Pundy wrote:MTV, I've been quoted $11k for a Seaplanes West float kit installed in my 182. Do you think it would be more than that?
That sounds like a "maybe". Here's the link to Seaplanes West site: http://www.seaplaneswest.com/floatkits.html
And, yes, they do offer kits for early 182s. Aerocet floats are only approved on later model 182s.
They quote almost $10 K for the kit. Your folks are going to install it for a little over a thou??? I hope they're not paying retail for the kit....or are you talking to Seaplanes West themselves?
Again, do you have corrosion proofing in your fuselage and wing skins?? If not, float ops can be VERY conducive to corrosion.
As to ski ops: Can you operate on STRAIGHT skis? To the best of my knowledge, there are no approvals for retractable wheel skis on a 182, but there may be something out there. I don't think I'd want to put penetration skis on one, again, because of the nose gear and potential damage to the firewall.
Sometimes we try to make a particular airplane something it's not, and that is almost always expensive, and often frustrating. And, at the end of the day, you may still not have what you really want.
So, depending on what you REALLY want to be able to do....Do you REALLY need to operate on skis, and if so, can you deal with STRAIGHT skis? I'd say if you can live without operating on skis, I'd keep the plane you have and go with the Seaplanes West float conversion. BUT, get someone to do a corrosion treatment on that thing, and repeat regularly, or you'll end up with a very expensive pile of white powder.
Also, bear in mind that the Seaplanes West conversion only approves older EDO straight floats, 2870s or 2960s. The good news is those floats are readily available on the used market, and pretty reasonably priced. The bad news is there is no amphibious option. So, you'll have to keep the plane outside, on a lake in summer.
Lots to consider here, and most of the answers are really up to you.