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    Ramp from shore to water?

    Our seaplane fly in is held at a grassy beach that is about 8" above the water level. I was thinking about making a shallow ramp with that fake grass fabric over plywood to go from the beach to the water so that I can taxi my seamaster into and out of the water and onto the beach. I was wondering if anybody has ever tried something like this and if there are any pointers you all might have.

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    RE: Ramp from shore to water?

    You might want to make the ramp out of backer board, it is a concrete board use behind tub and shower enclosures. It then will not float away so you can extend it well into the water and may be used again. I would not try standing on it as that would most likely break it
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    RE: Ramp from shore to water?

    at Florida Float Flyers, We waited for the end of the dry season, when the pond was at it lowest, then scooped out a ramp in the bank.  We can gently ease a plane into the water. 
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    RE: Ramp from shore to water?

    Although digging a ramp would work well, we fly at a state park so I don't think digging will be a possibility. I was thinking of just a piece of plywood with that outdoor turf fabric stuff attatched to it. I would leave extra fabric hanging off the bank edge so that I could anchor it with a few tent stakes. With over 50% of the board out of the water, it should sink to the bottom or float below the water surface a few inches. It is shallow water so it will probably just sit on the bottom. I could attatch a piece of scrap steel to the bottom edge to keep it sunk to the bottom. I just think it would be cool to taxi into the water from the grass and then taxi back out of the water when I am done.

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    RE: Ramp from shore to water?

    here are a couple of photos of the full size making the transition from land to water, on Loch Earn in Scotland. The aircraft is a Husky.
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    RE: Ramp from shore to water?

    My dad used to have a piece of plywood with carpet on top hanging off our dock, worked great.

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    RE: Ramp from shore to water?

    I wonder HOW well it will taxi on the outdoor turf ???? It's not the same as grass . ENJOY !!! RED

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    RE: Ramp from shore to water?

    It runs around on my 4" tall grass lawn really good. I would presume that the green turf fabric would be a lot less resistance. It is a twin engine seamaster and mows the grass really well.


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