When one hears the term "flying boat" more often than not an image of a big, multi-engine aircraft built on a massive fuselage comes to mind.
The RC-3 Seabee can serve as evidence to the contrary. It looks more like a homemade four-person ropeway gondola with attached wings and a pushing propeller. Yet, it was Republic Aviation Corporation from New York City that manufactured 1,060 of these glazed trifles till 1947.
Out of the total, over 200 units were exported, mostly to Canada, but Sweden and Norway were nos. 2 and 3 importing countries (taking in, respectively, 20 and 11 crafts, excl. secondhand deals). They served as air taxis, ambulances, and business and private planes.
Believe it or not, but after several decades about 200 Seabees are still airworthy thanks to enthusiasts taking care of them. Apparently, being 70+ old young is no limit. In Sweden, at least five 'dinghies' are in flying condition and three are currently under restoration. "Moves like Jagger."