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    Default sea plane kit for a C-180

    Anybody know anything about putting a sea plane mod in a C-180 ? All I've ever heard is that its cost prohibited and hard to find a mechanic to d the job. Thanks Tom

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    There used to be a guy in Homer that did it. That was a long time ago. If I was looking to do it I'd call Seaplanes West.

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    They newer the 180 the more complicated it gets.
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    Tom,
    Never done one personally, but heard it's pretty cost prohibitive as well. The lower door sill doublers were like $400 ea when I bought them for my project. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Labor would be the killer. Not necessarily technical, but very time consuming IMO.
    A friend was quoted 10k a couple years ago if that gives you some idea.

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    My Brother-in-law had this done about five years ago. $10K is around what it cost then. It was done in Anchorage. He has a newer 180.

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    Tom,

    Before I got the 180B with float and ski capability I did some research on this myself. I was directed by A&Ps and other owners to buy a plane that had that capability from the factory.

    Yep the cost is probably more then $10k.

    Hey, if your not already aware, whoop over to the skywagons forum. There's tons of info there on Skywagons..Tons...

    Good luck with it.

    Rick

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    Default thanks guys

    just as I thought, better to sell this one and get one ready to go if I want to fly floats bad enough. Think I'll just play with the big tires for a few years. Tom

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    Then again ... If you have an c-180 that has not been beat to death with years of float landings and hard ski landings, you have a great place to start. I added a float kit to my 56 about 1992 and it was not cheap, I think about 7 or 8K. I have yet to put the airplane on floats but I am glad I did it, the plane was a lot tighter, more solid. Dennis Haines did the kit to cessna specs which was absolutely important, I do not know if Dennis is still doing this kind of work but my experience was very good.

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