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They're still alive!!! We've actually saved them!

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They're still alive!!! We've actually saved them!

Now you all know i'm a big fan of our engineering in the past.. from trains to planes and everything in between but I've never really mentioned a great deal about hovercraft in the past. Sure I've referred to them once or twice but not as much as our other forms of once glorious transportation.
Anyway.. yesterday having watched Guy Martin being a wally with his hovercraft got me thinking of our old big beasties that used to cross the channel before Duty Free got the can. You know the ones.. the big SRN4 types with the 4 huge propellers for ultimate directional control.
I remember someone mentioning the hovercraft museum previously and saying that they had gone there but when i looked at their website i found no reference to them. Well.. last night i looked into it again and found it on google.. guess what... THEY'RE ALIVE!!!!

Look!!!



No seriously.... scoll down and take a look!!!


Oh come on... it's right below here lol just take a look!:


Look.. they're actually there!!! How exciting is that?
Now all i need to do is scrape together some money and book myself in for a visit at some point... damn i hate being skint!
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You can actually "see" them from the road way... where the gates are in front of the big one... ( the gates used to open to let them down the ramp into the water )...
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Totally cool!
I always wanted to go on one as a kid by my stupid screwed up useless parent would never treat me to anything like that!
I'd love to see them go back into service..
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They were so much more fun the the hydrofoils.
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I had to google image search that lol.
Hydrofoils.. they look freaky!!
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We often used them on the Dover - Calais crossing. They were certainly to be avoided in bad weather Wink
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Purposely went on them in the last summer they were in service, outward journey on the Hydrofoil and inbound journey on the Hovercraft.
They were the fastest crossing on water across the channel but they had too many none flying days because of bad weather.
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Still run hovercraft ferries across to Isle of wight http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/about-the-hovercraft.php
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Fast but uncomfortable if there was any kind of sea running in the Channel.
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also jiggled all the oil out of my hydraulic tappets - took several hundred yards driving before the rattle went  Crazy
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also jiggled all the oil out of my hydraulic tappets

Did it cause any problems with your car ae well?
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They were certainly to be avoided in bad weather Wink

How come? - I thought with the 4 big propellers that they'd remain under control and be stable?
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Still run hovercraft ferries across to Isle of wight http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/about-the-hovercraft.php

But they're the silly little ones. I always liked the BIG impressive ones.. you know.. from the days when the UK was seen as being good at this stuff.
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Fast but uncomfortable if there was any kind of sea running in the Channel.

Grin Grin Grin Grin
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LOL!!!!
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remember this beast well - took "heaving on the high seas" to a whole new level  Embarrassed  Crazy
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Not being a very good sea-farer and after a pretty poor return journey from France where the sea was so 'lumpy' (as a crew member put it) you couldn't see where my green shirt stopped and my head started I vowed to travel by hovercraft as it was supposed to be so much quicker.
Quicker yes - comfortable, no. Although I didn't get sea-sick it did seem that my body continued to vibrate for some time after disembarking Shocked

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Hovercraft ride the water and is not very good ride in heavy seas. Ships cut through the water and is better handling heavy seas. Hydrofoil are just as bad as a hovercraft in heavy seas.