The Explorer 24 commercial hovercraft is the most efficient, cost effective, saltwater capable hovercraft on the market today. Fully enclosed cabin with seating arrangements for 10-12 people, is being used for revenue generating operations such as tourist attractions. Another use is as a personal cruising vessel with significant advantages over tradition power boats. The possibilities here are virtually unlimited. Operating on a pressurized cushion of air the vehicle leaves virtually no wake at cruise speed, 32 mph, as it flies 16.5 inches above the surface. The vessel is powered with a Steyr commercial marine diesel engine producing 144 hp, but cruises at 32 mph on 45% throttle, or just 3 GPH. State of the art construction features resin infused composite laminates of structural marine foam, glass fiber, carbon reinforcement and epoxy vinyl ester resin. Explorer 24 video.
Unlike older aluminum designs you might see, this craft is capable of more payload and speed for a given amount of horsepower. This means reduced fuel consumption, less noise, lower initial cost and reduced operating cost. In fact some craft use two even three times as much horsepower while carrying less payload. The noise levels are similar to most inboard jet boats but lower than that of outboard jet motors. The 2200 pound payload is based on a deep water plane out with an added margin for wind or other adverse conditions. For example, a maximum plane out test will show about 2600 pounds payload. Payload includes people, fuel and gear. The empty weight of the craft is approximately 2100 pounds and the standard trailer weighs about 800lbs.
This latest model has a complete hardtop enclosure with gull wing doors. The heater directs air via steerable vents onto the windshield keeping it clear on cool humid days. The windshield is also equipped with a pair of heavy duty marine wipers and arm mounted sprayers. The standard seating arrangement calls for 6 cabin seats with arm rests, and a four-person bench seat across the aft cabin. This provides seating for ten while still allowing a significant amount of interior cockpit space. Each seat is equipped with a durable vinyl or fabric covered cushion and high-quality foam. The overall width of the cabin is 75 inches inside and 153 inches long including the rear seat. The cabin however can be modified to fit your needs.
The operating range with the stock 36 gallon tank at 32 mph is approximately 325 miles while allowing for a reserve.
The craft is equipped standard with tinned marine grade wire, adhesive lined heat shrink connectors, waterproof electrical plugs, stainless fasteners, stainless turbo exhaust piping, stainless shafting, six greaseable bearings, stainless steel guard and gelcoat finish. The saltwater option upgrades the propeller and lift fan frames to stainless tubing, the muffler to stainless, engine is painted, aluminum components are hard anodized or powder coated and certain drive components are made in stainless.
The unique Amphibious Marine skirt system uses a minimum amount of fabric while maximizing hover height and durability. Maintenance on the 36 ounce urethane coated fabric is commonly done on a seasonal basis, unlike some craft that require work after each run. Thin layers of urethane film or urethane coated fabric can be bonded to the six discrete wear areas on skirt, using a single part contact adhesive or hot air welder. Seasonal maintenance is completed in a matter of a few hours with very little material cost.
When the engine is started the automatic clutch gives a smooth start for the fan and propeller immediately inflating the skirt to its full operating width. The lift system is fully operational at a very low throttle setting allowing for exceptional control without the need to operate the fan and propeller separately. The multi-compartment skirt system is unique in its capability to handle waves and wakes that would leave most craft with their nose in the water struggling to get moving again. The skirt width as measured at the ground contact point, 11 feet wide, and is 13.8 feet from outside to outside. When the engine is shut down the skirt system automatically folds down to 8 1/2 feet for trailering.
The design has proven itself over the last 18 years, on trips as long as 1400 miles from Seattle to Juneau Alaska up the inside passage.
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- Steyr engine control display, 7″ LCD
- Saltwater series: includes all necessary upgrades for saltwater use
- Camouflage paint scheme
- Galvanized boat trailer
- Dry launch, rapid deployment trailer
- Hot air skirt welder
- Tourist operations, resort hotels, eco tours, remote resort access
- Hunting & fishing guide services
- Oyster and Clam Harvesting
- Surveys, pipe lines, drilling
- Fishing, easy access to shore line, skims over nets
- Search & Rescue
- Ice rescue, fast, safe, & efficient rescue of people and animals.
- Mud rescue
- Flood water rescue. Hovercraft are immune to floating or submerged obstacles, debris, and swift currents.
- Fishing, fly fishing, ice fishing, and trolling.
- Tender for larger vessels.
- Duck hunting.
- Mosquito abatement.
- Tidal area research and monitoring.
- Noxious weed abatement.
- Oil spill clean up.
- Surveys, wildlife, pollution. wetland