Explorer 24 Specifications

Dimensions Dimensions: 24’ X 11’ (6.7m X 3.4m) cushion, 227ft2 (18.9m2) Length over all: 26’ (7.9m).  Cockpit space 153” X 76” (388cm x 193cm). Height: 8’ 6” (2.59m) off cushion. Cushion depth or hard clearance: 16.5” (41.9cm). Note: craft automatically folds down to  8.5’ (2.6m) for trailering.
Payload 10-12 adults or 2200 lbs (1000 kg) payload, includes people, fuel and gear.
Empty weight 2200 lbs (1000 kg).
Speed 47 mph (75 kph) maximum on water in flat calm conditions, 32mph (51.5 kph) cruise
Fuel use  3.4 gallons (12.9 liters)/hour at cruise.
Maximum Wave Height 4 feet (1.2m), sea state 4 to 5
Hull material Resin infused composite laminate of structural marine foam, glass fiber, carbon reinforcement and epoxy vinyl ester resin. Three sealed compartments, front and rear provide 3000 lbs (1363kg) of flotation. No wood is used in the construction of the craft.
Engines Steyr marine, 144 hp (107 kw), 4 cylinder, 2.1L, diesel powered, turbo charged, inter-cooled.
Drive system The lift fan and propeller are driven by Gates poly chain carbon belts with stainless and aluminum pulleys via a flexible coupling from the engine.
Thrust propeller 84” (213cm), 3 bladed quick adjustable pitch composite propeller.
Lift fan 34” 12 bladed adjustable pitch nylon fan.
Skirt System Multi-compartment skirt, with fore and aft partitions. Large diameter bag type skirt on sides and rear.
Skirt material 35/23 oz/yd Urethane approx. 1,500 to 2,000 hour life. A feature not found on any other hovercraft!
Brakes The brakes, controlled by the operator, reduce the pressure of the forward compartment allowing for smooth slowing, stopping and turning.
Noise Levels 82 dBA measured at 50 feet (15.2m) over grass, full power.  78 dBA measured at 50 feet (15.2m) over grass, cruise setting. The large diameter propeller reduces noise far below common hovercraft by making efficient use of power.