ISTR hearing that part of the original spec for the Beaver, after the dHC folk had consulted lots of bush operators about the shortcomings of various prewar designs, was
'when taildown on wheels or skis, or level on floats, the (lower) lip of the main door should be close enough to the ground/dock that a fully grown husky can jump in without needing to be lifted'
.. and I've seen it done
[and, obviously, the float struts should be strong enough that a standard komatik (or canoe) can be strapped to them and safely flown
The Beaver was so 'right first time' that the production version differed from the prototype only by the addition of an extra rear window. The prototype, after test flying, went on to >40 years' commercial service unmodified. It is now in the (excellent) Museum at Rockcliffe in Ottawa.
(mere guide at) Jet Age Museum, Gloucestershire Airporthttp://www.jetagemuseum.org/
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