Piper PA32 vs Cessna 337

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  1. JCC

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    Both aircraft fit my mission, I need the space and useful load. However, I have never flown a 337 and all that are for sale are at considerable distance. Can any of you with experience offer up any advice? Thank you
     
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    JCC, an introduction would be a good way to start post 1 on POA...:rolleyes:
     
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    Welcome to POA! I think the PA-32 would be cheaper to own. Unless there are concerns about flying over terrain you just don't feel comfortable flying in single engines, and/or cruise speed differentials are inconsequential to your mission radius, I'd go with the Six. You don't specifcy which -32, as there are FG and retracts, hershey bar and semi tapered. And price points from the 260 powered all the way to the turbo retract saratoga.
     
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  5. JCC

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    Thank you so much for the input.

    The 337s are rather intriguing but the low prices did put up a red warning flag but I wanted some 2nd opinions thinking that the unusual looks might be the low price factor.

    My search journey went from Lance to Saratoga to finally thinking a 1979 Cherokee 6 might be the ticket. I prefer the shorter takeoff/landing, higher ceiling, better fuel economy and higher useful load of the 6, are there any counterpoints in favor of the other 2 that I am missing?

    The other options are a cirrus SR22/20 or a Socata TB20. Perhaps more fun to fly when just solo/couple 60% of the time. However, these would be a tight squeeze for the whole family and our large dog. Also, I have a hard time imagining grandma etc.climbing up on the wing for egress.

    FYI, the only planes for rent in my town are 172s so buying a 4 seater and renting a 6 seater only when needed is not really an option. Mooney and bos are just to tight for me, 6’4" 200lbs.
     
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    Just purchased a 1975 PA-32/300 thanks for the advice!
     
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    Congrats! They're a load hauler for sure! I'm sure you'll appreciate all the room.

    We've had 4 people (my wife, 2 adult kids and myself) and our golden retrieve in my TB20. It's doable, but not comfortable, wouldn't want the flight to be much more than 1.5 hrs. I guess it doesn't bother me....wifey is the one that has to deal with the dog on her lap!
     
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    Where you at with this hause of a plane? Care to embarrass me with the useful load?
     
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    Man, that didn't take long. I think it took me 3 years of pondering to move up from one airplane to the next and I still look at Trade-A-Plane even after the purchase.
     
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    Okay, let's see some pictures of the new bird! Congrats!!
     
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    That’s a mistake. Once you buy, ignore the market. The one you really wants pops up shortly after you paid for yours.
     
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    LOL. There is a lot of truth to this.
     
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    But the 337 is really cool looking...
     
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    They do look really cool.....




    Most the time, they are on jacks or sinking into the ramp though. The only worse plane to have is an Eclipse.
     
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    or a Duke.... *ducks* :D