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Seabee Club Logo License Plate
(Available at the Seabee Store)
License Plate
Made of .040" aluminum and is standard 6" x 12"
Available now!
Looking for someone!!
Mr. Dan McCoart is trying to locate former member Mr. Gene Nesic. Mr. McCoart asks:
"...we have some taxiways named after some members (Knox County Flying Club here in Owls Head, Maine) and I was trying to put together a little history on how and why they ended up with the honor of a taxiway being named after them.  I found Gene Nesic (Captain) listed as a member of your club in an old newsletter #30, published in April of 1993.  I was curious as to if you knew him or if anyone of your members may have known him. Any information on Gene or who I can contact that could provide such would be most appreciated.  Thank you for your time."
Contact Mr. McCoart here:
Member J.R. Ranney sends this:

From a biography of Glenn Curtiss, inventor of the seaplane:
"A flying machine in which it is practically impossible for the operator to suffer injury in case of accident. Even in the worst kind of accident, the most that can happen to the operator is an exhilarating plunge into fresh or salt water, as the case may be, with the beneficial effects of a good swim if so desired."
The "Ol' Marty B" at  Herb Sherwin's House
Herb Sherwin's House
Herb Sherwin found this photo of my Seabee at his home in Alabama way back in October 7, 2012. Thanks Herb! I'm glad you found it!
Change Your Tail Wheel Bearings (and Races)
This article explains how to change the bearings and races in the Bendix Tail Wheel. However, other tail wheels may benefit from the information. Check it out on the Maintenance page here.

Check your Aileron Bell Crank!
A member found a disturbing sight when he looked at the Aileron Bell Cranks. See what he did to fix it here. (Tips and Tricks page)

Check and replace your Water Rudder Cables. This article explains an easier way to change them. See it here.
South Wind (Troy) Heater AD update! See it here. AD 2017-06-03.
ATTENTION: After months of back-and-forth we finally have an answer to the Beta Valve Spring issue! I called Hartzell and they set me straight. See the article on the "Safety Tips" page here. Thanks to Bruce Hinds for bringing this critical issue to our attention! The springs are available from Hartzell or Simuflight.
Mr. Charles Bain is writing a book and needs stories! If you have an interesting story about your Seabee adventures, send them to Mr. Bain. His email is He says you guys can remain anonymous!! (and for good reason) You can even use a fake name.  Here is the list of questions from Mr. Bain
He says,
it's all about highlighting the range of experiences this craft has accumulated over the decades."
Member Dave Reeve is selling some great seaplane books!
See them here.
Bogus offers!!
If you get an email from it's BOGUS!! Offers have been made on parts to more than one member but they refuse to forward their location and they want bank account information.
Don't answer emails from them.
(It just happened again on 10-31-2016!)

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

Bruce Hinds Corner
Most of Bruce Hinds Newsletters
Newsletter from member Bruce Hinds with very good Seabee informa
 Our Seabees make the cut for
Air & Space/Smithsonian Magazine!!

"The Seabee Keepers"

With a devoted international following, an exceptional amphibian still creates buzz.

Brian Robinson
A Republic Seabee (member Brian Robinson),
the ideal sportplane, climbs over a Wisconsin lake.
(Photo by Jim Koepnick/EAA)

"How do we explain the continuing popularity of a 1940's-era seaplane? An article in the latest issue of Air & Space/Smithsonian confirms what we’ve known all along: The Republic RC-3 Seabee is pure fun. Robert Bernier, who wrote the story, remembers his flight in a Seabee at age 10, and he interviews Bee owners (including me) about what makes this airplane unique and why it inspires such loyalty in its owners. The issue is now on sale. You’ll want to keep it."

