Hover Garage Experiences

Discover how to build a hovercraft from a kit: Neoteric Hover Garage

As you read the experiences reported by customers who assembled the Hovertrek from a Neoteric Partially Assembled Kit. These reports from customers include step-by-step photos and lots of helpful hints and tips for building a hovercraft.

Hovercraft kits are more than just a hobby or family project. These reports are from commercial and rescue hovercraft builders as well as recreational users. You’ll get to know your hovercraft inside out when you build it with our easy-to-follow DIY hovercraft plans.

Have you built a Neoteric Hovercraft from a kit? Send us your hovercraft project photos / videos and experiences and we’ll post your report in the Hover Garage: team@neoterichovercraft.com

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Chris Wayman

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom


Rescue Hovercraft
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Tim Juzyk

Aurora, Nebraska USA


Recreational Hovercraft

“My ranch is just a mile from the Platte River. It’s a great place for a hovercraft because it is wide, shallow and extends for hundreds of miles. I plan to use my hovercraft mostly to explore and enjoy the Platte and its tributary, the Loup River, with friends and relatives.”

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Walt Sitz

Burns, Oregon USA


Rescue Hovercraft

“You can try to row a boat through the flood debris, but if I could deploy with a hovercraft, that’s what would be used. It’s a natural addition. And your reverse thrust system – you need that kind of control. I want to push the usefulness of this amazing machine in all situations. I went to Terre Haute and took hovercraft training with Chris Fitzgerald and was sold on its potential after that!"…

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Dave Reyburn

Goshen, Indiana USA

Email: dreyburn@bnin.net


Recreational Hovercraft

"Neoteric makes putting the hovercraft together so easy. What an awesome machine! I thoroughly enjoyed the process of assembling the hovercraft and learned a few things along the way, too. It was also a good opportunity to teach my eldest son Travis about hand tools and fasteners and also some basic aerodynamics”…

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Dirk Lohry

McCook Lake, South Dakota USA


Recreational Hovercraft

“The Neoteric craft can hover in place, spin like a top or even backup - try doing that in any other hovercraft! The cool thing was flying over floating logs and vegetation - try doing that in a boat! Landing on shore was just cool - no more dragging my boat up the shore, knee deep in mud.”…

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Don Kerr

Minden, Ontario, Canada


Recreational Hovercraft

“I could see the many advantages of Neoteric’s advanced design with its reverse thrust system, including a light fiberglass hull and no large exposed prop subject to rapid tip damage from water spray. I also wanted to go with their partially assembled hovercraft kit and assemble it myself so that I could get a better understanding of its assembly and parts.”…

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Albuquerque Police Department

Officer William Taylor

Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

Email: tucoii@aol.com


Rescue Hovercraft

“When we first took delivery of our unassembled Hovertrek I decided to have all the police striping and markings applied before I started any assembly. I took the new and empty hovercraft hull to a local company that stripes and marks all of our patrol vehicles.”…

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Ryan Westmerland & Pascale Geoffrion

Whataroa, New Zealand


Recreational Hovercraft

Ryan Westmerland and Pascale Geoffrion built their Hovertrek™ from a Neoteric Hovercraft Kit to be used for fishing at the mouth of the Whataroa River in New Zealand. Ryan’s young son was involved in the hovercraft’s construction…

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Richard Weissensel

USA


Recreational Hovercraft

The first hurdle to jump in this project was getting the right hovercraft. I searched for years, until finalizing a deal a few months ago in Oregon. Here are pictures from picking the craft up. It is a Neoteric Model 1874, which is approximately 12' long and 6.5' wide, which makes this unit a good platform for the DeLorean. It has side by side seating for four, although it will now be used primarily as a two-seater…

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Extreme Fun

Neoteric Hovercraft Dealer

Pretoria, South Africa

Email: winstone@idtec.co.za


Recreational Hovercraft

"I hover nearly every weekend … I have been in Gale Force 3 conditions: 0.5m – 1 m waves and winds around 35km/h in Durban Harbour. It really was fun – challenging, but fun. The wind was too strong to drive straight into the wind and waves, but tacking worked well and WOW, this hovercraft can surf on the waves!"…

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Rich Stuart

Indiana USA

Email: RStuar8136@aol.com


Recreational Hovercraft

"I'm Rich Stuart's son, and I took our hovercraft out the other day on Geist Lake, which is totally frozen over, and it was a complete blast! I love how much easier the craft skims across the ice than the water.”…

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The Butler Group Co., Ltd.

