Aurora

a 46 passenger 5 Tonne Payload Hovercraft with forward and reverse thrust

OVERVIEW

The Aurora features elegant design, ergonomic seating, impressive performance and seats 46 passengers in luxury. Need to do long trips? there’s a built-in HEAD (toilet) and a small room for a galley or storage. Powered by triple Mercedes 330hp turbo diesel engines.

CABIN

The cabin features a split-level design. The main cabin is spacious enough to seat 36 passengers, the upper cabin/cockpit area seats 10 passengers, the pilot & navigator.
Standard passenger seats recline & feature arm rests, table trays and magazine pockets.
The cabin aisle is 1.25 metres (49″) wide!

COCKPIT

The cockpit has a clean modern layout which is well appointed, with modern controls and instruments. The dash also features a 30cm colour LCD Radar/GPS screen, mounted directly in front of the pilot. There are 7.5 x 20cm colour LCD screens for engine monitoring, Centrally located in an overhead console.

INGRESS & EGRESS

Main entrance/exit is via a spacious stern door located between the propellers. This door folds out & down, which features built-in steps. Additionally, there is a “gull-wing” type door, one on each side of the main cabin. For loading/unloading from a dock or side by side another vessel.

LIFT FANS

Twin centrifugal lift fans, hydrostatically driven via the forward engine provide lift.
The lift fans can be slowed down or sped up during manoeuvring, independent of propeller speed.

PROPULSION

The propulsion propellers feature a fixed pitch prop with independent forward/reverse.
The propellers are hydrostatically driven. Eliminating shafts, belts, pulleys and bearings!

ENGINE

Mercedes 926 Engines x 3.
The engine rooms are accessible from within the craft.

MANOEUVRABILITY

Craft manoeuvrability is superior due to the combination of four independent control devices.
1. Rudders, provide steering
2. Elevators, provide fore & aft trim
3. “ABC” (active body roll control) system banks the craft into the turn (or can be used to check cross winds)
4. Propellers are used for slow speed manoeuvring, with forward/reverse thrust.

SKIRT SYSTEM

The skirt system is of “BAG, DIAPHRAGM & FINGER” type, which is dynamically stable under adverse conditions (weather or terrain related). With an impressive isolated obstacle clearance, of up to 1.2 metres. A smooth ride is ensured!

BODY DESIGN

This model features a “wide body” design. This design eliminates the large unusable side panels often found on similar sized Hovercraft.
This normally “wasted space” is utilised for cabin width, resulting in a luxurious, spacious cabin!

CONSTRUCTION

The body is a one piece fibreglass foam sandwich construction with a moulded gelcoat finish.
*major advantages of foam sandwich construction is superior thermal and acoustic properties with no joints or rivets to leak!

SPECIFICATIONS

​                                                       metric                imperial

 

DIMENSIONS

Craft Length                                  14.5 m                 47 ft. 6 in.

Craft Width                                    5.7 m                   18ft. 8 in.

Craft Height                                   3.5 m                  11 ft. 5 in.

Cabin Length                                 11 m                   36 ft.

Cabin Width                                   4.5 m                  14 ft. 8 in.

Cabin Height                                  2 m                     6 ft. 6 in.

Aisle Width                                     1.25 m                4 ft. 1 in.

Cushion Height                              1.2 m                  3 ft. 9 in.

WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES

Craft Weight, empty                      15,000 kg             33,069 lbs.

Craft Weight, fully loaded              21,500 kg            47,399 lbs.

Fuel Capacity                                3x 378 litres         3x 100 US gal.

Crew                                              3

Max. Passengers                          46

 

ENGINES

Type                                              3x Mercedes 926 (not tuned)

Configuration                                 6 cylinder

Power 330 HP @ 2,200 rpm         3x 246 kw             1,000 hp

Torque @ 1,800 rpm                     3x 1,152 Nm         3x 850 lb-ft.

Fuel Type                                      Diesel

 

PERFORMANCE

Max. Speed                                  111 km/h              65 knots

Cruise Speed                                74 km/h               40 knots

Max. Wave Height                         2 m                      6 ft. 6 in.

Max. Wind Speed                          46 km/h               25 knots

​Range @ cruise speed                 1,000 km              540 knots