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    Default Plane shopping again

    First day without a plane in many years. So I am back plane shopping.
    There was a C-180 I really liked but it sold before I could snatch it up...
    The wife keeps dropping less than subtle hints that I should use my plane money for one of
    her schemes. Plus other comments like,,,," Well you can drink a beer now, its' not like you have a plane to fly anymore."
    It has only been 24 hours...
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    It's gonna be a very long winter for you and your evil wife!

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    Yes dinner was a very cold affair tonight.
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    Keep those prioritys straight...... remember you can sleep in your airplane but you can't fly your house.
    Lol Words of wisdom, Loyd. Words of wisdom

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    I have heard her called "the other woman", "*****", etc...

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    Still plane shopping.. A couple 180s I liked sold before I could look at them. A bunch of 180s I inspected were pretty beat.
    I have not seen any Maule M-6 or M-7s for sale... I did look over a Sedan that I sorta like...
    There are a few really nice WHEELS only planes out there.... Sometimes being a float plane type pilot bites you in the butt.
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    Start looking down south. Usually you can get one so much cheaper there, the ticket down and flight up is more than saved.
    People in Alaska think their **** is worth it's weight in gold.

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    Yeap,,, I gotta do something....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    Yeap,,, I gotta do something....
    I've toyed with the thought of buying a faster plane, but my 182 is a decent compromise most people who have asked about it were a little wary of its fuel injection, only problem is the tailwheel is in the wrong place. Now I'm browsing trade a plane....

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    Alex...I too find myself without an airplane after 40 years of flying my own airplanes...It has been a major adjustment, but I'm getting used to it. I don't miss running into Seldovia to check tiedowns during windstorrms, sweeping snow and ice, preheating, paying $6 for a gallon of fuel, etc. etc. In fact, I'm kind of liking jumping into one of Smokey Bay's planes with a pilot not much older than my grandson at the controls. I still find myself looking at Alaskas List at new plane listing...but I think that will slowly end and relieve any temptation to get another plane. Good luck in your search.

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    The lower 48 search is a gamble. I have done it a few times with not much success. It will cost you at least $5,000 not including your time to go look and buy one. And if it is not the one, guess what. Another trip and more money to keep looking.
    Also, sellers think they have you on the hook more because you just spent all that time and money to come look at their airplane.
    Keep at it, you will find something.

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    Yeap, my last three planes came from out of State. Idaho, Arizona and Nevada. The last one was brought up by somebody else a couple months before I bought it. The big thing for me is not having a IA who is known to me in the other States. I have been lucky so far...
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    Alex, have you looked at Pacers?
    I had one years ago, 160 horse with all the mods. Pretty darn good bush plane for the money and as I recall they have a sizeable usefull load.
    On floats for instruction it may be handy.

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    I think the PA-20s come out as a two person plane on floats. I will have to double check the W&B info. I have been doing the two person teaching thing for a long time and it cost me money by not being able to take along a third person every now and then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I think the PA-20s come out as a two person plane on floats. I will have to double check the W&B info. I have been doing the two person teaching thing for a long time and it cost me money by not being able to take along a third person every now and then.
    Sounds like you want a 180 or a Maule. I can't think of anything smaller that isn't a 2 seater in reality on floats.

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    I think that an older C-180 with a float kit or maybe a long wing Maule M6-235 or M7-235 would be it. The insurance for the 180 is less. The M6-235 gets out of the water a little faster. The C-180 is taller insides and easier to climb into the front seats.
    There are 180s all over the place, Maules not so much. 180 Floats are half the price of Maule floats. I have flown both...
    If I was doing gravel bar landings on wheels, I would go for a Maule. On floats the 180 is ahead on the list. Especially since the price on Maules has jumped up for no good reason.
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    Or a float modified C-182.... The insurance is less for some bizarre reason. But they are super hard to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    Or a float modified C-182.... The insurance is less for some bizarre reason. But they are super hard to find.
    Because the insurance companies look at the nosewheel that isn't there and figure you won't ground loop it.
    A tailwheel PA22 has cheaper insurance than a PA20 also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    Or a float modified C-182....
    How practical is buying in Canada?

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    Not so much... I have been researching the Canadian plane route. If there is some oddball Canadian Only mod or stc that is not US approved, then the whole thing comes to screeching halt.

    There is a plane in Michigan I like but the sellers will not answer e-mails, texts or phone calls.
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