In­flat­able ferry car­ries five tons

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - PHO­TOS: HOV­ER­CRAFT

Slove­nia-based Hov­er­craft has an­nounced an in­flat­able Fer­ry­boat, which it says can be used for ev­ery­thing from flood res­cue to trans­port­ing five tons of con­struc­tion equip­ment, pro­duce and an­i­mals. Prices start at just un­der R90 000, which in­cludes alu­minum ramps to al­low load­ing the ferry from just about any firm sur­face, an elec­tric pump that in­flates the boat in min­utes, a 3,7 kW elec­tric out­board mo­tor that is good for four knots and a so­lar cell to load the boat’s bat­tery. Hov­er­craft said the ferry has a five-cen­time­tre draft, is ba­si­cally un­sink­able and will not tip, and expects to start ship­ping the Fer­ry­boat some­time next year. Inset: The Fer­ry­boat be­fore it is in­flated.

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