hovercraft highly regulated environment to work properly. For example, a working hovercraft land classified as off-road.
above the water, the vehicle shall be considered to have a boat.
most of the vehicle must be insured (whether as a boat or an off-road vehicle, or both). Here we will briefly with these three questions.
Generally, off-road vehicles can not be operated public roads. In some communities, certain regulations apply to ATVs.
on the ATV operating restrictions and equipment requirements also apply to hovercraft depending on local laws. It may be necessary after the close headlights (and sometimes tail lights) operation of public roads (or dark).
There may be plate or other licensing requirements. In order to make sure to check the "Motor Vehicles" and "Parks and Recreation" classes at that location.
Water Operation a sea operation, hovercraft typically must be registered as a boat. Must comply with US Coast Guard regulations for boating:
- of lifejacket should be board every passenger craft available.
- The cushion should quite positive buoyancy to remain afloat even if it becomes totally swamped.
- Night lighting equipment is required, craft operating at night or more than a mile from shore during the day closed waterways (bays, rivers, etc.) [1945901million]
- The open roads night lighting is required, regardless of the distance from the coast.
- of approved fire are on board.
- Fuel system requirements engine and fuel tank (s) must be fulfilled.
- of Hull Identification Number (HIN) to apparently in place.
- Based on Maximum Weight must be displayed sight craft.
Because the board layout engine (s), and other electrical equipment, air, safe nutrition standards are regulations not is generally used hovercraft. Note: will also find "functional surface effect vehicles" in the "privileged" category.
For more information on the Coast Guard Coast Guard website.
insurance is a major issue for the operation of any motorized vehicle. It is not recommended that in the absence of a hovercraft (or any car) because they only represent the interests of their own coverage.
is extremely difficult to find insurance policies specifically covering hovercraft. Insurance companies consider the accident and injury statistics for hovercraft inaccurate and unreliable. There are also very few hovercraft around (compared to cars), so most insurance policies do not provide may not be very profitable for them.
To insure a hovercraft, you will be able to obtain marine insurance (for boats) or off-road vehicle insurance (ATV). It is not advisable that the two (for financial reasons) unless you use your craft in both environments. Currently, it is generally accepted to ensure the hovercraft as either a boat or ATV (but even this has its difficulties).
There are drawbacks insurance operation only after land or water. For example, if the air cushion is provided only as a marine vehicle, so as to transport the water before it. Operation of Vehicle sea floor is not covered by standard boat insurance.
If the cushion is provided as the ATV, it does not cover maritime operations for the most part (even if the vehicle is equipped with marine capabilities). The purpose of a hovercraft is defeated if you can not take advantage of the full capabilities of the craft.
Maybe it by providing a hovercraft as a boat under the home owner's policy. It is usually cheaper than a separate policy, using only the vehicle. Also consider that while you could provide the craft and ATV, hovercraft are legally classified as boats.
hovercrafting As a relatively new recreational activity, there is no regulatory body governing hovercraft. For the most part, self-regulated air Hoverclub of America.
In many ways, the order Hoverclub of America self-sufficient regulations to prevent a legislative body that know very little about hovercraft. We are constantly updating their standards to remain current on these issues.
For more information about hovercraft regulations, visit the American Hoverclub site or write directly.