My dad has a fellow UA pilot friend who had a Cessna 182 and let us take it out whenever we wanted. This guy owned the 182 by himself, but also has a 1/2 share on a Beech 90. I guess the cost of the 182 and Beech got to be too much, as he sold the 182.
I would recommend getting 1 or 2 partners to go in with you on this plane. Even if you can foot the initial cost of the plane, just wait and see how costly it is to maintain the thing. I think planes are far more costly to own and operate than boats...
I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.