What Makes Renegade the Best?
Every aspect of the Renegade has been highly engineered and tested to bring you the absolute best performing, maintenance free and user friendly hovercraft available anywhere in the world. More than 12 years of engineering, design, development and testing have been invested in the craft you see today.
4-Stroke Power is a must have! Renegade uses a V-Twin, fuel injected engine. Renegade Premium Kit and Renegade IQ use aN AIR cooled V-Twin, fuel injected engines. Most small pleasure hovercrafts are powered by noisy, fuel gulping 2-stroke engines. Our 4-stroke engines offer low noise, dependability and fuel efficiency.
Replaceable landing skids: most manufactured hovercraft do not have landing skids. When their craft is stopped on land or rough terrain the bottom of the craft takes all of the abuse. Over time the bottom must be repaired. Renegades replaceable landing skids combined with the Kevlar hull eliminates the need for costly repairs.
Don’t be fooled by manufacturers suggesting that HDPE or fiberglass-matt is the best construction material for a hovercraft. It’s not! It may bring down the manufactured cost and increase production – the compromise is performance, durability and reliability. We take our lead from the extremely successful leasure marine and aircraft industries. A proper hovercraft design always considers the finished weight and strength of the vehicle. The craft must perform well and have excellent impact resistance. Renegade IQ hulls are constructed of a virtually indestructible Kevlar & foam core sandwich. All other components and panels are high strength Carbon Fiber. The combination of these materials results in the best performing, lowest maintenance and easiest to operate hovercraft ever developed.
Why buy Renegade?
Simply put, handmade excellence. The Renegade is in a class of its own. It’s the only hovercraft designed with the end user in mind. Every detail of the hovercraft from its impact resistant Kevlar hull to its highly fuel efficient 4-stroke engine is engineered to bring the operator and its passengers the most enjoyment possible. The Renegade has virtually no competition in its class. It’s like the Maserati of hovercraft; elegant, useful and high performance. Every craft is handmade and tailor fit to each individual owners requirements. The manufacturer, Universal Hovercraft is famed throughout the world for the exclusivity of its custom hovercraft and the passion with which they are built.
Why we don't use fiberglass or HDPE
Fiberglass is the construction method being used by most manufacturers today and has been used since the early 1940’s. Fiberglass is an adequate building material for boats and other equipment where weight and strength are not a critical factor. It’s still being used today because of the cost effectiveness of the material. Products can be produced quickly and high profit margins achieved. The downside is that when the material is used in hovercraft construction it must be applied very thin to make the part lightweight. Hovercrafts do not work well when they are heavy. Thin laminations of fiberglass are fragile, easily damaged and can be expensive to repair.
HDPE (High Density Polyethylene):
This is a thermal controlled composite used by some manufactures to rapidly produce hovercraft hulls, bodies and component covers. This method does greatly reduce the cost of manufacturing as the pieces can be quickly formed. The material is strong, impact resistant and buoyant. Hovercrafts made from this material are attractive because they are relatively inexpensive. The drawback with this material is that it is heavy and the colors available are dull. Weight is the biggest issue. Hovercrafts must be lightweight to perform well. Heavy hovercraft require more maintenance, burn more fuel and are difficult to drive.
Kevlar & Carbon Fiber:
We use a combination of carbon fiber, Kevlar and high density foam called Divinycell to create an incredibly strong and lightweight skin. Kevlar is used for impact resistance, carbon fiber is used for its high strength and light weight and the Divinycell is used as a core to dramatically increase the strength this combination of materials provides. This construction method is used on high end aircraft, boats and exotic cars. While it is a more expensive construction method than fiberglass and HDPE, the finished product speaks for itself. We achieve more performance with less energy than any other manufacturer. Additionally because of the lighter footprint, our craft are easy to drive and require less maintenance.
Roll the throttle open and the Renegade surges to life. Feel the powerful thrust as it accelerates you on a cushion of air from that secluded beach into rolling ocean waters.
Hovercraft should be easy to operate, fun to drive and simple to maintain. Renegade is designed around the driver. Smooth, comfortable controls keep you in complete control.
Advanced industrial engines, composites and material coatings give Renegade an unfair advantage over the competition. Our hovercraft are built to last in fresh water and salt water.
Uncompromising in Design & Quality
Renegade hovercraft are manufactured with the newest most high performance materials available today. Its 4-stroke engine and aircraft style superstructure make the craft user friendly, simple to drive and quieter than any other manufactured hovercraft. Renegade hovercraft are manufactured for recreational, commercial operations and patrol. Our advanced technology 2 passenger hovercraft was designed with the operator in mind. Simple controls steer the rudders, elevators and a finger trigger controls the throttle. Operators can be trained in as little as 10 minutes.
Easy to operate
Our advanced technology 2 passenger hovercraft was designed with the operator in mind. Simple controls steer the rudders, elevators and a finger trigger controls the throttle. Operators can be trained in as little as 10 minutes.
Nothing in it's class can compare
The all new Renegade IQ is designed to be the most reliable and efficient hovercraft in the world. Its carbon & Kevlar components are stronger and lighter than HDPE or fiberglass being used by other manufacturers.
Your NEW Yacht Tender
Renegade hovercraft makes a perfect shore tender for any Yacht. Weighing in at 330 lbs., the Renegade is lighter than most jet skis and inflatables. It can be hovered onto the rear deck or lifted by crane and placed in storage.
The 4-stroke engine delivers fuel efficient and completely reliable power to the state of the art AeroDrive system.
Take a look at our different hovercraft models and select one that is right for you. Choose from our base model our our Renegade IQ which includes ALL options.Turnkey Hovercraft
Looking to build a hovercraft yourself? We have many options and kit configurations to get you into a Renegade hovercraft that you assemble yourself.Hovercraft Kits