Hovermarine: The Rise and Fall of a Pioneer in the High Speed Marine Market
This is the story of a company based in Southampton, England, which over a period of fifteen years grew from two people to more than a thousand. With extremely limited backing, it successfully competed with British, Russian, Italian and US enterprises that enjoyed far superior resources.
Working almost entirely in export markets, it manufactured and sold more than a hundred high speed craft to thirty-six different countries, with a present-day sales value of more than £350 million ($500 million US dollars).
Its success was born from technical capabilities, a highly skilled and motivated workforce, immeasurable enthusiasm, and an absolute refusal to accept defeat. Ultimately, and sadly, its demise lay in a clash of cultures and the emergence of new technologies.
Includes numerous color photographs!
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