- Posted by Air Rider
- On January 27, 2017
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- air rider, hovercraft, operation, terrain
Have you ever considered a hovercraft and an airboat, and wondered which will meet your needs best? Hovercraft and airboats both have fans at the back of the vehicle – but that’s where their similarities end. We field inquiries from people who use the words interchangeably – thinking they refer to the same thing, and other times we get questions from people who think that our product is actually an airboat.
We’ve put together the following information to clear up any confusion between the two different vehicles.
|How Does it Work||Hovercrafts fly over the terrain - keeping a space of air between the surface and the hull.|
Hovercrafts allow you to fly over water hazards such as ice, low sitting deadhead trees debris, etc
|Airboats are flat-bottomed boats with a fan propeller. They sit in the water and create a wake when in use.
Users must be alert to avoid any water hazards that may impact the hull and cause damage.
|Suitable Terrain||- Ice|
- Salt Flats
- Any hard surface is suitable for hovercraft; however as the surface becomes more porous, i.e. grass - additional flow is required to hover
- Sometimes Ice - depending on the model
*Airboats must be modified to traverse other terrain - but they are never going to be as adaptable or amphibious as hovercraft*
|Ease of Operation||MEDIUM|
Has the same level of difficulty as learning to drive a car.
Air Rider Hovercraft have a variable pitch propeller, allowing you to transition from forward to reverse pitch in jest a second - yes, air brakes!
The combination of VF/R Propeller, rudder and throttle offers the driver excellent craft control.
- Airboats do not have brakes or a reverse gear - everything is controlled by speed.
- Can become unstable at high speeds.
- Many airboats become unstable in deep water.
- Can be prone to "swamping" when making turns.
- Wind contributes to capsizing.
- Must use docks but without the ability to reverse - must glide with the engine cut.
- Floating weeds could create enough surface tension to completely stop an airboat's forward momentum.
Air Rider Hovercraft is quiet in operation because of the low revving 4-stroke engine with a super quiet exhaust muffler and slow rotating variable pitch propeller.
- Many older airboats do not use mufflers, so there is a lot of engine noise.
- Airboat users are urged to avoid areas of staging waterfowl as a single pass of an airboat can cause a large disturbance.
- They hover over the water, preserving the water or land underneath.
- The pressure a hovercraft exerts on its operating surface is 1/30th of a human foot.
- Hovercraft produce no underwater noise.
Like traditional boats, airboats travel in the water creating wakes and possible damage to wildlife.
Air Rider Hovercraft brings the world’s most innovative hovercraft to customers and is committed to creating cutting-edge crafts and educating North Americans about the benefits of hovercraft use for access and safety over our rugged landscape.
Contact us today to connect with an Air Rider Hovercraft service representative who would be happy to answer any questions!