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Ski/Sea Plane Operations

do you leave your amphib in the water all year?
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I will be away from July 1 to 10 with no access to the Internet or Email or Voice Mail. Yes, I know, that's very cool. Chill out all. Take a break from being plugged in and go into the woods. Arnold Villeneuve
 

I havent heard of anyone leaving an amphib in the water for any length of time. Corrosion, dirty floats, water seeping into compartments are just a few of the problems. 
The huge advantage of amphibs is the ability to keep it out of the water. 

Dan

 
Water gets in floats from many ways such as rain seeping in through the tops,or pump out holes.Older floats do leak from the poundings they have taken - even sweat on the inside of aluminum floats builds up.I was taught to check the floats before every departure,just in case.
As for whether to leave in the water or not - send an email to the float manufacturer & ask them if they have any info on long term storage on the water.
I had a friend that left his 2790's(on a 180) in the lake all summer & because of the bearing type & acidity of the lake he went through a few bearings,changed to chrome bearings,greased bearings more often & then finally made a ramp at the cottage to taxi out of the water when not flying.

Daryl
 
I don't even have a sea plane rating, however, when I was shopping for a 185 I found several that had undergone "extensive renovations", but only after having been left too long tied to a dock. Where they sank.

And, everytime I get into, or out of, someone's seaplane, they always pump out the floats. If floats are water tight, why all the pumping and why is a pump standard equipment?

Finally, even my boating friends take their boats out of the water.

Just saying....

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> i have a client who plans to keep his c18x/aerocet amphib moored/docked in a northwestern usa freshwater lake year round. my simple boeing engineer mind logic says, "don't do that", for several reasons (boiling down to safety and maint cost). i have three no votes and one yes do it vote from people whose opinion i regard. the one yes vote surprised me. does anybody here keep an amphib in the water for months at a time or year round? if so, please explain why it's not an issue. if you want to rant about why not to, have at it.
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i have a client who plans to keep his c18x/aerocet amphib moored/docked in a northwestern usa freshwater lake year round. my simple boeing engineer mind logic says, "don't do that", for several reasons (boiling down to safety and maint cost). i have three no votes and one yes do it vote from people whose opinion i regard. the one yes vote surprised me. does anybody here keep an amphib in the water for months at a time or year round? if so, please explain why it's not an issue. if you want to rant about why not to, have at it. 

curious in seattle

austin watson, cfi
 
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