A general aviation bucket list would not be complete without a trip to the Bahamas. It’s both an exotic international destination while also being accessible to most general aviation aircraft. Even the most jaded traveler will admit that the Bahamas, more specifically the Exuma chain of islands, offers some of the most spectacular island landscapes in the world.
And to fly that trip in a Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey, arguably the world’s most capable light amphibious airplane, is just icing on the cake. Cruising low and slow over the shallow azure waters of the Caribbean with the canopy open, knowing you have the capability of landing just about anywhere, is truly unique and extraordinary.
Five SeaReys departed the factory in Tavares, Florida including the SeaRey ATD equipped with the new Rotax 915iS engine. Though one of the tasks was extensive salt water testing of the 141 horesepower 915 set up, the highlighted mission of this trip was to rendezvous in the Exumas with the Mega Yacht, SuRi, which operates a SeaRey from its deck.
After stops in Freeport and Nassau, it was on to the Berry islands and the Exumas. The Searey is essentially the Jeep of seaplanes. Its tailwheel configuration allows for dry beaching in places you wouldn’t think of going in tricycle gear amphibious airplanes. And if you want to just belly up to a sandbar, well, you can do that too.
If the Bahamas are a pilot’s playground then they are certainly a seaplane pilot’s utopia. Being able to explore in such a capable adventure machine while making new friends was an experience of a lifetime. This trip was organized by Kevin Oaks at SeaRey and Rob Galloway of Jones Brothers Seaplanes. It is rumored that they’ll be heading to the islands again this fall with SeaRey pilots and prospective owners. Who’s up for an adventure?
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