The AP1-88 class of hovercraft was developed jointly by British manufacturer Hoverwork, the British Hovercraft Corporation and the National Research Development Council from 1981.
I have been on this vessel a number of times over the years sailing to Southsea on the mainland or back to Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
The vessel has a length of 21.5m with a 10.06m beam and a landed height of 8.90m. Powered by twin MTU V12 water cooled diesels (800hp, 597 kV) driving 2.755m diameter propellers she has a top speed of 60 knots.
In total she can carry 100 passengers.
Operated by Hovertravel she crosses the Solent in less than 10 minutes. The company operates two hovercrafts and has carried more than 26 million passengers since it opened in 1965, it is the world's longest-running commercial hovercraft service and is the only scheduled hovercraft passenger service in Europe.
MMSI - 235007472
REG - UK
IMO - N/A
Call Sign - MLMJ9
Yard No. -
L 21.5m W 10.06m
GT - 75
Year - 1990
Ryde, 26 October 2014