum components, give it the taut firm base needed to keep the vessel steady but easy to maneuver.
The 11 and ½ ft tall aluminum mast supports the 33- sq ft. PVC sail, which is then enforced the fiberglass battens, if one is looking to let the winds guide them around. Unhook the sail, and attached it to the rear end of a speedboat, and you are ready for some speed gliding without experiencing a very jerky ride. This $800 boat takes its foot pump to inflate, in just about 10 minutes, and also be stowed away in its special bag after it has been used. Should you look to order it, take a margin of 3-4 weeks for its delivery.