The Hovertoon™ combines features of a hovercraft and pontoon boat by a patented (#US 8,418,638 B2 April 16, 2013) design that rotates the pontoons outward to deploy a hovercraft skirt. When in hovercraft mode, it uses hydraulic powered lift fans with belt driven ducted fans for propulsion. When in pontoon mode diverts the hydraulics to an out-drive unit. The result is an environmentally friendly way for recreational boaters to operate in shallow or weed infested water. The design provides for more surface area and load carrying capacity, lower profile, and more stability over traditional hovercraft yet provides the cruise and maneuverability of a pontoon in navigable waters. With the cooling self-contained, winter use over frozen or partially frozen lakes and rivers is possible.
Customer Definition: Their Needs – Hovertoon Solution
The Hovertoon™ can maneuver in weed infested lakes or sandbar riddled rivers that restrict the operation of conventional outdrive watercraft. Waterfront owners with unusable shoreline would now have access to deeper water and be ecologically friendly by not disturbing shallow areas thus eliminating the need for piers as the craft could be parked on shore. Use over ice or water makes it suited for rescue operations. When the pontoons are retracted, the width of the craft is that of a standard pontoon making it easy to trailer. It can be unloaded in a parking lot and driven down a boat ramp or down a shoreline into a lake or river.
For a pontoon manufacturer or hovercraft manufacturer looking for a crossover product to expand their business, Hovertoon™ offers the ability to utilize components already in the manufacturer’s arsenal making a hovercraft, Hovertoon, and pontoon manufacturing a possible business growth strategy.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation “WEDC” has certified Hovertoon, LLC as a Wisconsin Qualified New Business Venture “QNBV” under Chapter 238 of the Wisconsin Statutes. As such, Hovertoon, LLC investors are eligible for maximum tax credits of $50,000 (25%) on a maximum investment of $200,000 during the certification period of July 3, 2017 through March 31,2018. Renewed by WEDC through March 31, 2020. WEDC does not endorse the quality of the management or the potential for earnings of the Recipient. Furthermore, the use of the phrase “certified” and/or “qualified new business venture” is not a recommendation or endorsement of the investment or the company by WEDC.
Licensing of the product is also available.
Contact: Richard D. Schramer
426 Van Horn Road
Berlin, Wisconsin USA 54923
Email : Dick.Schramer@hovertoon.com
Hovertoon U.S. Patent Link: Patent #US 8,418,638,B2
Proof of Concept Radio Controlled model pictures:
12/25/2010 RC Prototype
Full Scale test bed was constructed to test the lift System and Skirt Design followed by a prototype:
PDF files with pictures:
02/14/2017 Lift System Development Pictures
02/04/2017 Skirt System Development Pictures
10/11/2017 Front Lift Fan Cage and Fencing mock-up
12/08/2017 Rear Thrust Cage and Rear Fencing mock-up
Videos on YouTube channel “Dick Schramer”:
07/24/2017 5000 Pound Load Test
12/02/2017 Fencing Build
06/24/2018 Thrust Motor and Fan Build
09/21/2019 Prototype Second Water Test after Skirt Mods
10/10/2019 Prototype testing with passengers
10/20/2019 Prototype 10-mile trip on the Fox River
12/10/2019 Hovertoon Patent Basics
02/03/2020 Hovertoon Prototype on Snow
02/22/2020 Hovertoon First Ice Run
05/23/2020 Hovertoon Second 10-Mile Trip
AutoCAD drawings of the various views:
Centrifugal Lift Fan Kits available, contact vial email at Dick.Schramer@hovertoon.com for pricing and delivery, or custom sizes.
Berlin Journal Feature Section Article – April 6th, 2017
GreenLaker Feature Article – August 27th, 2019
Hoverclub of America Hovernews Article – Sept-Oct Issue 2018