Okay, this may be the most impractical boating question yet, particularly since it doesn't involve boats.
Seaplanes. Or as the basic ones seem to be called, 'floatplanes'.
Why aren't they everywhere? I don't think I've ever even seen one. I understand that the license required to fly a light plane isn't a difficult thing to come by; and the float-equipped version of a small Cessna needn't cost more than a 35' speedboat...
...I'd have thought the fun available from being able to take off near home (even inland) and being able to cover a hundred miles per hour with ease, landing far away near dreamy seaside spots in the UK or abroad, would appeal strongly to Sunseeker types. No?
Or, is there some killjoy rule that prevents one landing at will? Can't one inform the air-authority in the district one wishes to vist, letting them know the expected arrival time, and just go? All a bit James Bond perhaps, but so are speedboats, aren't they?
I'm not under the pleasurable burden of planning how to spend a lottery win, but if I was, I'd be thinking seaplanes... ...and I'd have a country estate with a lake (as a runway). My question though, is why aren't the skies full of Practical Float Owners?