Hovercraft stuns onlookers and goes viral

The Sea Demon.
The Sea Demon.

JAMES Greenberger is no stranger to dropping jaws with his homemade hovercraft.

Originally from Darwin, videos of the hovercraft have attracted millions of views on Facebook via various news outlets.

After moving to Perth in September, he again caught the eye of social media when The Bell Tower Times posted a video from an onlooker at Deep Water Point in Mt Pleasant.

The High Wycombe resident and commercial pilot said he had plenty of people asking him about the hovercraft after spending six days towing it from Darwin to Perth.

“Because the videos went viral in Darwin it seemed like everywhere I went people would ask me about it,” he said.

“I went to several roadhouses and about 20 people stopped and asked me if it was the hovercraft from the videos.

My cousin added up all the views on Facebook across the sites and it was about 20 million.

“People are amazed when they see it can fly, most people are wondering what I’m doing when I rock up at a boat ramp.”

It took about Mr Greenberger about 12 months to build the hovercraft after starting the project in mid-2018.

The hovercraft can travel up to 117kmh and it has a 20L fuel tank, allowing for about an hour of travel time.

“The process of building was working out the logistics and working out how to source things at a reasonable cost,” he said.

“I built it from 2D design drawings and used timber, extruded polystyrene, marine plywood and fibreglass.”