Seaplane Preparation / Part 1 of 5

Image

My original reason for building an airplane was to someday have it on floats. The construction plans do not provide any information specific for a float conversion so I had to research this myself. ¬†During the early fuselage construction phase I visited with Larry Bauer who built a superb experimental seaplane pictured above. ¬†Larry’s airplane is very similar to mine and uses the same Clamar amphibious floats that I would like to use someday. My visit with Larry was very useful in understanding how the floats are attached, rigged and controlled and in the next four posts I will describe the early airframe modifications that will later be used for transforming my taildragger to an amphibious seaplane.