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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.
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