I'm not current at the moment. Lately I have been really looking at the Zenith STOL aircraft, the CH801 etc. For where we live, that would work. And being able to do my own A&P on it would be the only way to go, here where we live.
I was too big for the Mooneys. At the time I was working for a company based on Cape Cod, but opening an office in Houston and I wanted something to use Texas-Massachusetts, but mostly to deliver equipment to ROV and survey people on the Gulf Coast. Mooney had no payload, and I shuddered at the idea of being cramped in there for long trips. Did a bunch of test flights. Beech, Piper, Lake Amphibian, Cessnas, a Rockwell Aero Commander... I really, really liked the Maule M5 Turbo. I was ready to plunk down my half, with a buddy working on his ticket. He could fly but couldn't pass the written if his life depended on it. Finally dropped out...etc. yada yada.
I bought a two place ultralight with an idea of moving to an FIB ( Flying Inflatable Boat) for aerial photography, but we sold the trike when we moved here. made a few bucks on it, too!
Here we are in that one: