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Today’s Top Pick is a 2006 Seawind 3000

The Seawind series of amphibian aircraft dates back to the late 1970s when aircraft designers, engineers, and experimenters were discovering the impressive properties of composite construction. Composites offered a range of options for kit makers and the homebuilt community. The materials were also well-suited for amphibian aircraft. The kit-built Seawind 3000 is powered by a 300 hp Lycoming IO-540 engine while the earlier 2000 model packed a 200 hp Lycoming IO-360. A number have been converted to turbine power. 

Engine placement can be a challenge with single-engine amphibians. A number of designs, from the Republic Seabee to the Lake Buccaneer, have mounted the engine and propeller in a pusher configuration, sitting atop the wing or on a pylon. The Seawind is a notable departure from tradition, with its engine and prop facing forward and blended into a large vertical fin. Proponents of this layout say it has advantages, including a reduction in cabin noise.   

This Seawind 3000 was built by Plane Makers, a company based in Sarasota, Florida, whose services include assisting aircraft builders with construction and repairs. It has 335 hours on the airframe, IO-540 engine, and composite propeller. The Panel includes a G3X multifunction display, GNX 375 transponder, GPS, ADS-B, autopilot, and more.

Pilots looking for a unique seaplane with four seats and more speed than typical floatplanes should consider this 2006 Seawind 3000, which is available for $219,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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