About the Aircraft
We operate a highly modified Cessna A185F. For those who understand pilot jargon- there are eleven STC's including IO550 engine, STOL, wing extensions and FAA approved- super extended tail cone surfboard compartment. Everything about the plane is configured to comfortably run in tropical- salt water conditions.
The seating arrangement can be quickly transformed to accommodate full 6 place seating or a combination of 3 or 4 seats, plus surfboards and fun gear. Surfboards of up to 8 ft can fit inside the cabin- fins must be out on boards over 7'6". Board bags are acceptable for airport-hotel transfers, but not recommended on seaplane surf trips.
Here is a cut-away diagram to show a couple of the possible cockpit seating arrangements:
Range and Weight Limits
As with all aircraft there is a manufacturers gross weight limit. This is the amount of weight the craft can carry into the air. A certain amount of that weight is the fuel required for a given distance of flight. Consequently the total available payload decreases as the distance increases.
A 650 pound payload within a flight radius of 60 nautical miles. This would all of the Nicoya Peninsula. Or in the case of cross country travel far to the south, a 500 pound payload at a 190 nm radius.