Heath Parasol on floats


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Jan 27, 2022
Alicudi, Italy
Hi! While I was doing some researches about the heath parasol I found out a race(?) one that was provided with floats
It looks like a regular parasol with very boxy looking floats, I've done some researches and found out that the one in this photo had a "standard" heath-henderson engine with 27hp,
It's really possible to take off with this little horsepowers? I know that overral the parasol is kinda light but I think that 27hp aren't enough to take off from water since the friction between the surface of the floats and the water is very high, am I right?
This is the page of the article that talks about the parasol, I'm kinda new to aviation and I'm trying to learn as much as possible about seaplanes, so I may be wrong and the hp are more than enough...