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Old 21st Sep 2018, 09:49
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Going sailing

I'm embarrassed to have so few photos for show and tell, but my excuse is that I've been too busy flying. Seaplane rating in a Super Cub, can it get any better than that?
I'm obviously not much of a sailor, five tries before I managed to dock at a pier yesterday. Hum. I blame the wind.
Here we are in the middle of the lake at Biscarrosse. And outside the hangar, while I recover from pumping out the floats. It's astounding how much water finds its way in.
On the whole I think the best bit is taxi-ing on the step. Doing whole 360 turns, then back the other way. Amazing stuff.



Super Cub at Biscarrosse
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Old 21st Sep 2018, 11:14
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I thought you'd been a bit quiet lately! Great stuff.
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 13:31
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Well, I passed the check ride. Didn't fly as well as I could've, should have, would have, but I did well enough. SEP SEA. It was fun. And in a Cub.
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 14:16
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Congrats! (and at least as much envy!!)
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 15:42
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Piper flying amphibian floats

Thanks for the account and photos. Guessing floats would have a vent for air pressure equalization, but is there any other place on them that any amount of water can ordinarily enter?
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 17:25
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Excellent, another life ruined by exposure to the delights of float flying

You think "that was fun" but pretty soon you will be jonesing for another fix. As a former pusher...errrrr...I mean float plane instructor, I have seen what happens when you get a taste
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 20:02
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Dogsridewith (good name, that) I don't think there is a vent as such, but as there is always some water gets in, I guess the air gets out the same place.
Big pistons...yep, you could be right. I expect I will be back. Just what I need, another addiction.
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 22:11
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You're braver than me! - I won't fly in an amphibian, having gathered that the easiest way to kill yourself in a seaplane is to land on the water with the wheels down.

And to answer your question
can it get any better than that?
yes it can: solo a Beaver. But of course nobody has ever let me do that.
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