To buy a copy of the magazine, call or e-mail James Babcock at Smithsonian Enterprises. or (212) 916-1323

(Ed note: My sincere thanks to Bob Bernier, Diane Tedeschi and Caroline Sheen at
Air &Space magazine! Wonderful people!)
Subscribe to Air & Space here!!
New at the Seabee Store!
Seabee Vinyl Decals
Guaranteed for three years outside these 10" vinyl decals are an accurate side view of our Seabees. Left and right views included. Stick them on the back of your car, truck, tricycle, where ever you want! The vendor has given us a very good price and is willing to customize any decal the way you want. N-number, name, etc. can be added at no additional charge by the vendor. Check the Seabee Store for more details.
Seabee Vinyl Installed
(Installed on my car)
Available in 7 colors from the Seabee Club but custom colors are available. 


Need a Seaplane Rating? Check out Jones Brothers here.
Jones Brothers
Before you buy, do a pre-buy inspection. Download it here.
Also, DO A TITLE SEARCH! (Available from AOPA or SPA)

AOPA Aero-Space Reports,  800-765-2336
3-10-2017: AOPA just released an article on Title Searches. You can read it here.
About Seabees
Seabee Specs, History, Seabee Club
(Added Seabee Design Analysis, Added Seabee Production List)
Oshkosh Photos
Seabees and members at Oshkosh 2015 and Oshkosh 2016.
Safety Tips
Tips on how not to crash! These are offered up from the membership and your input is always welcome.
Who knows, we might just bring down insurance costs!

(Added Rudder Control Horn fix article)
Members - Updated! Member locations added!
Alphabetical listing, Websites, e-mail, Join!
Cartoon, Fun Reading, and Articles
(Cartoon change)
Tributes to 'Super' Bee people past and present
Maintenance and Reference Materials
FAA Type Certificate Data Sheet A-769
Airframe AD's
Engine, Propeller, Accessory AD's
Service Bulletins
Dealer and Distributor's Bulletins
Republic Seabee Parts List
CAA (FAA) Flight Manuals
337's (updated 9-10-2016)
Service Instructions
(Added "Check Your Rudder" article)
Tips and Tricks
Tips, tricks, part substitutions, etc. for our Seabees               
(Added Aileron Bell Crank fix) 4/12/2017
Drawings (factory when available) of Seabee parts.
Send me your drawings! We'll post them for everyone.               
(Added Water Rudder Post)
Products for Seabees and Pilot Organizations               
(Added Aircraft Components Gear System)
Recommended Services
Seabee owner's recommendations for Seabee services!            
(Added Southern Aero)
Parts for Sale (or Parts wanted!) Free Listing!
Airframe, Engine, Propeller, Avionics and anything Seabee!!
(New Float Struts)
Instructors, Associates, Articles, and Training Aids
(Removed Hangar A, Updated Training Guide)
Seabee Store (Support the Seabee Club!)
Hats, T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Patches, CD's, Toolbags, Coffee Mugs, Floor Mat.

(No XXL Khaki jackets left)

Browse our list of 6 Seabee's For Sale and 6 Seabee projects.

Should I buy a Seabee? Questions and answers for first time buyers.

(Removed Woody Cannon, Updated Mike Lush, Sold Louis Hudgin)
Flyins, Interesting stories, photos, etc.
Oshkosh 2015 Photos

Oshkosh 2016 Photos

Newsletters, Dealer and Distributor bulletins. If you are interested in the production history, read these! 

They are fascinating.


Websites of interest to Seabee owners. Weather, parts, airport information.
(Moved Aircraft Components to Products page)
Seabee Questions and Answers
Franklin Questions and Answers
Your questions answered by members!

(Updated russ Aircraft adapter rings)
Contact Steve at
Snail mail:
P.O. Box 641
Gilbert, SC  29054
All Seabee Manuals on DVD!
Click here for details

Editor's Note: If your e-mail address is anywhere on this website (especially on the 'Parts for Sale' page), please check to make sure it is correct. If it needs changing, e-mail me and we will change it. Thank you very much!

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Updated June 17, 2017 (Added license plates in Seabee Store, Updated About page, Removed Woody Cannon from Seabee for sale, Added Mr. McCoart request, Added Air and space magazine)