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I need a vertical fin!
Member Chase needs a vertical fin for his project. If you have one to sell contact him at
Part 1112 ("H" bracket)
This article should be required reading for any Seabee owner. Member John Roder had an incident that is worth reporting to all the membership and member Bruce Hinds was instrumental in it's successful conclusion.
Read it here. Thank you both!
Pete Robinson needs a Hartzell hub
"We sent our prop over to the prop shop here and they have told us that a Hartzell service bulletin applies to our propeller ( HC-SB-61-331) that requires an upgrade of our type 1 hub to a D or A style hub. P/N 840-124.
We were wondering if anyone in the club had one to available that we could purchase as they are not a very common prop.
Kindest Regards
Pete Robinson"
Another Seabee rises from the ashes
Hey there, we are a group in Ottawa, Canada, who are working on rebuilding Republic RC3 Seabee CF-FOY s/n 747 to try and get it back to an airworthy condition. We really appreciate your website as it has been a world of information for us and it's amazing to see the same appreciation for this one specific aircraft type that all of us who are a part of this project share. We would love to share the progress of this project with you. Here is the link to our website: As well if you wouldn't mind sharing this to other possible seabee enthusiasts to try and raise awareness for the project that would mean a lot to us.
It appears that a 100LL replacement is close at hand. UL-94 is here. From what I see you have to have an STC issued by Swift Fuel Company($100). It is a "forever" STC. Most of our Lycoming and all Franklin engines are approved! Check the Lycoming Service Instruction here:

Check out Swift website here:

Tail wheel tires
Here is an article on our tail wheel tires:
Tail wheel tires if you have any additional information please send it to me, thanks!
Search the Seabee website!
This is a tip from member Bruce Hinds.
Type this in your web browser:
"___________ site:"
Fill in the blank with, "Brakes, landing gear, hydraulics, etc." and a space between your word and 'site'.
For example:
hydraulics site:
Hint: type in the "blank" word in your browser then copy and paste the Seabee site above. Your browser will then list most of the articles on those subjects from the Seabee website.
Note: You will also get links from other websites but the first listings will be from here.

(I'll try to get a search bar going as soon as I figure it out)
International customers please note:
Due to the rising cost of shipping, we can no longer honor the "free shipping" on internatonal orders from the Seabee Store. We can still ship your items but we must add a realistic shipping charge. It pains us to do this but we have to cover our costs. Shipping inside the U.S. will still be honored as "Free Shipping". We can make arrangements for international shipping costs. Thank you all for your understanding.
(As an example, shipping to British Columbia, Canada for a Seabee T-shirt costs $29.56!)

Ever wonder how your Hartzell Reverser works?
Check out the Hartzell article here.
Check your Lycoming GO-480 gearbox backlash
(article sent by Bruce Hinds, thanks!)
New! Just added Lycoming GO-480 parts lists.
All engines. See them here.
What if your landing gear won't lock down?
Check P/N 1112. Click here for the article.

Overhaul your Electrol 430 Hydraulic PowerPac
See details here
FAA has issued a SAIB for cable connections!
Although it may not apply to our Seabees, it may be worth it to look at your terminal ends on the control cables. Read the bulletin here (PDF).
Failures were hidden under the safety wire!
Send us your Float Strut Mirror Selfies!
You can see them here

Bruce Hinds' Newsletters
Bruce Hinds Corner
Most of Bruce Hinds Newsletters
Newsletter from member Bruce Hinds with very good Seabee informa
tion. Bruce Hinds sent me most of the missing Newsletters! Thanks Bruce. Lots of reading to do!!
(Most missing Newsletters Added) 7/13/2017
Mystery Seabee accident (1955)
Mr. Freeman from Canada needs help finding information about the above Seabee (SN 512). He is writing a book and needs specific information. Notice part of the cowling is missing and the propeller is gone! If you have any information please send it to us at: and

Read Mr. Freeman's email here
Great shots from Jeronimo Chiecchio

Jeronimo Jeronimo
Jeronimo Jeronimo
Thanks Jeronimo!
All photos taken by Jeronimo via drone!

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 Features article)
Oshkosh Photos
Seabees and members at Oshkosh 2015 and Oshkosh 2016.
Float Strut Selfies or "Look at me!"
Photos of float strut mirror images. We know you've taken one so send it in!
Email to Steve at
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!
(Added Twin Bee to Wilkes, Added Charles Eidschun)
Cartoon, Fun Reading, and Articles
(Added "How the Seabee Works", Added 6-cylinder Counterweight article)
Tributes to 'Super' Bee people past and present
(Richie Brumm)
Maintenance and Reference Materials
FAA Type Certificate Data Sheet A-769
Airframe AD's
Engine, Propeller, Accessory AD's
Republic Service Bulletins
Republic Dealer and Distributor's Bulletins (Missing Bulletins Added!!)
Republic Seabee Parts List
CAA (FAA) Flight Manuals
337's (updated 8-20-2021)
Republic Service Instructions
(Added gearbox article, Added H-Bracket article, Added Wing-adectomy)
Tips and Tricks
Tips, tricks, part substitutions, etc. for our Seabees               
(Added Tail Wheel Squeezer) 5/13/2018
Drawings (factory when available) of Seabee parts.
Send me your drawings! We'll post them for everyone.               
(Added Water Rudder Spring)
Products for Seabees and Pilot Organizations               
(Added Aircraft Components Gear System)
Recommended Services
Seabee owner's recommendations for Seabee services!            
(Added Franklin Engine, Added Carolina Aero Tech)
Parts for Sale (or Parts wanted!) Free Listing!
Airframe, Engine, Propeller, Avionics and anything Seabee!!
(Removed old ads, Added Kilpatrick parts)
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, etc.

(Price increase)

Browse our list of 6 Seabee's For Sale and 2 Seabee projects.

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

(Added Thunder Bee photos, Added Bruce Bourgeois, Added Bill Bardin)
Flyins, Interesting stories, photos, etc.
Oshkosh 2015 Photos

Oshkosh 2016 Photos
(Added Bruce Bishop photo, "Dragon" Bee)

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
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 November 19, 2022  (Added Mr. Freeman request, Added Seabee Feature article to "About" page, Added Chase request for vertical fin, Removed some "Parts 4 Sale" ads)