: Trailer boats article, October 2000
from nylon-reinforced PVC with neoprene segments, the skirt is technically
described as a “full-loop, constant-pressure cellular multi-finger”
design. Each finger is individually pressurized, and this is what
allows the craft to traverse seamlessly across any flat terrain,
including a two-foot chop and even small waves. The pressurized
loop also acts as a bumper cushion should the Slider bump into something
it can’t float over. Two inflatable bladders around the craft
create a 700kg “buoyancy chamber” that lets the hovercraft
remain stable when you stop in the middle of the lake for a swim,
or simply to enjoy the view.
Seating is similar to a personal water-craft, with driver and passenger
riding tandem and the operator controlling via a pair of handlebars
while monitoring engine functions on the standard tachometer, volt
and fuel gauges. Stowage for personal flotation devices, jackets,
towels and other gear is provided in two compartments that are accessed
under the driver’s seat, or from a hatch in the front faring.
With a payload capacity of 200kg, the 250kg Slider is built on
a 3.9m x 2.3m wide fibreglass hull, and is easily trailerable. Its
streamlined shape adds to the craft’s futuristic looks, while
aiding manoeuvrability and quick acceleration. Options include a
trailer, bilge pump, blower, hourmeter and custom hull colours.
This mini hovercraft runs on super unleaded gasoline mixed at a
50:1 fuel/oil ratio. Considering
flights of fancy you can take aboard this ultimate personal recreation
vehicle, it seems like a bargain.
Fuel Capacity: 40 litres
Engine: Hirth 52hp, two cylinder, two stoke
Transmission: Poly Chain GT Belt Drive
Lift Fan: Two aerofoil sectioned centrifugal
Propulsion Fan: One three-bladed axial