We’ve wanted to build a larger hovercraft for a long time, so we’ve spoken with many hobbyists and sportsmen in the area and come up with a design that we think will be a true “multirole” hovercraft… A hovercraft that can be easily reconfigured for fishing, hunting, hauling gear, commercial work, or simply cruising on the rivers and backwaters up and down the coast. After speaking with lots of local sportsmen, we settled on 3 objectives for this craft:
1. Versatility of a huge, “walk anywhere” open deck that can be easily configured for any application
2. Payload capacity to carry 3-4 people and gear
3. The control and flexibility of a twin engine craft while remaining extremely quiet
Due to its size, we’re calling it the Titan Hovercraft, and we’re very excited to get the prototype running and see what it can do. You can literally walk or mount gear anywhere on the craft, including the spacious passenger cabin or the nose of the craft. The craft is 17 ft long x 7 ft wide (so it’s easily towable), and has a massive 84 square feet of usable floor space. The floor space can be left completely open for utility purposes or fitted with seating for up to four. Coolers and other gear can be strapped down to D rings anywhere on the deck. And the extended windshield/utility frame up front features fishing rod holders and LED light bars.
We’re also excited about having twin engines, giving completely independent control over lift and thrust. Traditionally, this would mean a very noisy craft, but the Titan features a completely enclosed lift engine/fan, and a thrust engine turning a large propeller slowly, which we expect to result in very quiet cruising. Stay tuned for decibel readings soon!
February 24, 2017
There’s been lots of recent progress on the Titan! We finished mounting the lift engine and skirt, and conducted the first hover test. The Titan lifted off smoothly and hovers at only 1540 rpm! Check out a few new pictures and a quick video of the first hover test.
January 18, 2017
Construction of the first Titan is moving very quickly because we’re using many of Phoenix components that we’ve refined for years. The Titan features our 5th generation belt reduction drive on the thrust engine, using a composite propeller and Gates Poly Chain belt. And the Titan uses 3 of the Phoenix molded rudders.
Stay tuned for construction updates, and if you have questions about the Titan, don’t hesitate to contact us!