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General / Re: Becky Wilkins
« Last post by Al on Jun 13, 2024, 6:52 pm »
I've still been out cycling every day that I'm not on shift.  It's times like these I wished I had invested in an electric bike :-)  Anyway I have gone through the mileage half way point, and currently sitting at 171 miles.  My left leg is giving me a bit of trouble, but not as bad as I expected.  To say I'm a wee bit saddle sore is an understatement, even though I've been using padded undies.  I have a few days rest now, as back on shift in the morning for a few days & nights.


I achieved my longest ride of the month today which was 25 miles, so gradually getting fitter.


Anyway you can keep an eye on my progress here:  [size=78%]Alan's Giving Page (cancerresearchuk.org)[/size]

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For Sale & Wanted / Re: For sale - Sevtec Prospector
« Last post by bmorookian on Jun 07, 2024, 11:04 pm »
You know I’ve been tainted by this for a year or two. If we could figure out a way to ship it, I would buy it. Too bad I can’t find anything closer to me in this price range.
Ben
Anchorage AK
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General / Re: Hovercraft spots in South Wales
« Last post by Ronnie L on Jun 07, 2024, 11:05 am »
From a personal prospective.
Ian is one of the people that will give you sound, sensible clear advice.
I know that on a forum. You have no idea if the person who is giving advice knows what they are talking about.
I can promise you that Ian is one of the leading experts in the country when it comes to hovercraft.
He won’t give you BS.
And you can believe what he says.

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For Sale & Wanted / Re: For sale - Sevtec Prospector
« Last post by John Robertson on Jun 06, 2024, 11:26 am »
Will be on eBay next week unless someone bites before then - price is a bargain at £4300 for a fully working craft with a new skirt and trailer bed!
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For Sale & Wanted / Re: For sale - Sevtec Prospector
« Last post by John Robertson on Jun 06, 2024, 11:05 am »
... more pics
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For Sale & Wanted / For sale - Sevtec Prospector
« Last post by John Robertson on Jun 06, 2024, 11:04 am »

https://youtu.be/4EJSeyJhxis
 18ft Sevtec Prospector Hovercraft complete with hover on/off trailer. Ready to go.
 
Video of this craft in operation all over the UK can be found on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/jarobhov/search?query=prospector

 
Prospector Specifications (18ft hull)

Hull size: 18ft x 8ft (5.5m x 2.4m)
Empty weight: 1000lbs (454Kg)
Max payload: 1014lb (461Kg)
Cruise speed: 30mph
Top speed: 45mph
Fuel use: 2GPH max. (1.2GPH at cruise)
Engine: Subaru EA81/82 (max weight 260lb, 118Kg), 72-84HP @ 4000rpm
Propeller: 72inch 2 blade Powerfin consuming 36HP @ 200lb static thrust, 1750rpm max
Fan: 2 x 24in diameter 9 blade 4Z consuming 36HP @ 409CFS and 12PSF, max 3500rpm
Hard hull clearance: 12in (305mm)
Cabin flat area: 4.5ft x 10ft (1.38 x 3.05m)
 
   
This craft has the legendary Sevtec skirt and cushion system giving world-beating stability, safety and controllability.  Craft can cope with wave chop up to one metre safely (more at reduced capacity) and will never plough in - unlike most other hovercraft!  It can reliably transport up to four adults in comfort under most any conditions (max. load is 461Kg).  Well proven over 15 years of operation in UK coastal waters, this craft is a ‘proper’ hovercraft – not a toy.

   
Trailer
   
Craft comes complete with a fully galvanised custom hover on/off braked trailer.  Loading and unloading only takes a few minutes and can be easily carried out single-handedly.  Trailer has a spare wheel included.  Decking is brand new - replaced May 2024.
       
Engine
      
   
Engine is the renowned Subaru EA81, producing around 71HP @ 4000 rpm.  To reduce maintenance and extend life, the engine is ‘marinised’ – including a full stainless exhaust system, all galvanised framework, stainless fixings with most sheet metal parts replaced with alloy.  Engine is fitted with the reliable Weber 32/26 carburettor.  Starts first time and runs smoothly.  Recently serviced including a new alternator and crank oil seal.

