I have flown the Fiberfloat 2400 on the Maules quite a bit.
The reason for the oleo struts or later rubber donut struts is in place of cross brace wires.
There are no spreader bars or diagonal cross wires and the floats move just like Maule oleo gear. The reason for this is to soften the ride because of the inverted V hulls otherwise offering too rough a ride.
The inverted V causes water to be directed to the longitudinal center under the hull thus forming hydraulic pressure. The more you try to force the bows down, hydraulics stop them from submarineing.
Personally I liked the hydraulic/electric rudders very much as they can be used as water brakes by putting both down, or for trimming in flight, but it is important to raise them if backing onto the beach. If going forward they have a relief valve.
Maintainance is very important so you don't get one solenoid corroded.
They are tough and can be run onto a rocky beach, however they are heavier than aluminium.
Now for something different see this, or should it have it's own thread Zane.http://www.dump.com/2010/12/21/did-you- ... oft-video/