Hovertechincs Hoverguard 800 hovercraft

Hoverguard 800 Features and Options

Hovercraft Payload (standard equipment): 850 lbs (340 kg)
Hull: 16' long x 8' wide (4.88 x 2.44 m)
Choice of Hull Colors: RED/WHITE
Speed: 35 mph (56 kph) on calm water, 60 mph (96 kph) on smooth ice
Max Wave Handling Capacity: 2 ft (60 cms)
Turning Capability: 180 and 360 degree turns on land, ice and water

Standard equipment:

  • General Motors 4-cycle, V8 multi-port, fuel injected engine
  • 12v electrical system with 90 amp alternator
  • Dual 850 ccca batteries with battery master switch giving OFF-1-BOTH-2 positions
  • Thrust system: Twin 39" (99 cms) ducted twelve blade fans driven by Goodyear Eagle® Kevlar® Vee-tooth cog belts; air straightener arrays; ten cable-operated air rudders and removable fanguards
  • Electric actuator controlled splitter plates with dash mounted rocker switches allowing variable lift and thrust settings for speed and cushion control on the move
  • Integrated lift and thrust air system with Hypalon® coated skirts, rear mounted drag flap, six hardened aluminum replaceable skid rails
  • Fiberglass bottom hull made of hand lay-up woven roving plus sealed polyurethane foam liner with high freeboard sides
  • Woven roving fiberglass inner hull with glossy gelcoat finish.
  • Flat non-skid cockpit floor 5' x 10' (1.52 m x 3.05 m) overall with 18" (45 cms) high cockpit sides
  • Two triangular vinyl cushion seats mounted one on each side of centerline cushion crew seat and stowage module.
  • Crew protection windshield comprising rigid fiberglass gel coat structure with large curved windshield, two side windows with short roof plus windshield wiper and washer system.
  • Fast-reaction handle bar steering, twist grip throttle
  • Hinged access instrument panel with tachometer, hourmeter, engine oil pressure gauges, coolant temperature gauge, two fuel gauges and voltmeter
  • 40 US gal (150 l) capacity fuel tanks
  • Four mooring eyes, one bow eye and one rear winching eye
  • Twin strobe flashers (red, blue or amber), all-round light on ducts and red/green bow light
  • Four 2 ft stainless steel grab rails, two collapsible grapple poles, two ring buoys.
  • Two 2,000 gph (7,500 l/hr) bilge pumps


  • Stainless steel dual muffler
  • Removable vinyl cockpit  enclosure
  • Combined siren and public address system
  • Heater-defroster
  • Heavy-duty lift eyes for raising craft with a hoist
  • Night rescue lighting package
  • Stationary hover system
  • Interior cockpit lighting
  • Aluminum decking over basic decking to withstand impact loads
  • All Kevlar® bottom hull
  • Non-standard color
  •  Thunder® T3 hearing protection
  • Mustang® survival suits and vests
  • Special options available on request (GPS, radio and intercom equipment, special seating)

Hoverguard 800 Technical Specifications


16'0" (488 cms)
8'0" (244 cms)
Cockpit Length
6'0" (1.8 m)
Cockpit Width
5'0" (1.5 m)
80" (203 cms)
Approx Dry Weight
2,200 lbs(907 kg)


General Motors 4-cycle/V-8
350 cu. in. (5.7 l)
Max. Horsepower
280 HP
Fuel Capacity
40 US gal (150 l)
2 X 850 cca
12 V electronic
90 amp
Fuel System (ipo carburetor)
Multi-port/fuel injection


Dual Lift/Thrust
Fan Diameter
39" (99 cms)
Variable Splitter
Electric (ipo Hydraulic)


Max Hoverheight
12" (30 cms)
# of Skirt Segments


Max Payload
850 lbs. (385 kg)
Speed Calm Water
40 mph (56 km)
Speed Smooth Ice
60 mph (96 km)
Cushion (hump) time w/ calm water & max load
8 seconds
Max Wave Handling Capacity
2 ft (60 cms)
Turning Capability
180º and 360º turns on land, ice & water

Hovertrailer Specifications for Hoverguard 800 or Hovertour 800

  • Painted steel frame
  • Painted exterior grade plywood decking
  • Hinged angled sideboards
  • Swing-away tongue jack and hydraulic tilt system
Two 3,500 lb (1,509 kg) axles
Wheels & Tires
Four 20.5 x 8.0 x 10 load range E wide base wheels and tires
  • Four side and three rear marker lights
  • Two combined tail, brake and turn signal lights
  • 2 inch (51 mm) coupler
  • Safety chains
  • Width: 8' 6" (2.59 m)
  • Length (incl tongue): 23' 6" (7.16 m)
Trailer Weight
1,700 lbs (773 kg)
Max Weight Capacity (trailer plus load)
4,000 lbs (1,819 kg)
  • Spare wheel and tire
  • Hydraulic brakes
  • Electric power winch
  • Tie-downs

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