Colonial - C-2 Skimmer PDF Print E-mail

G.R. Hamilton's C-2 Skimmer. Photograph from G.R. Hamilton's 'Flying Boats for Recreation', used with permission.


Source: G.R. Hamilton
Engine: Lycoming O-360A1A
Hp. and RPM: 180 HP at 2,700 RPM
Propeller: Hartzell forged dural, Two blade, Constant speed
Crew/Passengers: 1/3
Gross Weight: 2,350 pounds
Empty Weight: 1,525 pounds
Useful Load: 825 pounds
Wing Span: 34 feet
Wing Area: 157 square feet
Length: 23 feet, 6 inches
Height: 8 feet, 10 inches
Wing Loading: 15 lbs per sq. foot
Fuel Capacity: 40 gallons
1996 average FMV: $22,000


Source: G.R. Hamilton
Takeoff (land): 650 feet
Takeoff (water): 1,125 feet
Landing (land): 475 feet
Landing (water): 600 feet
Max Cruise (sea level): 130 mph
75% Cruise: 125 mph
Stall: 52 mph
Rate of Climb: 800 fpm
Cruising Range: 500 miles
Fuel Consumption: 9 gph
Optimum Cruise Altitude: 6,000 feet
Service Ceiling: 14,000 feet


All specifications were provided by G.R. Hamilton and have not been verified by SPA.

The following is an excerpt from the late G.R. Hamilton's book, Flying Boats for Recreation. Republished with permission, copyright 1997 G.R. Hamilton, all rights reserved. Special thanks to G.R. Hamilton.

Colonial, and subsequently Lake, decided to improve the three place Colonial C-1 Skimmer into a four place amphibian. It was powered with one of the most reliable and efficient aircraft engines available, the Lycoming O-360 A1A of 180 horsepower. The result became available in 1958 and it was called the Colonial C-2 Skimmer. It retained the exposed nose wheel of the earlier Skimmers that acted a bumper for docks. Important hull strength improvements were made in 1959 and it was called the Tach IV. The LA-4P (for Prototype) was similar to the C-2 and Tach IV and it flew in 1959. The LA-4A was a C-2 with four more feet added to the wing. Wing tip extension kits were available later for the C-2 Skimmer. They helped the Skimmers perform more like the Lakes.