Splash-in 2012 - Blounts Creek, NC. - September 28 29 & 30

01-01-2012, 10:23 AM

Tom Saccio | Splash-in 2012 - Blounts Creek, NC. - September 28 29 & 30

At the last Splash-in in Duluth I mentioned that I would host the 2012 Splash-in at my home in Blounts Creek, NC. If that is agreeable with everyone, then I am thinking that the last weekend in September would work best. Please let me know your thoughts about the place and time. All ideas are welcome. Hope you all had a great 2011 and an even better 2012. Happy New Year.....Tom Saccio

01-01-2012, 01:46 PM

keithw 2012 Splash In

Happy New Year Tom S Wow! 2012 Splash In!!!! At Blount Creek!! Chalk me up!!!! Im going to call and get reservations right away. Keith Walljasper N80CC P. S. I think N80CC knows the way without even entering the info in the Gps.

01-01-2012, 09:30 PM

Ed Lynch | 2012 Splash-In

Sounds good to me, Tom. Thanks! The date works for me. Mary Lou and I will be there! Ed Lynch

01-03-2012, 05:07 PM

Russ Kotlarek

I'm in !

Unless everyone shows up to help me finish off my Seawind it might be airline, Lake Amphib, or a long walk, ... however it happens I'll be there.


01-03-2012, 07:36 PM

Fred Lohr

i will certainly be there, look forward to seeing everyone.

01-04-2012, 09:28 PM


Since I missed last splash in Duluth, looking forward to seeing everyone at Tom's. Bill

01-05-2012, 01:37 PM



Desi and I will be there. John

01-06-2012, 02:19 AM


Sounds GREAT, count me in

01-06-2012, 09:55 AM


Chris and I will be there too.

01-08-2012, 06:04 PM


I'll most likely be there.


01-12-2012, 06:49 PM

mike reibling | 2012 splash in & wheel info needed

Sounds good Tom....

It's great to see the strong support so soon.

Kris and I would love to come. Keith, please post hotel info so we can try to get into the same place.

On another note I was just doing my annual and found a race in one wheel is loose. Does anyone know of a way to repair it or have a wheel for sale?

PS. I talked to Matco they don't and won't have any stock for at least 3 months.

Mike Reibling

01-12-2012, 06:59 PM


main or nose wheel? I've got an extra nose wheel (both halfs).

01-13-2012, 07:54 AM

mike reibling | Rim needed

Thanks for the response G but I need a Rim for the main gear.

01-13-2012, 10:13 AM


Check with Phill DeRidder he might have what you need.

01-24-2012, 08:07 AM

moe | Flyin at Tom Saccios

Hi tom. Glad to attend the flyin at your home again. Caroline and i will drive down as we did two years ago. I just finished moving my seawind after 14years of building at my son in law armands maintenance building to another shop closer to home. Can you post again,some of the motel choices nearby.

Thanks moe.

04-15-2012, 07:24 AM


Do we have a date and time?

05-06-2012, 02:50 PM

Tom saccio | Splash-in 2012

Just a friendly reminder that we are still planning to host the Splash-in at my home in Blounts Creek, NC. It will be the weekend of September 28 29 & 30 Please keep the date open. Hope you all can make it. I will be giving you all further information as to accommodations and directions as we get nearer to the date. If any of you have any questions please let me know.

Tom Saccio

05-12-2012, 09:41 PM

Russ Kotlarek | Splash in prop Balancer???

Do we have any desire to do prop balancing at the splash in this year as we mentiond last year I can bring it.

It may be too much work to pull cowlings and such but with Tom's shop there it is doable. Any input?


05-13-2012, 02:46 PM


I'm good, thanks. I find an unbalanced prop keeps me awake on those long trips....:

05-13-2012, 04:16 PM



I'd be interested. And/or another presentation like you did on how you cast your intake manifold, would great!


05-16-2012, 06:00 PM

keithw | accomadations Tom Help

Ive tried to make heads and or tails of the best (accom. ) in Washington and cant pull the trigger. Tom please scout out (Tonto) for us. Keith Walljasper N80CC

05-21-2012, 09:16 PM

keithw | place to stay

[quote=keithw;1877]Ive tried to make heads and or tails of the best (accom. ) in Washington and cant pull the trigger. Tom please scout out (Tonto) for us. Keith Walljasper N80CC[/QUOT

05-30-2012, 08:23 AM

keithw | place to stay Washington NC

Tom any news yet Keith

05-30-2012, 12:36 PM

Ed Lynch | Tom and Stephanine

Keith, Tom and Stephanie are getting married this coming weekend, so his mind is likely elsewhere for awhile. Bet you don't hear from him till his head clears, (if it ever does!)

06-23-2012, 01:42 PM

Tom Saccio | Splash-in 2012

I'm starting to make final arrangements for the Splash-in. It will be the weekend of Sept 28th and 29th. That's a Saturday and a Sunday. If anyone wants to get here earlier that would be just fine with us. Or stay longer for that matter.

I've checked out two of the better hotels in town and rooms are available.

Hampton Inn, which is on 15 ST in Washington and about 7 minutes from Washington Warren Airport (OCW) is the most expensive at about $94.00 + tax is a nice clean hotel.

Address: 2085 W 15 St Washington, NC 27889 Tel# 252 940-4556

Web site www.washingtonnc.hamptoninn.com

The other choice is :

Quality Inn @ 1031 Carolina Ave Washington, NC 27889 Tel# 252 946-5500

Room with King size bed is $70.00 + tax per night.

Two double beds is $75.00 + tax per night.

Both hotels are clean and very accommodating.

My choice would be the Quality Inn because it is cheeper and just as nice as the Hampton Inn.

Please make your reservations early as they book up fast. Rooms can be canceled if needed.

Most people coming commercially will probably fly into Raleigh Durham (RDU) or you could make connections and fly into New Bern (EWN)

Or Greenville NC (PGV) and I will pick you up and take you to your hotel.

The coordinates for my home if you are coming by Seawind is:

35 29' 45" 76 57' 7'

The local airport is Washington Warren Field (OCW) My address is:

4373 Maules Point Rd.

Blounts Creek NC 27814

and is approximately 10 miles at 150 degrees

Home number 252 940-0083

Cell 252 945-5199

If you have any questions please call.

There will be a dinner at my home on Saturday the 29th of September with entertainment.

08-13-2012, 06:47 AM


The time is getting closer for the splash in. I have started planning the trip and am hopeing (Hope-ing strange spelling) for great weather.

Hope to see you-all there.....

08-19-2012, 01:05 PM

mike reibling | Splash in Hotel Booked

I just talked to Keith today. He said he was booked in the Quality Inn so Kristle and I just booked into the Quality Inn as well for Sept. 27th.

They said they had 9 rooms left. They honored the rate of $75.00 and said they would welcome more and would try to keep us together.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Mike & Kristle Reibling

08-20-2012, 05:31 PM

Tom Saccio | 2012 Splash-in

Hi Everyone, We are a little over a month away from the Splash-in in Blounts Creek, NC. I know that a lot of you have already confirmed that you will be attending. Please if you don't mind reconfirming your intentions it would be a great help in the preparations so that I can get a final count.

I also urge you to make your reservations at the hotels in town. All the information was sent in an earlier text. If you have any questions or need help in any way please notify me. All my numbers and all pertinent information is listed in that text.

Have a safe trip and I am looking forward to seeing you all again.

Tom Saccio

08-20-2012, 06:50 PM


Tom, I plan on driving in from Knoxville friday. Looking forward to seeing fellow seawinders. Bill

08-21-2012, 02:00 AM


Hi tom,

Count me in as long as the weather is good...... Cleaning off the cobwebs!

08-25-2012, 02:47 PM


Another room booked.........quality inn. They have 1 left reserved for us. The entire hotel is booked otherwise, as well as all others in the area.

08-28-2012, 10:17 AM

Tom Saccio | Splash-in 2012

I checked with the Quality Inn in Washington NC and they have several rooms left. If you are coming or thinking of coming to the Splash-in please make your room reservation as soon as possible. You can always cancel them if you decide not to attend.

08-31-2012, 09:10 AM


We have our flights, room and rental car. We'll see you guys there.

John J and Chris D

09-22-2012, 09:06 PM

Tom Saccio | Splash-in 2012

We are less than a week away from the Splash-in and if you trust the weather man we are in for a great weekend. It looks great north and south of me from New York to Florida.

I have a new set of coordinates for my home if you are flying directly here.

They are: 35.4492N and 76.9284W. Please note that these are not in minutes and seconds but in decimal. This point should be 9.4 nautical miles from Washington Warren airport (OCW) at a direction of 150 degrees.

If you have any trouble please contact me at the following numbers

Home 252 940-0083

Cell. 252 945-5199

If you land at the airport we will pick you up and take you either to my home or to your hotel. Fly safe

Tom Saccio

09-23-2012, 07:07 PM


I plan on flying in friday around noon...

I will call or text form the air when close...

Thanks again for hosting Tom....

09-24-2012, 04:40 PM

Yankeepapa | [Q] Ride?


Per the website, I am apparently the newest member of this group, so first a couple of bits of introduction. First, I am a Private Pilot. Second, I am a Seawind builder/owner wanna-be. That being said, I could not help but notice the splash-in scheduled for this weekend in NC.

Now, I do not want to come across as pushy, but time is of the essence -- the weekend is coming up quickly. While I have seen Seawinds up close in years gone by, I have never sat (much less gotten a ride) in one. So, without connecting the dots, I'm sure all of you know where I'm headed...

IF, I were able to get to NC this weekend (doubtful), and IF I showed up with $ ready to cost share, what would be the chances of getting to actually experience the Seawind thrill? Truth be told, it might do me good to somehow decide I could live without a Seawind, as that would keep my life more manageable!

So, enough of that. Even if this weekend did not work out, and as a backup plan, I don't suppose there are any Seawind owners close to North Alabama?



P.S. My full name is David C Matthews. (The "C" comes in handy, as there are many of us around and it helps distinguish.)

09-24-2012, 04:52 PM

Yankeepapa | [Q] Ride? (Contact Information)


To reach me directly, my email address is dcm7293 (at) gmail (dot) com.


09-25-2012, 02:57 PM

Yankeepapa | [Q] Ride? (Passing Through North AL)


Yet another idea is that if someone will be flying over North Alabama, perhaps I could persuade you to stop in for fuel? I would be willing to cost share -- buy you some avgas in exchange for a quick ride.


10-01-2012, 05:40 PM


I would like to thank Tom for hosting this past splashin.

It was a most excellent adventure.....

PS - if anyone finds a flap inspection plate cover in the pamlico river, please contact mike....