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REF NR: 340

Hovermarine was formed in 1965 and displayed at Hovershow '66. A licence for the use of HDL patented features was granted early 1967 with the prototype being completed in January 1968. In late 1967, Hovermarine took over the Hovercat developed by the Manx Hovercat company.

The first HM-2 sidewall craft was operated by Seaspeed in 1968 between Ryde Pier Head and Portsmouth Harbour.


The factory was situated at Woolston, Southampton where the Hovermarine 2 and Hovercat hovercraft were produced. In February 1969, the Hovermarine workshop was damaged by fire.