Hoverprobe 2000

Hoverprobe 2000 Features and Options

Hovercraft Payload (with MetaDrill): 2,000 lbs (907 kg)
Hull: 22' (6.70 m) long x 9' (2.75 m) wide
Choice of Hull Colors: RED/WHITE/YELLOW/BLUE
Speed: 35 mph (56 kph) on calm water, 40 mph (64 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 cca batteries with battery master switch giving OFF-1-Both-2 positions.
  • Thrust system comprising: Twin 39" (990 mm) ducted, twelve blade fans with air-straightener arrays driven by Goodyear Eagle® Kevlar® Vee-tooth cog belts; ten cable-operated air rudders and removable fanguards
  • Electric actuator controlled splitter plates with dash mounted rocker switches allowing variable lift/ thrust settings for speed and cushion control on the move. Electronic displays on instrument panel show position of splitters
  • Integrated lift and thrust air system with Hypalon® coated skirts, rear mounted drag flap, six hardened aluminum replaceable skid rails. Kevlar® 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 15 feet (1.5 x 4.5 m) overall with 18 inch (45 cms) high cockpit sides
  • Transverse mounted three person box seat with snap on cushion seat for pilot plus two crew members
  • Crew protection windshield comprising rigid fiberglass, gelcoat structure with large curved windshield, two side windows with short roof; plus windshield wiper and washer system
  • Steering and Stopping: Hydraulically controlled multi-bladed shutters combined with splitters provide deflection of the thrust air into the thrust system for stationary hovering and stopping. Steering is provided by 10 full length rudder blades cable controlled from the handle bar which also mounts the control buttons for the splitters and the stationary hover louvers. The fans generate 600 lbs (270 kg) of forward thrust.
  • Hinged access instrument panel with tachometer, voltmeter, fuel gauges, engine oil pressure gauge, coolant temperature gauge, hydraulic louver position displays, hourmeter
  • Air-cushion system: Skirt length below hull structure is 12 inches (30 cms). Seventy-six Hypalon® coated skirts with 250 lb (113 kg) breaking strain Deltec® ties. Heavy-duty 55 inch (140 cms) rear drag flap.
  • Fuel System: Two 15 US gallon (56 l) painted aluminum fuel tanks. Dual electric fuel pumps; water separator fuel filter; dual external fuel filler caps; dual fuel gauges.
  • Electric System: Twelve volt twin 875 cca maintenance-free batteries with 90 amp alternator; dual duct-mounted strobe lights and USCG navigation lights.
  • Two 2000 gph (7500 l/hr) bilge pumps.
  • Drill Mounting: Special 2 x 3 inch (5 x 7.6 cms) aluminum angle underfloor reinforcements mounted on stringers to give added rigidity to the hull structure; rectangular heavy aluminum mounting plate to support the drill. Centrally located 6 ½ inch drill hole through the bottom hull fully sealed against water entering the hull. Complete with removable cap for use when craft is in motion. Twenty gallon underfloor hydraulic oil tank for operating drill.
  • MULTI-SONIC Core Drill hydraulically driven by counter-rotating cams and capable of producing 15,000 lbs (6,800 kg) of centrifugal force at 220 Hz vibration. The drill is capable of recovering at least 100 feet (30 m) of NQ core in 5 foot (1.5 m) sections. It should be capable of conversion to rotary coring if necessary. The multi-sonic drill is fabricated from light but strong alloys wherever possible to save weight and ergonomically designed for operations on limited deck space. The mast of the drill tilts horizontally to the front for transport between drilling sites and over the road.
  • Accessories and Safety Equipment: Two fire extinguishers, two grapple poles, emergency tool kit, USCG capacity plate; safety decals
  • Options: Mustang® survival suits and vests, radio, GPS
  • Hoverprobe 2000 Technical Specifications

    DIMENSIONS
    Length: 22'0" (6.70 m)
    Width: '0" (2.75 m)
    Cockpit Length: 12'0" (2.75 m)
    Cockpit Width: 5'0" (1.5 m)
    Height over Strobe Light: 80" (2.03 m)
    Approx Dry Weight: 3,900 lbs (1,769 kg)
    ENGINE
    Type: 4-cycle/V-8 Ram Jet 350
    Capacity: 350 cu in (5.7 l)
    Max Horsepower: 250 HP
    Max RPM: 4,000
    Fuel Capacity: 40 US gal (150 l)
    Battery: 2 x 850 cca
    Ignition: 12 V electronic
    Charging: 90 amp
    Cooling: Liquid
    Fuel System (ipo carburetor): Multi-port/fuel injection
    THRUST SYSTEM
    Fans: Dual Fan Lift/Thrust
    Fan Diameter: 39" (99 cms)
    Variable Splitter: Electric (ipo Hydraulic)
    CUSHION
    Max Hoverheight: 12" (30 cms)
    Skirt Segments: 80
    PERFORMANCE
    Max Payload: 800 lbs (363 kg) + drill
    Speed-Calm Water: 25 mph (40 km)
    Speed-Smooth Ice: 40 mph (64 km)
    Cushion (Hump) Time-Calm Water/Max Load: 12 seconds
    Max Wave Handling: 2 ft (60 cms)
    Turning: 180º and 360º turns

    Hovertrailer Specification for Hovertour 2000 or Hoverprobe 2000

    Construction:
    • Painted steel frame
    • Painted exterior grade plywood
    • Angled sideboards
    • Swing-away tongue jack and hydraulic tilt system
    Axles: Two 3,500 lb (1,509 kg) axles with hydraulic surge brakes
    Wheels & Tires: Four 20.5 x 8.0 x 10 load range D wide base wheels and tires
    Lighting:
    • Four side and three rear marker lights
    • Two combined tail, brake and turn signal lights
    Coupler:
    • 2 inch (51 mm) coupler
    • Safety chains
    Dimensions:
    • Width: 8' 6" (2.59 m)
    • Length (incl tongue): 17' (8.23 m)
    Trailer Weight: 2,600 lbs (1,182 kg)
    Max Weight Capacity (trailer plus load): 6,500 lbs (2,955 kg)
    Options:
    • Electric winch
    • Spare wheel and tire
    • Tie-downs