To try to clarify my thoughts, I went to Suffolk.|
There, I visited Flo-Ridaz (<http://www.flo-ridaz.co.uk>) to see what it was
like to drive a Hovercraft, and took Owen and Ian along as well. The
experience was an entertaining one, and while I'm still not entirely convinced
of the practicality of a hovercraft, I do know that they're a lot of fun.
Hovercraft, having no wheels or keel, can only change their direction of travel
by thrusting. Thus, I had expected driving one to resemble playing something
like Xpilot or Asteroids. I was wrong, because it a hovercraft you can only
turn the craft (and hence change the direction of thrust) by thrusting as well.
I got to drive two Flying Fish hovercraft, a Snapper and a Marlin II. The
Snapper was easy to drive and felt very much at home zooming around a small
field. The Marlin, despite being only slightly heavier and more powerful, was
much more of a handful, and I managed to make enough of a mess of one corner in
it to fall off the edge of the track into a ploughed field. On the other hand,
it felt like a much more capable craft, one which wouldn't let one down in the
middle of, say, the Wash.
Ian and I took quite a lot of pictures. Even after vigorous editing, there are
still far to many of them here: