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    Seaplane kit recommendation?

    Hello,

    I'm new here and I need suggestions/info’s/experiences with some latest Seaplane kit available on the market.

    My first choice was the Aerocat but since the price list get out, I change my mind for a smaller and cheaper solution.

    Those models come to my attention:

    - Super Petrel / Sea star with a Rotax 912 100hp
    - Glass Goose with a Lycoming 320

    Any suggestions/info’s/experiences/kit for you knows about?


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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wakesurfboy View Post
    Hello,

    I'm new here and I need suggestions/info’s/experiences with some latest Seaplane kit available on the market.

    My first choice was the Aerocat but since the price list get out, I change my mind for a smaller and cheaper solution.

    Those models come to my attention:

    - Super Petrel / Sea star with a Rotax 912 100hp
    - Glass Goose with a Lycoming 320

    Any suggestions/info’s/experiences/kit for you knows about?
    Do you have the websites for those listed? I'm looking for info too.

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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    Are you only interested in kits? By going the plans built route you have alot more options.

    Volmer VJ-22
    Coot
    Osprey II
    Kingfisher

    Just to name a few. I personally am starting on a VJ-22

    skeeter

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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    Hope this doesnt sound like a silly question but... the VJ22 uses Champ wings. Do you get the wings from a scrapped Champ, or do the plans let you manufacture them?

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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    Either one is an option. Detailed plans to build the wings do come with the plan set or if you can find them use Champ wings to save building time. I'm just now starting to build the ribs for mine.

    skeeter

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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    Another kit to look at is the Searey. Owners LOVE this plane.
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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    I really like the searay myself, except for it being too ultralighty like.

    skeeter

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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    You should look at the new SeaRey LSX. It not ultralighty any more.
    www.searey.com click on photos tab.

    Seaplane kit recommendation?-searey-lsx-water.jpg
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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    Have you thought about the Aventura II sport, its a quick build simple kit thats a 33,400 with the engine and you can land on water.

    If you want to know more about this aircraft and also the 582 rotax go to:

    Aventura II | Google Groups

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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    Just came back from the PIMA air museum in Tucson, AZ where they have an Osprey II on display in the main hanger. That is one very clean design for a seaplane that is worth considering if you decide to bump it up a bit...
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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kookaburra View Post
    Have you thought about the Aventura II sport, its a quick build simple kit thats a 33,400 with the engine and you can land on water.

    If you want to know more about this aircraft and also the 582 rotax go to:

    Aventura II | Google Groups
    That is a nice plane!

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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    In the March 2010 EAA Sport Aviation, there is an article about the Spencer Air Car, which is the wood/composite predecessor to the Republic SeaBee, also designed by Percy Spencer. It is plans-build only, and quite a beast. Doug Palmer (builder of the article's subject) powered his with a 285hp Continental Tiara 6-285-C2.

    EAA Photo Gallery

    Contact info from the article:
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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    I hope this does not happen to your kit.
    Seaplane in fatal Lake Jindabyne crash

    Seaplane in fatal Lake Jindabyne crash - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Could our Aussie mates please keep us up to date on the results of the investigation?

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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    I've always admired the Mermaid / M6: M6 by Wetaero, inc. - Home Page

    I'm always a bit disappointed to see vortex generators pop up on a design as it suggests that the original aerodynamic design was flawed.

    The Glass Goose has these too: Glass Goose Amphibian Aircraft by Quikkit

    The Super Petrel has been my favourite amphibian for several years now. I'm just waiting for that lottery money...

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    Re: Seaplane kit recommendation?

    The seaplane kit includes all laser cut 6 mm depron foam, carbon fiber spars, pushrods and control horns, motor mount and detailed construction guide on CD. these all are very helpful kit in seaplane.

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