Hovertravel has released more details about their new craft project. The first of the two craft hovered for the first time last week and this week has been moved out of the engineering shed to have the propellers connected to the engines.
“The first hover for any hovercraft is a highly significant goal and everyone at Hovertravel and Griffon Hoverwork was delighted to be able to reach this major milestone in the build project”, explained Loretta Lale, Hovertravel's Commercial and Marketing Manager, “The next stage is to prepare the craft to undergo performance testing on the water.”
With the project timings all on schedule, this first craft has been rigorously inspected by both the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Lloyds Register. Following their approval and the provision of a Permit to Operate and Trials Exemption Certificate, the craft can now be tested on the water.
“With more than 40 years of experience and having constructed over 170 hovercraft, Griffon Hoverwork has an unrivalled experience in working with this type of vessel” added Selina Kefford, Marketing Manager at Griffon Hoverwork, “As part of our comprehensive trials/testing process, we will soon be measuring the performance of the craft on the water to ensure it meets with our manufacturing and design parameters.’’
Griffon is expected to start conducting these tests within two weeks.