How to Choose a Rescue Hovercraft

The primary consideration when selecting a hovercraft is payload. Because hovercraft ride on a cushion of air the more people the larger the motor generating greater air force is required to lift and thrust the hovercraft forward. The table below identifies the recommended payload capacity for each model of rescue craft.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Hovercraft

When purchasing a hovercraft for rescue and law enforcement operations it is important to know what characteristics to look for. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is it a stable platform on water?
  • Can you stand on the edge to pull a victim in?
  • Does it have good flotation?
  • Will it float the load if swamped by a wave?
  • Is the crew protected from the wind chill?
  • How much free-board is there?
  • Does it get on cushion in water with the rated load?

These are essential performance characteristics. Other practical questions about reliability and performance limits should also be raised. There are now hovercraft of different sizes to meet the needs of communities, climates and conditions of all kinds.

To see a hovercraft in action and to receive assistance in assessing the value of a hovercraft in your community's emergency response team, contact us.

Payload: 600 lbs
Hoverguard 600

Payload: 750 lbs
Hoverguard 700

Payload: 850 lbs
Hoverguard 800
Payload: 1,200 lbs
Hoverguard 1000