1976 Cessna A185F Amphibious
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Cessna 185 with Wipline 3000 Floats

Wipline 2100 Line DrawingWhether on hard surface runways, grass strips or your favorite river or lake, the Wipline 3000 float gives you the best of both worlds. A fluted bottom skin with sister keels, or "Speed rails", assures excellent performance in a wide range of water conditions. The largest baggage hatch in the business is standard in both floats (25 3/4 x 12 inches with 9.5 cubic feet storage space). The aluminum skins and parts are laser cut and rivet holes are pre-punched so that replacement parts are a perfect fit. The main keel has a removable wear strip for ease of maintenance. The latest technology enabled us to build the 3000 float to be both ultra light and still north-country rugged.

Cessna 185 E, A185E, A185F

PDF Model 3000 Parts Manual for Cessna 185

PDF Model 3000 &3450 Service Manual


Wipline 3000 Specifications

Specifications for the Cessna 185 / 3000 Float
DIMENSIONS (external)
Length -- including extended nose gear and extended water rudder 6.3 m / 20'8"
Length -- nose to step 2.84 m / 9'4"
Height -- hull 0.74 m / 2'5"
Width -- hull 0.81 m / 2'8" Draw
Draw Depth 0.51 m / 20"
Amphibian System Total Weight 278 kg / 632 lbs
Amphibian Exchange Weight* 219 kg / 483 lbs
Seaplane System Total Weight 198 kg / 432 lbs
Seaplane Exchange Weight* 128 kg / 282 lbs
Standard Empty Weight** 1,025 kg / 2,260 lbs
Gross Weight 1,519 kg / 3,350 lbs
Standard Useful Load** 499 kg / 1,100 lbs
Float Locker Capacity 22.7 kg / 50 lbs

*Exchange=Float Installation weight minus aircraft landing gear weight.

** Standard weights will vary by aircraft.

Main (single) 6.00 x 6-8 ply
Nose 10 x 3.5-4 ply
Located on firewall
Amphibious (100%) 3,125 lbs. -- (80%)*** 3,472 lbs.
Seaplane (100%) 3,301 lbs. -- (80%)* **3,668 lbs.
***Maximum aircraft gross weight with 80% reserve buoyancy (2 floats) as per TSO-C27.


Perfomance for the Cessna 185 / 3000 Float
All performance maneuvers performed with aircraft at gross (3100 lbs.) on amphibious floats.
ENGINE IO-520 (300 HP)
Cruise Speed (75%) 129 KIAS
Take off run (land) 231 m / 760 ft.
Take off over 50 ft. obstacle (land) 404 m / 1,325 ft.
Take off run (water) 343 m / 1,125 ft.
Take off over 50 ft. obstacle (water) 521 m / 1,710 ft.
Rate of climb 290 m/min / 950 ft/min
Landing Roll Land 174 m / 570 ft
Landing Roll Water 236 m / 775 ft
All performance data is estimated and will vary with individual airplanes and numerous factors affecting flight performance.

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Wipline 3000 Pricing

Please Note: 2014 Price changes will go into effect March 15, 2014. All products quoted on or after March 15 will be at 2014 prices.

Aircraft Floats & Rigging Installation
Amphibious Seaplane    Amphibious Seaplane
Cessna A185E, F $76,700 $41,000 $8,700 $5,700


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  1. All amphibious floats include landing gear advisory system.
  2. Float rigging and FAA STC paperwork included.
  3. Call for discount details if the aircraft has seaplane modifications previously installed.
  4. Product installation assumes standard factory aircraft. Non-standard aircraft may be subject to additional installation charges
  5. Float paint option:
    • Overall base color to match aircraft is included.
    • Two trim colors and a standard stripe scheme to match scheme of aircraft is included.
    • Custom striping scheme or complex paint scheme (inboard and bottom of floats): please call for pricing and lead time.
    • Paint information and paint scheme will be requested at the time of deposit.  If paint colors are not provided, we will match colors to the best of our ability, but will not guarantee 100% match or a definite delivery date.
    • Customer choice of polyurethane or silver-gray submersion paint is included.  There is no paint warranty for polyurethane painted floats stored in water for extended periods.
  6. Models 180 and 185 prices assume airframe is equipped with a factory installed float kit and appropriate seaplane propeller is provided.
  7. Models 182 P, Q, R, S and T include extensive airframe and firewall modifications including hoist rings, “V” brace, ventral fin, wide cord rudder, extended tail stinger and Hartzell three-blade seaplane/landplane propeller.
  8. Maule installation price includes ventral fin (Maule P/N 9014) and Wipline clamp-on rear fuselage fittings.
  9. Cessna model 182: Factory installed WX500 Antenna repositioning and skin mapping - $1,900.00.
Prices in U.S. dollars, FOB St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, and are subject to change without notice. Prices do not include taxes, duties or tariffs. They also may vary if custom work is required or requested.

Effective for floats quoted after March 15, 2014.