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Hovercraft is an R&D company that specializes in producing innovative  inflatable structures made with double-walled CSM, rubber and PVC
Hovercraft is an R&D company that specializes in producing innovative  inflatable structures made with double-walled CSM, rubber and PVC
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Hovercraft’s Ferryboat comes in three different sizes for different needs
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Hovercraft’s Ferryboat comes in three different sizes for different needs
Propelled by your choice of jet ski or outboard motor, the Ferryboat is far more spacious, durable and can carry heavier loads
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Propelled by your choice of jet ski or outboard motor, the Ferryboat is far more spacious, durable and can carry heavier loads
The EcoCraft is a floating platform designed to take it slow on calm waters, and drink in your surroundings
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The EcoCraft is a floating platform designed to take it slow on calm waters, and drink in your surroundings
The large U-shaped layout has room for 15 people to lounge around a central table
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The large U-shaped layout has room for 15 people to lounge around a central table
The EcoCraft is a floating platform designed to take it slow on calm waters, and drink in your surroundings
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The EcoCraft is a floating platform designed to take it slow on calm waters, and drink in your surroundings
Hovercraft d.o.o. offers R&D and OEM manufacturing in Slovenia
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Hovercraft d.o.o. offers R&D and OEM manufacturing in Slovenia
Hovercraft is an R&D company that specializes in producing inflatable structures made with double-walled CSM, rubber and PVC
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Hovercraft is an R&D company that specializes in producing inflatable structures made with double-walled CSM, rubber and PVC
Hovercraft is an R&D company that specializes in producing innovative  inflatable structures made with double-walled CSM, rubber and PVC
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Hovercraft is an R&D company that specializes in producing innovative  inflatable structures made with double-walled CSM, rubber and PVC
Made of a double-wall fabric, the AirDrive inflatable four-wheel drive vehicle is about as all-terrain as they come
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Made of a double-wall fabric, the AirDrive inflatable four-wheel drive vehicle is about as all-terrain as they come
The AllCart can drive and drift on sand, snow, rocks and the surface of the water
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The AllCart can drive and drift on sand, snow, rocks and the surface of the water
AllCart is basically an amphibious go-cart with inflatable wheels
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AllCart is basically an amphibious go-cart with inflatable wheels
Each Yachtbeach module measures 4 x 2 m (13.1 x 6.6 ft) 
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Each Yachtbeach module measures 4 x 2 m (13.1 x 6.6 ft) 
Low, wide and flat, each Yachtbeach module measures 4 x 2 m (13.1 x 6.6 ft) and is topped with a solid, removable surface that makes them perfect as temporary jetties or places to lounge about
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Low, wide and flat, each Yachtbeach module measures 4 x 2 m (13.1 x 6.6 ft) and is topped with a solid, removable surface that makes them perfect as temporary jetties or places to lounge about
YachtBeach is a series of modular, inflatable, floating platforms that link together with zippers
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YachtBeach is a series of modular, inflatable, floating platforms that link together with zippers
YachtBeach is a series of modular, inflatable, floating platforms that link together with zippers
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YachtBeach is a series of modular, inflatable, floating platforms that link together with zippers
Each Yachtbeach module measures 4 x 2 m and is topped with a solid, removable surface that makes them perfect as temporary jetties or places to lounge about
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Each Yachtbeach module measures 4 x 2 m and is topped with a solid, removable surface that makes them perfect as temporary jetties or places to lounge about
Propelled by your choice of jet ski or outboard motor, the Ferryboat is far more spacious, durable and can carry heavier loads
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Propelled by your choice of jet ski or outboard motor, the Ferryboat is far more spacious, durable and can carry heavier loads
Hovercraft’s Ferryboat comes in three different sizes for different needs
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Hovercraft’s Ferryboat comes in three different sizes for different needs
Hovercraft’s Jet-boat lets up to six people jump on board
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Hovercraft’s Jet-boat lets up to six people jump on board
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Playing in thewater wouldn't be the same without inflatables. But forget aboutyour little floating loungers or inflatable dinghies – Slovenianmanufacturer Hovercraft is breaking out some serious watercraft forjoyriding, exploring, working or relaxing. The R&D companyspecializes in producing inflatable structures made withdouble-walled CSM, rubber and PVC. To show off what it can do, here'sa look at some of Hovercraft's innovative water-going creations.

Jet-boat

Jet skis, bydesign, don't have much room for passengers or cargo, butHovercraft's Jet-boat lets up to six people jump on board. Thisrigid-hull inflatable boat attaches quickly and easily to the frontof any jet ski, making it perfect for a group cruise or even rescueoperations.

