Combination Hovercraft and Pontoon Boat
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, hydraulics power lift fans with belt driven ducted fans for propulsion. 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 needs 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 is 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, pontoon manufacturing a possible business growth strategy.
Licensing of the product is available.
Contact: Richard D. Schramer
426 Van Horn Road
Berlin, Wisconsin USA 54923
Email : Dick.Schramer@hovertoon.com
Hovertoon U.S. Patent Link:
Proof of Concept Radio Controlled model pictures:
Full Scale test bed was constructed to test the lift System and Skirt Design:
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