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    Probably will leave the 185 on floats through the winter. Where can I buy those large blocks of styrofoam to slip under the tails of the floats.

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    We use wood around here.
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    Western Insulfoam on Whitney Road down by the port. For my years on floats I just parked it with the keels on firm ground and propped the tails up with a piece of scrap 2x4 or 2x6. Never a problem. If the ground is soft place a piece of lumber or plywood scrap under the keel strip.

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    I like to get a bunch of friends to help flip mine over on really tall saw-horses. They stay drained and in is easier to work on the bottoms.

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    I'll bet that's hard to do with a plane attached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Pid View Post
    I'll bet that's hard to do with a plane attached.

    Not knowing how to fly a plane, I'll bet I could do it very easily!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Pid View Post
    I'll bet that's hard to do with a plane attached.
    You just need the right speed as you approach the shoreline and you should be fine. Best part..... no need for sawhorses since the plane itself should hold them up in the air....

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    ​I've seen that tried a couple times, once with a female instructor in the back seat of a 65-hp Champ. For some reason, pilots don't seem pleased with the aircraft's position after that maneuver . . . . . But it's an interesting technique.

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    I said I was leaving it on floats


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    That being said if I do put her back on the gear it would be a good time to have the nasty things painted.


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    I've dry docked float planes more winters than I have fingers and thumbs to count and I've never owned a styrofoam block. Float planes ride through windstorms better than wheel planes but they sure are a pain to sweep snow off of. Pros and cons.

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