Hovertravel ran three completely full pleasure trips from Lee-on-Solent, at the slipway opposite the Hovercraft Museum, over the recent Bank Holiday weekend.
Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial at Hovertravel, says: “Our pleasure trip programme is very successful and with three sold-out trips over this past weekend, demand is booming. Taking our hovercraft to Lee-on-Solent is a treat for us because that is very close to Stokes Bay from where our original service used to run, and we are also giving customers the chance to experience the world’s only year-round commercial passenger hovercraft. We have seen how this experience appeals to people of all ages, looking to enjoy a unique activity.”
The pleasure trips are a 20-minute demonstration of the capabilities of the hovercraft including exercises which show off the amazing manoeuvrability of these 12000TD craft, all accompanied by expert commentary from the pilot. At the end of the pleasure trips customers can meet the pilot and learn what it is like to fly a hovercraft, with its two engines developing up to 2,158 hp and enabling a top speed of 50 knots. There is also the opportunity to look around the craft, seeing how the lightweight aluminium structure has been precision engineered for comfort and aerodynamic efficiency.
Loretta adds: “Our hovercraft are a marvel of British engineering, operating at high speed across one of the busiest stretches of water in the world so we give our customers the chance to chat to our pilots and see where they work by allowing access to the normally closed cockpit.”