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Got an update from jason a few days ago.  The Coastal Pro is supposed to ship the 16th.  Should have it sometime in early December is it clears customs in a timely manner.  I am very excited!
 
Well, that's pretty cool news!

Now, who's going to do a retrofit mount for all the Scats out there. :)

Jim Kenney
HCA #5812
1990 Hoverdynamics RX2000 Cuyuna 430
1987 Scat I Rotax 503
1988 Scat II Rotax 503
 
Jim,

The Coastal Pro is going to have a 85 hp 4 cycle automotive type engine from Toyota in it.  Toyota has worked with them to make the engine suitable for hovers.

Barry - good to hear you'll be a hover owner soon.  Hopefully we'll meet some day at an event.


Marquis Songer
HCA #5480
Terre Haute, IN
 
Possibly a 4 cyl engine? 

A few to choose from in that arena.

I'm not sure the 1/2 VW can produce that much HP. 



Jim Kenney
HCA #5812
1990 Hoverdynamics RX2000 Cuyuna 430
1987 Scat I Rotax 503
1988 Scat II Rotax 503
 

I know nothing about it - but 99.99% certain it's a 4-stroke.  Flying fish don't do 2-strokes in their cruisers.  


Dave Reyburn ~
VP & Treasurer, Hoverclub of America
Vortex Raptor F1/FS Racer
Revtech Renegade Cruiser
 
I expected a 4-stroke , but this was mentioned in Barry's previous response.

  "The Coastal Pro is now coming out with a 85 hp. engine in their unit. "

Don't know what to make of that since I can't find the info on Jason's site.

Jason better chime in soon with a powerplant like that. :)


Jim Kenney
HCA #5812
1990 Hoverdynamics RX2000 Cuyuna 430
1987 Scat I Rotax 503
1988 Scat II Rotax 503
 

Jim, 

I am surprised Jason hasn't chimed in yet.  It is my understanding all of Jason's motors are 4 strokes.


Josh Speer
Terre Haute, Indiana
UH-17 T Hovercraft
 
Hi Barry,

I'm guessing that's a 2 stroke? Sounds like it will power that craft nicely.!

Too bad you all the way over on the left side  of TN. The Big Spring get together by Chattanooga is a great place to go in October.

Been there a few times, and a great place to chat with the experts.

Jim Kenney
HCA #5812
1990 Hoverdynamics RX2000 Cuyuna 430
1987 Scat I Rotax 503
1988 Scat II Rotax 503
 
Thanks.  It looks like it will be a blast!
 
Congratulations on your purchase.  Hopefully we will see you when you get your craft at area cruises.

Josh Speer
Terre Haute, Indiana
UH-17 T Hovercraft
 
Marquis;
 
Well, I took the dive.  I ordered the Coastal Pro from Jason.  I do not know when to expect delivery as they are still testing the engine.  I will keep you posted.
 
Thanks, 
 
Barry,

Yes, I do know Jason.  I'm proud to say that he's been a friend of mine for 30 years.  I've also known Chris Fitzgerald of Neoteric since about 1995 or so and enjoy his company when we are at events.

I'd have to say that the machines Dave Reyburn has mentioned are in my opinion the best options available in the USA.  The new Toyota engine option for the Coastal Pro I think is pretty exciting.  Just to put it out there for you the other remaining manufacturers are Hovertechnics in Michigan and Amphibious Marine in Washington state.  http://www.hovertechnics.com & http://amphibiousmarine.com

Hovertechnics has not been very active in the club in my roughly 20 year involvement, the only appearance by their owner at an event during that time period being at Hoverally in 2007 or thereabouts.  Their craft to me are dated, heavy, and don't perform as well as the others previously mentioned.

Amphibious Marine has been active over the years in the club but geographic distance has kind of kept them away from our national rally for a while.  I do not have any direct experience with their commercially manufactured machines but there are some of the kit built versions floating around the midwest.  They are quiet and spacious, but if you have to get under low branches or bridges clearance could be an issue as they are pretty tall with the big propellers on the back.  They also won't set any speed records but work well for their intended purpose.  It took me visiting the Pacific Northwest around 2006 to see them in their native environment before I "got that" about them.  Amphibious Marine's basic designs came from the former company Sevtec, founded by Barry Palmer.  Sevtec was more of a homebuilder plans & parts company but Bryan has taken that a step farther since Barry retired a few years ago.

Please continue to ask questions as they arise and we'll do our best to answer.  As far as I know there isn't anyone else in the USA that hasn't been mentioned in the previous posts or this one.  If there is they aren't very big or well known.  *Disclaimer - it's late and I'm pretty tired so hopefully I'm not forgetting anything.  My apologies if I am!  If you have the ability to stop by the Wabash Cannonball Cruise in Vincennes, IN over Labor Day weekend you should see at least the Neoteric & Hoverstream machines.  There will be homebuilts there as well. 

Marquis Songer
HCA #5480
Terre Haute, IN
 
Marquis;
 
The Coastal Pro is now coming out with a 85 hp. engine in their unit.  Do you know Jason?  He seems to be very well versed about the Hovercrafts he sells and is very easy to talk to. Do you have any other recommendations as to what might be out there that might fit my needs
 
I would really like to pull the trigger on this within the next month.  Let me know your thoughts
 
Thank you again very much for your input and your welcome.  The rallys that your group has sounds like it would be a blast! 
 
