Regulars will know that as well as a ship-nut, I’m quite a big Hovercraft fan.
Do fellow Brits remember the big car carrying Hovercraft (SRN4’s) that operated form Ramsgate in the 1969 to 1981, crossing to France? They also operated from Dover until 2000.
These were incredibly impressive machines, with later versions carrying up to 60 cars and 415 passengers.
My first time on the SRN4 was when I was a child in 1971. We travelled to Calais on a rather rough day. Unfortunately were allocated seats at the bow and the craft slapped down on every wave. The noise and vibration was also quite high – but I still loved it!