Discussion in 'Bases / Shore Est' started by soleil, May 23, 2009.
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How well do hovercraft deal with rough seas? DO they just rise up with the waves like normal ships/boats, or does their different propulsion method mean they act in different ways?
VISITORS to the Barbican will be able to ride on the only tourist passenger hovercraft operating in Europe when a new venture launches next month.Thats not quite right is it ?.Isn't there a hover ferry from Pompey to the isle of wight i seem to remember.Or would not that be classed tourist
Not well, they are limited to low sea states, as they "hover" on a cushion of air, if the seas are rough this air cushion is broken, and the craft does not hover. The hover effect created by "pushing" air under the vessel, if the sea state is too rough this air just rushes away from the vessel, at rate faster than can be pumped under the vessel, therefore there is no upwards air-pressure that creates the hover, basically.
The propulsion is just a massive great propeller on the (usually the stern of the) vessel.
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