# Picking a Plane

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#### Doran Jaffas

##### Well-Known Member
Picking a Plane has got to be the most difficult decision in the world. Airplanes are like Motorcycles, seems like you need more than 1 to do different things in different Situation.

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#### flienlow

##### Active Member
Murphy is NOT out of business!
You can consider a Rebel also, as it has been made as a 3-seater. But a used Super Rebel or Moose is the heavy hauler. Always wanted one but fuel burn is out of what I am comfortable with since I mainly fly solo.

As much as you 'think' you will be flying with your family, that number is generally much much lower. I had similar dreams as you when I started flying 34+ years ago. My 172 has taken me all over the lower 48 but most of the time, I was solo. Can't beat a 172 for reliability, cheapness to own and fly. I also have a Small STOL type for my 'fun' flying, it's a RANS S7. Working on finishing a Murphy Rebel also. When it is flying, I will be selling and gong to owning one airplane.

As someone mentioned about insurance, it's generally 3 times the cost of a similar certified plane. My liability and hull for the 172 is $500, The Rans is exactly 3 times that! I've checked on maule insurance in the past. WIth little to no Maule time, but with nearly 400TW time it was still extremely high. Same for anything on floats. I have 300+/- float hours and if you want to get a shock, check floatplane insurance. Murphy- No answers to call/Emails/and their facebook is dead. I thought they went out of business. I just got quoted$11,800 for a Maule. That shuts that game down. Now, I don't know what to get. Nothing seems to make sense right now. Nothing is available, or if it is, it is not really what I want.

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#### CBHurricane

##### Active Member
Similar to the Murphy Rebel SD/Yukon/Moose, have you looked at the Dream Tundra? Can build it as a tricycle gear or tailwheel which should help with insurance, built with hard points for floats as well I believe. DreamAircraft Tundra
Their email response and website does have something to be desired though.