first hovercraft was a Players No.6 built from plans I ordered out of a 60's hovercraft magazine. I built it mostly for fun and to see if "these
hovercraft things" really worked. I floated around the garage on the semi
assembled chassis with no skirt. Satisfied that it worked I then set about
disassembling it as I had no room for such a toy at my residence at the time.
When time and space allowed I purchased an MHV Spectra I which saw quite a bit
of action. Especially during the winter months when the ice was in. During the 70's we actually had
enough enthusiast in the area to warrant starting The Quinte Hovercraft Club.
In late 1974 I purchased a used CanaHover Hoverover.
The craft was in need of work but it was
not long before I had it up and
running. Unfortunately I only flew it a couple of times before a broken prop
caused severe damage and other interests left little time for the hovercraft. 15
years of sitting outside unused took it's toll on the craft and before long
repairing it was not feasible. It still makes it out on the bay each summer
though....the aluminum superstructure is now the frame of a swimming raft.
Today my hovercraft hobby has found new life in this Sealand
This site has been created to share it's story and document it's restoration.
This picture was taken on Charleston Lake
during our first real test of the craft after getting it back up and running.
The craft is currently undergoing a complete refit.
There has been no work done to the craft for some time now.
However just this past weekend
we loaded the craft on the trailer in preparation to send it out for fiberglass
work. The Hovercraft
spirit appears to be stirring again.