Skirt
   
 The skirt is a low-pressure loop type manufactured from readily available PVC coated fabric (610 to 900gsm weight – commonly found on curtainsider trucks).  The skirt on this craft is brand new (fitted May 2024).
   
Equipment
      
   
Seating
Supplied with two boat-grade seats on swivel, gas strut bases for maximum comfort in wave chop.  There is also an upholstered rear bench seat for additional passengers.

Hood
A rain hood is supplied which attaches to the windscreen edge and lift duct.  It is stored under the side deck and can be assembled in a minute or so.  During craft operation, it can be attached to the rear bulkhead and folded back to sit above the rear bench ready for rapid deployment.

Instrumentation
Dashboard display includes GPS speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature, oil pressure and charge warning indicators.  A DSC VHF marine radio is installed (GPS location data is supplied by the speedometer module).

Controls
Standard boat-type throttle on RHS stringer – red lever is throttle (back to increase revs), black is choke (back to apply choke).  Sevtec skirt vent ‘brake’ pedal is on floor under steering wheel.  Steering is via dual 33c type industrial control cables to rudders.  Other controls include windscreen wiper (two speed with wash/wipe function by pushing) navigation lights (including mandatory orange beacon for hovercraft) and bilge pump (via recirc button on heater panel).  Cabin heat is supplied via car-type controls on dashboard (multi speed fan and demist controls).

Fuel System
Fuel tank (located under rear bench seat) is 30 litre capacity (around 4 hours duration – about 90miles range with reserve).  Fuel filter (with water trap) and fuel pump (Facet low pressure type 60104) are in the adjacent compartment all readily accessible.

Equipment
A box of spare parts is also supplied - located LHS under bench seat. A fire extinguisher is located forward of the LHS dash bulkhead.  An automatic lifejacket is also included.
 
 
 What you will get:
 
 1. Prospector Hovercraft in full working order as described above
 2. Galvanised drive-on trailer
 3. Automatic lifejacket
 4. Full planset as a PDF file
 5. Engine parts list and repair manuals as PDFs
 6. Operation and maintenance manual for this specific craft.
 7. VHF radio manual
 8. Craft wiring diagram
 9. Drawings for custom parts (prop pulley, starter plate and trailer)
 
 
 Documentation will be supplied in electronic form on a USB stick.
 
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General / Re: Hovercraft spots in South Wales
« Last post by Ian Brooks on Jun 05, 2024, 8:57 pm »
If you would like someone to look at your craft and talk about it’s capabilities you might bring it up to me. I’m at Minsterworth near Gloucester and I’ll be happy to talk things through over a cup of tea. I guess I’m about an hour from you.

My home  grounds are the Severn from Gloucester down to Denny Island. Whilst the Severn can a dangerous place it’s not intrinsically so, knowing the local conditions is what’s needed, along with preparation and training . I can give some pointers.

I do fear that an ex race craft may not be suitable for river use - but we shouldn’t jump to conclusions and let’s take a look. If the craft is suitable we may be able to put it in the river here for some practice. Breakdown is not an issue here, we can always recover it, and I won’t suggest going out if the river conditions are difficult.  Also we’ll make certain that it floats first!

PM me and we can sort out details.

Ian
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General / Re: Becky Wilkins
« Last post by Gavin Parson on Jun 05, 2024, 8:14 pm »
Sorry to hear that Al. Give Becky our good wishes, it was great to meet her last year.
It seems to be the luck of the draw, or DNA in many cases. Some people do manage to carry on for many years, some get cured, and others aren't so fortunate.
There seems to be positive news stories about new treatments for various ailments quite regularly at the moment, so let's be hopeful that some new treatment might be available. There was a story on the news tonight about some super cancer drug that IS available in Scotland but not in England, so at least Becky is in the right place.


All the best wishes
Gavin and Daryl Lynn
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General / Re: Creggans lunch stop today...
« Last post by Nick Flint on Jun 05, 2024, 9:38 am »
Drone top left! ;)
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General / Re: Reluctant to start garden tractor
« Last post by Nick Flint on Jun 05, 2024, 9:37 am »
 
I like that Gaz! ::)
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