Dave;
 
Thanks for your response.  Jason just informed me that the new Coastal Pro now comes with an 85 HP three cylinder Toyota engine (4 cycle). Any experience with that? Jason has by far been the more personable of those that I have met. I am definitely leaning more towards the Hoverstream the more we talk. I think that the reverse buckets intrigue me as far as getting out ot tight spots. Are other Hovercraft easy to turn aeound in tight spots?.
 
The Renegade is probably going to be too small as it is a two seater.  I will need some room and power to shuttle people back and forth to the duck blind.
 
Thank you so much for your input.  It means a lot to get honest feedback from someone who "does not have a dog in the hunt". I am going to do some more "net surfing " this weekend and I am sure that I will have more questions.
 
It sure is a lot of money to outlay for a "toy" but I am very excited about the prospect of owning a Hovercraft.
 
Some finer points to consider.  If you go with the Neoteric, the in-line seat is a better choice if you are planning to take passengers.  It just makes it much easier to control fore-aft balance when you have passengers.  The side-by-side seating looks sexy but it's a pain to take passengers because the weight will either be too far back or too far forward.  Some may disagree with me, but I've owned a Neoteric for 10 years and I know what I'm talking about.  The Hirth engine is probably quite reliable, but since it's a 2 stroke you will get much worse fuel mileage than a 4 stroke.  Neoteric has been around for decades and make a great craft,  The reverse buckets are very useful but not needed on other types of craft.  They also do a mossy oak paint scheme for hunters.  The engine/fan is quite noisy so don't know if quietness is a concern for you.  Probably not if you're navigating rivers far from inhabited areas.  The floatation is second to none, but it is a little on the heavy side.  The duct is small, but the craft makes plenty of power.

The Hoverstream Marlins are a great craft too.  Four stroke engine means better fuel mileage.  The engine/fan are quieter than a Neoteric.  The Marlin and Hovertrek are both hand laid fiberglass hulls made in a mold, so construction techniques are similar.  Jason makes some custom touches to the craft that really finish it off well.  I have no actual experience with this craft but have seen them operate recently at Hoverally and they seem fairly light and nimble.

The Universal Renegade is a craft that I own (previously owned the racing version and am converting it to a Renegade)  The hulls are very strong made from 10mm divinycell foam and kevlar/epoxy sandwich and vacuum bagged in a mold.  The engine is 4 stroke (29-31hp Koehlers mostly, air or liquid cooled), The engine/fan is by far the quietest of the three craft because the fan turns more slowly than the Marlin.  It is a very light weight and nimble craft and a joy to drive, but driving position is more of a kneeling one versus an upright seating position on the Neo and Marlin.  It's a 2 person craft so more suited to solo driving than the others.
The fuel milage is phenomenal compared to just about anything.  A beautifully stylish craft with a gorgeous duct and carbon fiber rudders/cones and stainless steel components.  Can't wait to get mine cruising again.

Good luck with your purchase.



Dave Reyburn ~
VP & Treasurer, Hoverclub of America
Vortex Raptor F1/FS Racer
Revtech Renegade Cruiser
 
 
Thanks for the reply!  I am getting the hovercraft for several uses, mostly personal.  I love to hunt and fish and the area I live in is a swamp (West Tennessee). Much of our land we hunt on is Feferal land and they are very sensitive about any environmental footprint.  There are a lot of areas that accessable only by the Mississippi River (and still require a long walk) or the water is so covered with surface vegetation (Reelfoot Lake) that a boat will not pass through it). I have a cabin on the river and in the middle of 24,000 acres of federal refuge (Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge) and I lease it to hunters, fishermen and for weekend get-aways.  I hope to include tours with my hovercraft in the near future.
 
I feel that the use of a hovercraft in this area will create a boom on their sales once people see the potential of what they can do and where they can access. I hope to get in on it. I also wish to volunteer my services to our local rescue squad as flooding is often an issue in our area as well as retrieving duck and deer hunters who have mishaps.
 
But I mainly wish to use it for recreational purposes and to explore areas that see little,if any human traffic!
 
Thanks again for replying to my query.  I guessed as much about the HOVPOD and was skeptical of their reponses to my question(s). I am sure they are a responsible as well as a reputable company but they are just too far removed from my location.
 

I would eliminate the Hovpod from your list unless it's really inexpensive. The other 2 are far better.  Also consider the Universal Renegade if you're looking for factory built turn-key craft.  Go test drive the craft if they offer it (or pay to get trained in one if you've never driven a hovercraft).


Dave Reyburn ~
VP & Treasurer, Hoverclub of America
Vortex Raptor F1/FS Racer
Revtech Renegade Cruiser
 
Hi Barry,

First of all, welcome to the club!

Can you elaborate for us what you plan to use the craft for & describe your primary operating environment?

I can say that both Neoteric and Hoverstream are reputable companies.  Both owners are good people that want you to have a good experience with their product.  I've seen only a single Hovpod over the years and that company has not been very active (if at all) to my knowledge in our club over the years.  The Hovpod I saw was at the Lake Geneva, WI Ice Hover-in a few years back and I later found out that he ended up selling that craft and getting something else.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.  That's what we're here for!

Marquis Songer
HCA #5480
Terre Haute, IN
 
Greetings!  I am looking to purchase a hovercraft within the next two months. I am leaning towards the Neoteric four passenger with the 65 hp Hirth fuel injected engine.  I have looked at the Coastal Pro (Hoverstream) and the HOVPOD's.Can anyone offer me some advice? I sure would appreciate any feedback before I drop this chunk of change!
 
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