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Lovada Poel
Lovada Seabee Kids
Lovada
(photo courtesy of Ed Tello)



Most of the original "Seabee Kids"
(L to R: Lovada Poel, Jim Poel, Karen Brumm, Richie Brumm, Bill Bardin, Donna Lee Bardin, Mike Lush, Sherrie Lush, Blair Robinson, Brian Robinson)
(photo courtesy of Bill Bardin)
For most of you, especially on the East coast,
 I need not remind you who Lovada Poel was.
Wife of the late Captain Jim Poel and an original "Seabee Kid",
Lovada was joined at Jim's hip and was always a great part of the
Seabee community. Her role as Seabee "Den Mother" or "Camp Counselor"
was a fitting title for Lovada. Always organized and supported the
Seabee's everywhere she went. Lovada has gone west as of Saturday
(we believe) and will be sorely missed. (Details are sketchy at this point)

Lovada was a long-time Flight Attendant for American Airlines and a
friend to all that knew her. I had the pleasure on numerous occasions
to be with Jim and Lovada at many splash-in's and fly-in's.
Seeing them was always something I was looking forward to and
I was never disappointed. This was the consummate Seabee couple.
Lovada earned her pilot license and even flew the Seabee a few times
but I remember her saying, out of ear-shot from Jim, that she preferred
her Cardinal! (Steve for the Seabee Club)

Henry and Shelby Ruzakowski sent an email that reads:
"Hey Bill (Bardin), by now you might now that sadly, Lovada passed away a few days ago.
This is from Henry:

We just got off the phone with Sharon Block, a close friend and neighbor of Lovada's,
who gave us the details that she knows so far.
Lovada was found by a friend on Monday, sitting on the couch in her home,
after not answering the phone for a couple of days. It is thought that she passed away on Saturday,
but there will be no autopsy, nor will there be any kind of service, per her wishes.
She had had multiple medical problems recently, including breast cancer, but was very
private about them, even with her closest friends like Sharon, and they are all shocked.
Her brother, David Stratton, and his daughter Lindsey are there for a few days making arrangements.
Sharon is going to call us back when she gets David's contact info.
Henry or I will pass that on, along with any news as we hear it."
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Tom Hillier
We have lost another great Seabee owner. Tom Hillier was a long-time club member
and Seabee owner for many years. Member Bruce Hinds says it best:
"Hello Everyone,
 
    I miss my communication with all of you through my newsletters. 
You’ve become like an extended family and we, Janie and I,
have been blessed with some very special relationships. 
Through our Seabee family we came to know Tom and
Margie Hillier and their family.  It’s with a heavy heart that I
send this to let you know of Tom losing his battle with cancer.
    One of the first years we brought the Bee to Clear Lake
we met Tom and Margie.  It was a very special time for
the Seabee folks, Big Jim Sorensen, Alan Watson and Don Kyte
were there.  Tom hosted his group of close friends and adopted
Janie and I just as if we were family.  Ever since that meeting,
he’s been like a brother.  I’m sure that those of you that knew
him will remember him that way.  He always had a welcoming
smile that you could actually hear on the phone when he greeted you.
    Margie sent me the program from his service to forward to all of you,
that’s the attached file (.pdf). Here is a link to the obit,

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/modestobee/obi
 
Take care dear friends,
 
Bruce"
Read Tom's about tom's life here.
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Drink Koozies

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New! Electrol 430 PowerPac Plungers

If you have an old Electrol PowerPac, check the plungers to see if they are broken.
Mine were (on an old pump)!  See the plungers here.
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Tavares, Florida Splash-In! (2016)
Four Seabees showed up at Tavares April 7, 2016.
Great time at the perfect seaplane base!
Photos by Bill Bold and waiter at the Tiki Bar.
Bill Bardin
Bill Bardin
Lunchtime!
Lunchtime!
4 Seabees
4 Seabees
From front to back clockwise: BIll Bardin (won Best Metal Amphibian at SNF 2016!),
Bill Lissow, Dick Rogers, Steve Mestler. Shon Limor, Miller Monarch, Cris Mestler (not shown),
Mandy ?, John Walrath (Lake Amphib), Edgar Tello aka: ET,
 Bill Bold, Gerry Belcher, Scott Vanderweel.

