Slightly off subject. Does anybody have any photo's of the hovercraft that did joy rides at Southport in the early to mid seventies. I remember my father taking me and other family members on it. It was only small and boy did you feel every wave. One of the most startling things I remember was water seeping in at the front as the waves crashed over its bow.
Having crossed the channel by just about every concievable means-including Bristol freighter and Superfreighter but excluding hot air balloon-I would highly rate the late hovercraft service. On completion of our journey the "pilot" announced "Beat the tunnel train yet again!"
The journey was rather like a trip over the cobbles and the spray meant you saw little through the windows but it sure zipped along.
My most comfortable crossing-not counting air travel which is always superior-was the Hull to Zebrugge(not strictly Channel)-this service run by P&O is truly luxurious with much bigger and more comfortable boats and an overnight crossing with a decent night's sleep.Just used to set you up well for the dash to the South as the motorways are easily accessed from Zeebruge.
It has the added advantage of avoiding the deep south and the miserable ruturn journey from Dover. Costly but the life is short and shrouds have no pockets so I am told.LOL
I am surprised we have never had a hovercraft service Liverpool to IOM.