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Taylor Coot


Coot A

Molt Taylor developed his Coot Amphibian from a World War II Marine assault glider design that featured the unique low “Float-wing” common to both Coot A and Coot B models. The former features a fiberglass hull, the latter a twin-boom tail. Both prototypes have been flying for a number of years. The Coot Floatwing design eliminates the need for tip floats for lateral stability, provides a “deck” to step on for hand-cranking the propeller, protects the engine and propeller from spray, and provides ground-cushion effect for shorter takeoffs. Taylor considers the optimum engine to be the Franklin 180-hp Sport Six, which permits a smooth-water takeoff at 1950 pounds gross in six to eight seconds from a standing start though power can be supplied by any engine from 150 to 220 hp with a controllable propeller. A deep-V hull design permits rougher water operations than possible with twin-float designs, and a low thrust-line offers optimum eleva-tor response for faster water liftoff. The Coot is a comfortable two-place ship with side-by-side seating and dual controls. The folding wings make road towing and home storage possible. With all his aircraft designs Molt Taylor em-phasizes that performance and specification figures are greatly dependent on such variables as engine size, fuel capacity, etc.


The first Coot-A flew in 1969. Two prototypes were built, Coot A with a single tail, and Coot B with twin tail booms. Sooper-Coot Model A was a series version of the former.
Sooper-Coot A N1070



The Sooper-Coot-A two place amphibian price in 1982 was $12,000 (Excludes engine and instruments). Units delivered to June 1982: 100.


Coot A


Over 400 reportedly were being constructed by home-builders by 1977 with various 100-180hp engines.


Engine: Franklin 335, 180hp
Wingspan: 36'0"
Length: 20'0"
Useful load: 850 lb
Max speed: 140 mph
Cruise speed: 130 mph
Stall: 56 mph
Seats: 2



Coot A
Engine: Franklin, 180 hp
HP range: 100-225
Construction: wood/fiberglass
Wingspan 36’-37’
Wing area: 180 sq.ft
Weight empty: 1450 lbs
Gross: 1950 lbs
Baggage 100 lb
Fuel capacity 24-50 USG
Height: 7 ft
Length: 22 ft
Seats: 2
Landing gear: retractable nose wheel
Speed max: 140 mph
Cruise 100-130 mph
Climb rate: 600-1250 fpm
Stall 45-50 mph
Takeoff run (land) 200-600 ft
Takeoff time (water) 10-12 seconds
Service ceiling: 15,000 ft
Range: 500 sm
Designed: 1967
First built: 1968

Gross weight: 1,950 lb
Empty weight: 1,250 lbs
Useful load: 700 lbs
Seats: 2


Coot A
Empty weight: 700 kg
Wing span: 11 m
Wing area: 14 sq.m
Fuel capacity: 151 lt
Engine: Lycoming/Continental
MAUW: 1043 kg
Seats: 2
Max speed: 190 kph
Cruise speed: 177 kph
Minimum speed: 97 kph
Climb rate: 5 m/s
Fuel consumption: 23 lt/hr
Plan price (1998): $205





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