8/24/2017: Amphibious Marine review by: Paul of Yellowknife Canada
Looking for just the right Hovercraft can be a long process, it has taken me more than 12 years. I searched Canada, Europe, Russia, Australia and the USA from Alaska to the lower 48.I rode in a few, some lacked performance, others had no proven endurance and sadly some were of very poor quality, but then one day I stumbled upon Amphibious Marine Inc.
Amphibious Marine Inc’s Explorer Hovercraft could easily prove performance and endurance with their 1400 mile trip up the inside passage to Alaska, as for quality – I took a chance and ordered one without an onsite visit, I had a business commitment and I could not make an immediate trip to Shelton, WA.
I was in line to purchase the new Explorer 24, Bryan was very good at keeping me up to date on construction progress. All was going very smoothly, then my retirement came around and I had more time to focus on my upcoming Hovercraft.
From this point on I confronted Bryan with all sorts of requests, from hatches, to radio and radar systems, to USB and power ports, to extra fuel tanks, to high output heaters, to head liner, special decals and striping.
I’m sure there were other things, but Bryan took everything in stride, always explaining the operation, advantages, or disadvantages of my requests. He went above and beyond to assist with arrangements for my mechanics training on the Steyr diesel engine. A few sentences does not seem adequate to show all the time Bryan put in, nor the information I was given, we looked at Arctic Fuel spec, cold weather oil, heater output just to name a few things I was helped with.
Bryan also did considerable research on Canadian hovercraft regulations that will assist me if or when I decide to operate my hovercraft commercially.
My mechanic, my wife and I arrived at Amphibious Marine in Sheldon, WA on June 22 for a 4 day orientation and training program. I can’t say enough about the hospitality we received, we were put at ease with the easy going but precise Bryan Phillips, the wonderful and patient Angela Philips as well as by Bryan’s parents.
I got to see my completed Hovercraft in person, no, I wasn’t surprised by the excellent quality, a little in awe but not surprised.
All I can say is that the days flew by; we encountered every type of water possible, from wind and waves to calm conditions, The Explorer 24 hovercraft shone throughout.
With Bryan’s instruction, we spent 3 days hands on “driving” and one day on the mechanical systems; this amount of training will give me the knowledge to handle most situations however I know I will be operating my wonderful Explorer very cautiously.
The Explorer 24 hovercraft is a quality product, designed and manufactured by the very dedicated and talented Bryan Phillips.
2/16/13: We have redesigned our Vanguard model to incorporate a 40hp engine. It can reach speeds of 40 mph, payload has been increased to 850 lbs, and it improves the craft’s ability to handle head winds. The new belt drive is designed to prevent any slippage, has improved efficiency, requires no re-tensioning, and eliminates the need for belt covers, simplifying maintenance. The idlers features a double sealed bearing for greatly improved surface life over the old v-belt idlers.
1/2/10: Our Explorer 22-TDI hovercraft uses a VW TDi Diesel Engine, can seat 8 people and its payload is 1600lbs. Click here to see pictures of its construction.