Originally Posted by FlyBoy8
Thanks for the responses so far...
Because of my height 6'5" (210lbs), I'm a little concerned about the side by side seating of the 7, and 12. I sat in a guys -9 a while back and had to lean way forward to get the canopy closed (slider), but once closed I did have a "little" clearance over my head. I'm sure with some seat adjustment I would be fine.
I started an RV-10 awhile back and abandoned it when the economy tanked, took a major pay cut (UAL Bankruptcy) and my side business (commercial construction) slowed.
Now that things are back on track, my wife and I are in a similar position. Though we haven't started yet, we did decide on the bird.
Being an ex USAF pilot, the RV-8 brings back great memories. I never mentioned my preference to my wife figuring it would influence her choice. We talked about not building an RV-10 because our kids are almost gone. So, based on all the comments here, we had pretty well decided on an RV-7.
Then one afternoon she told me she wanted to see what the RV-7 felt like versus the RV-10 . Living in the Portland area it was not too difficult to get her a ride. When she got done she asked if she could go for a ride in the RV-8A parked next door. She sweet talked herself into a ride and as you can tell from the picture below, the "grin" says it all. She got out of the airplane and gave me a great big hug and announced we are building an RV-8. Surprised the heck out of me.
So the moral of the story is go out and find someone who will do a "spousal approval" flight. You might be surprised by what you learn.
In the "for what it is worth" column. I am 6' and about 215 with broad shoulders. The cross countries I've done with my friends in RV-6/7s has been great fun, but for me it does get a little tight compared to the RV-8.
Oh, my other advice; don't brainstorm this to death. I did and ended up abandoning my project. Big mistake. Make the decision and never look back.