Over time, the builders of ships and aircraft developed all-terrain-vehicles that ran on the air cushioned principle, so they were truly amphibious. Personal hovercraft further developed in the 1960s and the 1970s, when gas turbines and technology taken from airlines augmented their designs. The 1980s gave way to a fuel crisis, which resulted in a less than optimal cost (and price) for the personal hovercraft. Another issue was the level of technology and materials available for construction. Strong and lightweight materials were simply not used for this type of activity.
By the time the year 2000 rolled around, the patents attached to personal hovercrafts had faded. Now, anyone and everyone who had enough money but not necessarily an incredible lot, wanted to know where to buy a personal hovercraft , or in some cases build their own. Since then, they have been more popular than ever; we are witnessing, in other words, their rebirth. These vehicles are exciting and fun, which is a major factor for youth with the means to pay for such leisure activities, not to mention that safety has become top priority.
There are different reasons why one can use such a vehicle for fun or for luxury. The more obvious reason is exploration. With your own hover transport, you can access new locations you wouldn't otherwise have had access to or that you would have had access to, but at a more expensive rate. These locations include the desert, the lakes, the swamps, mud, grasslands, prairies, savannahs, and rivers, whether frozen or otherwise. Thus, you can use a small air cushioned craft to explore these new locations at an affordable cost. You can explore all the nooks and crannies you wouldn't have the time or energy to do by foot.
You can also use them in places which are normally difficult to access because you would have to keep your switching mode of transport. For example, they're ideal for hopping between islands. You don't have to worry about taking a boat, then walking, then taking another boat, then taking a small plane. They are also ideal for exploring the tundra. Exploring the tundra (such as in northern Canada) is normally quite difficult - you have to take a boat or small flight to get there, then resort to traveling with off-road vehicles and dog sleds once you've arrived. But with a small hovercraft, you can just use the vehicle to fly over the terrain. You don't even need to worry about injuring the poor dogs from exhaustion.
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