Fall Splash-In 2015

AHOY !!!

We’re having a   SPLASH-IN cook-out

         on        Saturday, September 26, 2015

          and we hope you can come!

Porco+Gina      Seaplanes!

      Good fellowship!

      Fun and Games!

Lunch around 1 PM. Nothing fancy, but plenty of grub: BBQ, grilled burgers, hotdogs, etc., etc.


The Taj Mahouse, in Shangri-La-di-da, on the James River, a few miles east of Hopewell VA. We’re on the east side of Jordan Point, just SE of the Route 106/156 Benjamin Harrison drawbridge. (Google the coordinates below or “tar bay va”)


  • 37.305000              -77.215000
  • 37º 18.300′            -77º 12.900′
  • N37º 18′ 17.77″      W77 12′ 53.29″

Radio frequency: 123.45
Phone: 804-543-7110

Email: DonMaxwell@AbstractConcreteWorks.com

Street address: 10463 Jordan Parkway, North Prince George, VA 23860.

Fresh water, but 3 foot tide. High tide on September 20th is at 2:14 PM. Sunset will be at 7:00 and low tide at 8:54 PM.


Look for the orange windsock on our pier and call “Taj Mahouse” or “Maxwell” on 123.45.

If the wind is from the east, please consider approaching over the trees between the marina and the houses instead of right over the houses. If the water is glassy, one good approach to use the small, flat island in the middle of the bay as your LVR. Here’s a quick video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96n2kH3tqwA&feature=youtu.be

SeaReys, Aventuras, and other small tailwheel amphibs can taxi onto the sandy beach or onto Neal’s lawn next door, with plenty of room. Use plenty of power on the sand.

Nosewheels and amphib floats probably should leave the gear up and tail in. (The tide will start going out around 2:20 PM, and you’ll probably want to be pointed outward by then.)

PBYs and Clippers anchor or tie up to the buoy in deeper water, and we’ll pick you up with the Large Marge Party Barge & Self-Propelled Seaplane Tender. (There’s only 1 buoy, so bring an anchor if you’ll need one.)

Maps and tide info: http://abstractconcreteworks.com/TajMahouseSeaplaneOps/TajMahouseSeaplaneOps.html

Fun and Games? If anyone’s interested we might try grapefruit bombing or short takeoff, but only if it’s going to be fun for everyone. We have a volleyball, too (somewhere).

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the 26th of September!

= Don &Carol Maxwell

RSVP if coming.

Fall 2014


P.S. If you don’t happen to have a seaplane handy, the roads are quite good here. And W96 (New Kent County Airport) is a few miles to the north. (Courtesy car, or we can pick you up. Call us to coordinate rides.) There’s also a private 2,000 foot grass field about 2 miles north of us. Let me know if you’d like to land there and I’ll put you in touch with the owner.

P.P.S. Please pass this on to other seaplane pilots who might be interested in coming.

Rain Date: if the WX sux on September 26th, we’ll try again on the 27th.  And if that doesn’t work, then on October 10. 
 Those are the best midday high-tide weekend days here this fall.


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A Very Small Vision

Around 1996 I happened to buy a copy of Kitplanes magazine on a whim. That evening I lay in bed, leafing though it and came upon an article about the new SeaRey amphibious flying boat seaplane kit. There were a few photos, including one of a SeaRey drawn up on a white sand beach with bright bluegreen waves lapping at the hull.
Immediately I was somewhere on dark water looking at my SeaRey on a green lawn, with my house out of sight behind a grove of trees. It was a remarkable sensation—-I knew it was so!
Then it was gone and I was back in bed with the magazine open on my lap. Everything was mundane again. But the vision persisted, and a few years later I went for a SeaRide ride and bought a kit. Built it and have flown it about 1300 hours so far.