19XR-IC Hovercraft - Features

Slope Gradient
The slope of a surface expressed as a percentage of change in elevation per unit of distance traveled. Example: 10% grade = 10 feet of increased elevation over a 100 foot distance. The 19XR can traverse 20% to 35% grade depending on the configuration of the craft.

Surface capability
Useful for transportation over nearly any surface including; salt or fresh water of any depth, sand, mud, mangrove, rapids, floods, grass, swamp, desert, ice, and snow.

Sea state
25-30 mph winds. 1-2 foot chop. 3-6 foot waves.
Beaufort scale 5; Moderate waves, taking a more pronounced long form; many white horses and some spray.
The 19XR's length, low center of gravity, high rise bow and AcuPlow™ hull make it the most stable hovercraft rescue platform available today.


Handlebar controls turn four vertical rudders set behind the thrust propeller. A self locking lever controls the horizontal trim wing (this helps balance the craft). Left twist grip throttles the lift engine. Right twist grip throttles the thrust engine. Both have friction lock knobs.
Hovercraft Controls

19XR Rescue is built from a composite blend of urethane foam and fiberglass rendering the craft unsinkable. Foam fills every available cavity in the hull providing more than 3,300 lbs of positive flotation.
Hovercraft Flotation

80 amp engine driven alternator. Two 12V gel cell batteries (no possibility of leakage) power all onboard systems. Four 12V power outlets are available for additional equipment.

Tachometer, Air Speed Indicator, Water Temp, Oil Pressure, Fuel level, Voltage, Hour Meter, level gauge and 6 inch Compass.
Hovercraft Instrumentation

9 gallon aluminum tank supplies both engines with 87-91 octane fuel.
Hovercraft Fuel

Thrust engine
Two options are available; both engines are 4-stroke and electric start. The base model is equipped with a 35 hp, twin cylinder, air cooled, carbureted engine. The upgraded 130 hp model is a twin cylinder, liquid cooled, turbocharged, fuel injected engine. Upgraded engine increases speed, payload and rough water capability.Hovercraft Thrust systems

Thrust propeller
2-blade low noise propeller manufactured by Universal
Hovercraft. A composite wood-carbon structure gives the propeller long life, resistance to wear and the ability to ingest rocks, ice and other debris without seriously damaging the blades.Hovercraft Thrust systems

Lift engine
4-stroke, 16 hp, air cooled, carbureted engine with electric start. Smooth running, low maintenance, good fuel efficiency and high reliability.
Hovercraft Lift systems

Lift fan
8-blade, 26 inch, low noise lift fan with spinner. Good airflow and slow turning, precision shaped blades give this fan the ability to perform in the toughest environments.
Hovercraft Lift systems

Skirt system
Bag type skirt. Made from vinyl coated nylon. Bag skirts are more stable, agile and easier to repair than their segmented skirt counterpart. Bag skirts also increase rough water capability.

Landing skids
When the 19XR is at rest or stopping, landing skids will contact the surface. These skids are made from a composite blend of Kevlar and PVC foam. This blend is resistant to wear and can be replaced as necessary.

Emergency stopping can be achieved two ways. Reducing lift engine rpm will increase the drag resulting in an effective brake. Dumping the lift fan (dropping throttle from "cruise" to "off") will cause a rapid deceleration over most surfaces. Our AcuPlow™ hull allows the pilot to accurately control braking over water.

AcuPlow™ system
Highly effective hull shape developed by Universal Hovercraft. Our hydro-dynamically shaped hull aerates and detaches water as it passes under the craft. This hull shape offers features including braking, high speed stopping, emergency braking and plowing.

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