RKittine wrote:Your pictures are never boring Glenn and I would be happy to be able to fly and have a 75 year old ratty Seaplane. Maybe in my next life depending on what I come back as.
RKittine wrote:Great photo, but it looks like you are caught burning the evidence!
cubdriver2 wrote:Greenville used to have a pile of old car tires behind the hangar that you could throw under the heels. That picture of me and the brand new CC on the first pair of carbon fiber floats is interesting. I landed first and pulled my tails up on the rocks. The guy in the CC had a float rating from years ago and no real world experience. And it had been flown in from Aerocet the night before as they had just finished installing the floats so that you could be on display on the ramp at Greenville. After I landed I kept him out in the water till I found some tree branches to stick under his floats so that they wouldn't get scratched. If you look at the picture you can see that finding wood was not easy, I found the last piece at the bottom of the back pond and had to dive to retrieve it.
If it's calm and no waves gently pulling your heels up on the rocks if they are round and not sharp is ok. But if the waves are breaking you need to hold the plane at bay while trying to clear the sharp rocks out of the way first. Then get it on the heels and find something to cushion it. I was always going to carry some rubber ( welcome ) door mats to throw down but I can't carry the extra weight sometimes. Plus my 1320s were built in 1946 and I think were built tougher then the ones built today. In 900 hrs I haven't put a hole in them " yet ". If you fly Maine, NH or Adirondacks rocks are every where and you need to know where they are before landing. A good trick I learned is while checking out a landing spot that has rocks I take an aerial picture with my phone so I can refresh my memory 2 hrs later when I take off.
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