UNH Hovercats Ocean Engineering Final Report

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Students Involved:

Mike Borrelli University of New Hampshire
Jeff Brode University of New Hampshire
Chad Greenlaw University of New Hampshire
Brendan Whalen University of New Hampshire

Faculty Advisors:

M. Robinson Swift UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
May-Win Thein UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering

This Light Hovercraft product is being targeted for recreational vehicle enthusiasts looking for a safe, fun and efficient way to explore the outdoors. Initially, one prototype will be built, with the intentions of mass producing the project after successfully completing rigorous testing. Following product testing, the prototype will be showcased at the Hover Club of America's annual Hover Rally in June 2006. The hovercraft design will be based around the following principle: a vehicle capable of traveling on all types of terrain while remaining maneuverable, compact, affordable and easy to maintain. The optimal speeds for the hovercraft are 40 mph on land and 50 mph on water. The craft must be capable of carrying two occupants and will be designed to operate with a maximum payload of 450 lbs. To race our prototype at the HCA's Hover Rally, the engine size must be restricted to 500ccs. Operator safety will be considered first and foremost in all design decisions. This report outlines the hull design, fabrication and testing.


Available from the National Sea Grant Library (use NHU number to search) or NH Sea Grant


  • UNH Hovercats ocean engineering final report (2006). Mike Borrelli, Jeff Brode, Chad Greenlaw and Brendan Whalen. Advisor: M. Robinson Swift.