People have been racing small hovercraft and making kits at home or school for many years now, and over the last ten years, great improvements have been made to improve on safety and performance to make leisure hovercraft ownership a viable alternative to personal water craft or boating.
To race hovercraft, you need a lightweight craft; hovercraft like helicopters are weight dependent. Though lightweight craft travel fast, they lack stability and durability, so any obstacles in your path - mind that tree! - can ruin your day.
Leisure hovercraft tend to be slower but far more durable than race models - any vessel design for on-water use, has to consider safety as a main objective. Salt water corrodes, so leisure hovercraft need marine grade stainless steel parts to last and stand up to the rigors of leisure user ownership.
For further information, please visit www.hovpod.com and www.leisurehovercraft.com/