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    Does anyone out there have any experience with the Aqua 3190's? Looking to put a decent pair on my 185 for a couple of seasons, then maybe something more expensive. There isn't too much information on them to be had. I saw where a couple of guys in Canada mentioned that they had a tendency to dig in the water on landing. Not much more than that. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    Does anyone out there have any experience with the Aqua 3190's? Looking to put a decent pair on my 185 for a couple of seasons, then maybe something more expensive. There isn't too much information on them to be had. I saw where a couple of guys in Canada mentioned that they had a tendency to dig in the water on landing. Not much more than that. Thank you.
    ​Since they will add a few pounds to your C-185, are you sure they're big enough?

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    What did you end up doing? They weigh about the same as the EDO 2960s and supposedly they made two types of 3190s.
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    I bought the floats, refurbished them, and used them all last season. According to the Aqua folks, I believe they were built in 1966, or in that area. Although I had nothing to compare them to, they definitely did the job, at all weights. They had two small, pesky leaks, one on each side, which I got tired of pumping out. So I bit the bullet and ordered a set of Aerocet's for this year. With some bottom work, they would be a great set of floats.

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    Is there any truth to the rumor that they tend to dig-into the water on the nose-end. ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    Is there any truth to the rumor that they tend to dig-into the water on the nose-end. ??
    If these are the models with the concave keels and individual water rudders, yes they do. I watched that happen at Lake Hood several years ago during an exhibition by a sales rep some years ago.

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    Like I said, I really had nothing to compare them to. I was always conscious of that, so never had a problem. But the few reviews I could find on them definitely mentioned that tendency.

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