Hey guys... just wanted to pop in and say thanks again for everybody who's responded with helpful insights. I really appreciate you guys taking the time to share your knowledge and learnings. Work's really busy right now and I'm just finishing up my annual inspection so I haven't had a good opportunity to respond to some of the things you guys have posted. I've gotten a couple of very insightful PM's and I plan to get back to you guys as soon as I have a couple minutes to respond.
Bonanza man... thanks for the link to that V35 for sale. That is a very attractive plane, good avionics, great range (104gal HOLY COW), and 175kts. Made me reconsider my decision for a second, but alas I'm still thinking the Cessna is probably the right plane for me. We fly from our home airport of 9D9 in the lower peninsula to 6Y9 in the upper peninsula many times a year and that trip always involves crossing the big lake. We usually cross over Beaver Island at altitude to try and maintain the ability to glide back to land in the event of an engine out, but it's not always possible. The thought of trying to get 2 kids out of car seats and 4 people out of the single door in a Bo in the event of a water landing isn't quite as nice as having the second door. I am curious about the V-tail though, how does it handle cross wind landings. It's hard to wrap my brain around what's going on with that tail aerodynamically.