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NEW PAGE! Old Seabee photos from members.
Check your Main Gear Fork! A couple of reports are in this article. Some surprise info here:
Main Gear Fork Failure
For all you Franklin Engine owners; if you are in need of cylinder liners from LA Cylinder, contact Jerome at
Jerome is putting a large order together and the price goes down with more orders. These cylinder liners are not your fathers liners! Modifications have been made to make them much better than original liners.
Check out the newest Seabee Service Center
KSS Aviation (click here)
Highly recommended by the membership!
Too much play in your control wheel? Click here to see the procedure for fixing it.
Also Control Column U-joint replacement.
If you get an email from, it is a scam! This guy (or girl) uses Seabee photos and claims to be selling them! It may be yours! Be careful.
The EAA has done us a big solid! Parts replacement for vintage aircraft. Read EAA annnouncement here!
Read VARMA procedure here.
Easy air rudder locks! About $10. Read it here.
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.
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)

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
Miller Monarch and me (Steve)
Milller Monarch
Two Seabees at I93
Israeli Seabee
Israeli Seabee
Mr. Leigh Lewis sent this to us. He is also asking about a Vietnam Air Force paint scheme. If you have any information on this let me know. He says Vietnam had three of them.
Do you know this Seabee? Yes!
Chriscraft Ad 
This photo is from a Chriscraft ad in th early 70's. If you know this Seabee, please email me at Thanks.
Possible answer from member Tim Mau:
"I believe there is a pretty good chance that is my airplane in the artwork. My Grandfather was a ChrisCraft dealer and did a lot of work with the (Seabee) in the 70's. No way to be certain but the look is right.

Tim Mau"

A definitive answer fom Mr. Don Weed:

"Tim Mau is precisely correct.  His (and my) Grandfather, Herman Mau, purchased N6429K back in 1968.

Herm was one of the largest Chris-Craft Dealers in the area, and this photo was staged with their unique new model of the Chris Craft "Lancer". Herm came to sell many of the Lancer models through his dealership "Mau's Marineland, Inc".

The particular boat in the photo was equipped with an Evinrude Outboard, mounted inside an aft compartment of the boat. A very unique model- believe this very boat may have remained stored and serviced at Mau's for it's eventual owner for many years.

The catalog was likely from the 1974-1976 era. I remember a number of them floating around the Dealership, and of course asked my Grandfather about it in detail.

None of the people in the image were family, but according to Herm Mau, he was seated at the controls of "Bluebird" (N6429K) as the photo was taken. The woman standing in the bow doorway was someone from Chris Craft.
Tim Mau is now the owner of Bluebird.

Thank you for sharing that image- been quite a few years since I have seen it!"
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.
Old Seabee Photos
Seabee photos from members. Send us your photos!
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 Adam Randall, Added Michael Tragarz, Added Rick Hatton)
Cartoon, Fun Reading, and Articles
(Added Jim and Dete's Seabee article, Added "How the Seabee Works")
Tributes to 'Super' Bee people past and present
(Henry Ruzakowski)
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 Main Gear article, Added VARMA article, Added gearbox article)
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 KSS Aviation, Added Franklin Engine)
Parts for Sale (or Parts wanted!) Free Listing!
Airframe, Engine, Propeller, Avionics and anything Seabee!!
(Removed some items, Added LG orings, Added Hatton 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 3 Seabee's For Sale and 4 Seabee projects.

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

(Removed Brian Hoffmann, Removed Shultness, N33CS sold)
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 September 30, 2023  (Added Miller and me, Added Shultness to Seabee for sale, Added update to "Lancer Boat" above, Added Old Photos page, Membership added)