Hovercraft’s Jet-boat lets up to six people jump on board
Hovercraft’s Jet-boat lets up to six people jump on board

The Jet-boatweighs 30 kg (66 lb) and measures 350 cm (138 in) long, and foldsdown into a package small enough to stow away on a jet ski footrest.The basic Jet-boat package starts at just €2,000 (US$2,275).

Ferryboat+Jet

Got more thansix people tagging along, or looking to carry your car across thelake? The inflatable Ferryboat follows a similar design to theJet-boat but cranks it up to 11. Propelled by your choice of jet skior outboard motor, the Ferryboat is far more spacious, durable andcan carry heavier loads.

Hovercraft'sFerryboat comes in three different sizes for different needs. Thelargest, measuring 8 m long and 3.5 m wide (26.2 x 11.5 ft), cancarry up to 30 people or 5,000 kg (11,000 lb), but still folds rightdown into a roll measuring just 250 x 60 cm (98 x 24 in). The nextsize down measures 6 x 2.5 m (20 x 8.2 ft), and can carry 20 peopleor 2,000 kg (4,400 lb).

The largestmodel starts at €12,000 (US$13,640), while the second trims thingsdown to €9,000 ($10,230) and a third model, measuring 4 m (13 ft)long, starts at just €6,000 ($6,820).

Hovercraft d.o.o., Ferryboat+JET, LANDING CRAFT, work boat

EcoCraft

Not in a hurryto get anywhere? The EcoCraft is a floating platform designed to takeit slow on calm waters, and drink in your surroundings. Its largeU-shaped layout has room for 15 people to lounge around a centraltable, for a game of cards or a casual drink. Even better, thattabletop slides out to reveal a grill for when you get peckish!

The large U-shaped layout has room for 15 people to lounge around a central table
The large U-shaped layout has room for 15 people to lounge around a central table

The EcoCraft ispowered by an electric outboard motor that recharges through a solarpanel roof, and has GPS to guide you back to shore automatically. Itstarts at €5,000 ($5,680).

YachtBeach

With all theseinflatable craft floating around, you're going to need somewhere todock them. YachtBeach is a series of modular, inflatable, floatingplatforms that link together with zippers to form straight, H- orT-shape configurations.

Each Yachtbeach module measures 4 x 2 m and is topped with a solid, removable surface that makes them perfect as temporary jetties or places to lounge about
Each Yachtbeach module measures 4 x 2 m and is topped with a solid, removable surface that makes them perfect as temporary jetties or places to lounge about

Low, wide andflat, each module measures 4 x 2 m (13.1 x 6.6 ft) and is topped witha solid, removable surface that makes them perfect as temporaryjetties or places to lounge about. The base price is €2,500($2,840) per module.

AirDrive

Things get evenwilder when you look at some of the ideas Hovercraft is floating forthe future. The AirDrive concept study is a case in point. Made of adouble-wall fabric, this inflatable four-wheel drive vehicle is aboutas all-terrain as they come, handling road, rocks, sand, mud, ice andsnow with ease.

But the realkicker? The AirDrive is also amphibious, able to drive straight offthe boat ramp or beach into the water. The large wheels are ringed infins that push it through the water like a paddle steamer, and eachwheel is powered by its own electric motor. The vehicle is big enoughto seat a few people, and can be remotely driven like a drone. Andwhen you're all done, it deflates into a portable package for easytransport and storage.

Inflatable yacht platform, airBEACH and jet ski wave boat

AllCart

If you'reafter something a bit smaller and more maneuverable, the AllCart isbasically an amphibious go-cart with inflatable wheels. Like itsbigger cousin, the AllCart can drive and drift on sand, snow, rocksand the surface of the water. It's powered by a single electricmotor and a 4 kW power pack, giving it hours of battery time and aspeed limit that makes it safe for almost anyone to jump behind thewheel.

AllCart is basically an amphibious go-cart with inflatable wheels
AllCart is basically an amphibious go-cart with inflatable wheels

Also a conceptstudy at this stage, the AllCart is designed purely for fun, makingit the perfect vehicle for resorts or renting to tourists. Tocustomize it to a business, the craft can be ordered with differenttires and power packs, a protective cabin, and the choice of a steelor inflatable frame.

Hovercraftd.o.o. offers R&D and OEM manufacturing in Slovenia. To learnmore about purchasing, customization and partnership opportunitiesvisit the Hovercraft website.

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