Republic RC-3 Seebee floatplane model. The basic design of the Seabee is, in a word, simplicity. Based on the design of Percival H. Spencer's Aircar, the Seabee has less than five hundred parts which is a fraction of the two-thousand-plus parts in most production aircraft. The Seabee was Republic's answer to the post war, civillian market-a family plane that could go anywhere. At an initial price of $3995, over one thousand were built in 1946 and 1947 before the production line was shut down. There are approximately 200-300 Seabees still registered with the FAA today.