Phuket, Thailand


Commercial Hovercraft

“Your product is FUN!!! It is a joy to drive (ride) it … Wind and water current add to the complexity of telling the craft where you want it to go. But the reverse thrust system is "God's gift" for light hovercraft. It is amazing how much more control this system gives the pilot. What a pleasure to drive it.”…

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Igor Ivanov

Vladivostok, Russia

Email: manta@mail.primorye.ru


Recreational Hovercraft

“I am very pleased with my hovercraft. I have altered the forward seat and made it rigid. I have strengthened the back seat. The design of the hovercraft is very much liked. I have other remarks to make in the future but for the present, my hovercraft is simply amazing!”…

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Christy Hovercraft

Neoteric Hovercraft Dealer

Russian Federation

Email: info@christyhovercraft.ru


Commercial / Rescue / Recreational / Military Hovercraft

“Our products aroused great interest among the higher ranks of EMERCON (Chief Department of the Russian Emergency Services Ministry) … Neoteric hovercraft are extremely mobile, amphibious, have a low-profile design, good ergonomics and low maintenance - all beneficial attributes for emergency work.”…

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Nigel

Isle of Sheppey, UK

Email: nigel@bnml.net


Recreational Hovercraft

“I think a hovercraft would be really great on all these mudflats, much better than a boat. The tide's always out you see, and you'd never get a chance to use a boat, whilst a hovercraft … One day with Chris Fitzgerald and his team had me hooked – after a couple of hours on the Wabash river, I placed an order for a Hovertrek deluxe with the Hirth fuel injected engine.”…

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Viking Adventures Norway

Evjemoen, Norway


Commercial Hovercraft

Overjoyed, Geschaftsfuhrung Mario Juric hugs his hovercraft shortly after unpacking. Next comes preparation to install the machinery module…

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Winous Point Marsh Conservancy

Point Clinton, Ohio USA


Commercial Hovercraft

The Winous Point Shooting Club is a part of the Winous Point Marsh Conservancy on the shores of Lake Erie in Point Clinton, Ohio and is the oldest duck hunting club in America. Their hovercraft is used to transport hunters over water, mud, sand and thin ice to suitable hunting spots…

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Craftima Oy

Neoteric Hovercraft Dealer

Vantaa, Finland

Email: markku.huvinen@craftima.com


Recreational / Commercial / Rescue Hovercraft

The kit-built recreational, commercial and rescue hovercraft utilized by Craftima Oy customers in Finland operate successfully in extremely adverse conditions…

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Shay and Leonard Hoffman

Texas USA

Email: captian_leonard@hotmail.com


Recreational Hovercraft

Learning to master accelerating through hump drag is an important part of the certified pilot training (land, water and classroom) Neoteric offers its customers – free with purchase at our Terre Haute location…

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Don Williams

Piney Flats, Tennessee, USA


Recreational Hovercraft

“The assembly was a little more than I anticipated. It's like anything else; once completed it was really not that hard to do. It just required a lot of planning and following the manual.”…

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Recreational hovercraft kit project

Aki Kaisla

Espoo, Finland


Recreational Hovercraft

Among many other activities, Aki Kaisla uses his kit-built Neoteric hovercraft to easily fly across thin ice and water to explore the frozen Sea of Finland…

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Art Rosacker

Florida USA

Email: rosie526@bellsouth.net


Recreational Hovercraft

Art Rosacker and his friend and neighbor, “Les Boss”, report that they thoroughly enjoyed the construction of Art’s hovercraft from the kit. Art keeps his hovercraft stored on his yacht.…

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Don Abernathy

Texas USA


Recreational Hovercraft

“I had the opportunity to sit in on one of Chris’ training sessions and was truly impressed with the lesson plan and information. His communication skills are great for both technical and non-technical students. I am very glad that I had the opportunity to meet the folks there and experience the professionalism at the facility.”…

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