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Seaplane Base for sale. Details here.
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Locking Tail Wheel System
If you've ever wondered about the early Seabee's Locking tail Wheel, this article is for you.
 
Read it here. Our thanks to member Bruce Hinds for his excellent explanation of a
mysterious system (at least to me!).
Updated 3-18-2016

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Weight and Balance
An Excel spreadsheet making weight and balance a no-brainer!
Check it out on the Training page here. Thanks to Member Bruce Hinds!
(Note: You MUST enter YOUR Empty Weight and Oil Arm information. See a sample here)
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Seabee Production List from 1988
The former "Seabee Club International" produced a very comprehensive list of Seabees from 1988. You can download it here. Courtesy of Dick Sanders.

 
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Bruce Hinds' Newsletters
Get the Latest one below...
brucehinds@earthlink.net (to join the automatic email list)

Bruce Hinds Corner
Most of Bruce Hinds Newsletters
Newsletter from member Bruce Hinds with very good Seabee informa
tion.
Member Rick Kaskel on a Marston Mat
Rick Kaskel

As far as I know, this is a first! A steel ramp (Marston Mat) was put down on a river shore and Rick successfully ramped it. There are a few setbacks as the tail wheel started to slide down the ramp sideways as he entered the water. After much knashing of teeth, the Seabee was righted and flew away unharmed. Good job Rick!

Update! Member Buce Hinds says they have used these at Clear Lake for years. I didn't know that! Here's what he says,
"
The steel mess mats had been used at the Clear Lake Splash-In for years.  The ramp could not be permanent, so each year they’d lay the mats.  Haven’t been there in a few years, not sure what they are using now.  They can get really slick.  I know Richard Bach used them at a house he had in FL, they were about an inch or two below the sand surface and worked really well." (I stand corrected; S.M.)
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Time again for Oshkosh! July 25 - 31


We had 17 Seabees there last year let's see if we can beat that.
Let's show the Airboss who's boss!

Click here for information http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure.
(NOTAM not available yet)
 
Download Seabee Parking Map here (JPG).

Download Required "SP" sign here (PDF).
Score
USA - 6
Canada - 2

Email me if you are going and I'll add you to the "score" board!
(There will also be a fly-out splash-in at member Dennis Dents lake house north of Oshkosh. A good time is bound to happen. Details coming)
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Evansville, Indiana Airshow
Evansville  EVV Airports
(Click on images for closeup view)
There will be a splash/fly-in at Evansville, Indiana on the 22nd through the 25th of June. It looks like a real good time. There will be an airshow, WWII reenactment, water shows and who knows what else! You can see the details here:
http://www.shrinersfest.com/

They would like to see as many Seabees as possible and the airplanes that fly in will get "VIP" treatment! What a deal. Member Rick Kaskel will be there with his "Queen Bee" and I understand that parking will be avaiable at the river front for the Seabees as well as at the nearby airport (EIther Skylane airport-3EV or Evansville-KEVV). Camping will be avaialble and there is a hotel within walking distance of the river front. There is also a shuttle bus that will run for your convenience to-from the airports to the river front. For more information contact
Steve Eberhart at 812-422-4525.
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New member Jason Knier and his crew are restoring
N6113K! (In Alaska)


Retractable Floats
(Photo by Jason?)

You can follow their progress here
http://tugmoe.com/knier-seabee/.
They have made some good progress in a very short time and there are some GREAT photos!
Thanks Jason.

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4/29/2016

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6/11/2016
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Oshkosh 2015 Photos
5/27/2016

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They are fascinating.

9/8/2015

Websites of interest to Seabee owners. Weather, parts, airport information.
9/27/2014
Seabee Questions and Answers
                           or
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Updated June 23, 2016 (Update parts for sale, Update Buy-a-Seabee page, Update Buy-a-Seabee page, Marston Mat, Buy Seabee updated, EVV Airshow, Lovada Poel, Tom Hillier, Removed Aircar)