New Forum Section on CSR - "Ask the Captains" - Rusty and Frank

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CSR_Admin, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    I have to think this site has been very good to BOE and Jim. There are many advertisers and he gets to promote his store, win win. BOE has some great deals and many members here get to take advantage of those sales. I hope, I have been able to help some people with answers to questions, and I know I have received a lot of help here, but that's what groups like this were for. As for me, I think I will bow out of the group for awhile. I find it insulting that Frank and our very own Mr Sea Ray thought this was a good idea. It kinda looks like there are many others that feel the same.
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  2. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 6, 2006
    Cape Canaveral, Florida
    Sea Ray 18CC Laguna
    if it burns, it turns
    I don't take phone calls from everyone, simply because there is not enough time in a day.....I'll call anyone of you, if not to just talk boating.

    Joe- I not only know your '99 Dancer, but probably drove it during its seatrial run. There are things on that 400DA that have not been complicated since. I can talk over many adult beverages about your boat. Have also been to MacRay more than once. Years ago got a personal tour of the new kitchen by Bill Mac. And the first time I ever saw a condo boathouses with bubblers to keep the boat in the water, underneath a complete unit. There was snow on the ground and I still slept on a 420 Aft Cabin in the water. I am Florida boy so 85 degree tile is our flooring, and this was not 85, but way cool experience.

    Blueone- I know I have driven yours. You have one of the first 420's and with mechanical 6CTA's. That boat changed model name (440DA) and engines, your 6CTA, then the 480CE, and last install were the QSC. Many folks will tell you mechanical's are dang near bullet proof and I tend to agree. Nice boat, nice hull shape.

    Ezsteps- Tell you what's coming I am bringing a boat up for my buddy Pete Beauregard over at Colony Marine. I am sure I will end up at Grosse Point Club or if he can squeeze a big one in behind the restaurant. I know it's not MacRay Harbor but it's damn close. I leave from South Florida on the 10th, so Lord only knows an eta. What leg of the journey do I need you at?

    Don't have it in me to talk to everyone like this fella's....but I do so enjoy it !

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  3. Buckeye Boater

    Buckeye Boater Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Wooster, OH
    215 Weekender 2006
    Merc 5.0 MPI 260 HP

    Purchased our Sea Ray from Colony Marine. Had an issue about 8 years after purchase and Mr. Beauregard stepped up and took care of it. First class operation.

    If your trip to St Clair Shores takes you through the islands in the West end of Lake Erie and you have time give us a shout. Would love to take you to dinner to enjoy some fresh Lake Erie perch or walleye! Not sure what size boat your running, but I have up to 90 feet of dock space in West Harbor. Neighbors might freak out if they see something that big! Water levels are at near record highs, so that won’t be an issue.

    Safe travels!
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2019
  4. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 6, 2006
    Cape Canaveral, Florida
    Sea Ray 18CC Laguna
    if it burns, it turns
    I like the idea Casey, a lot.....Please PM me your number (since I have lost about five to Ursula, since our last encounter) and good Lord willing, I will time my day to be around West Harbor. How far from there to Grosse Point?

  5. Rocket

    Rocket Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jan 14, 2008
    Long Island NY
    2007 48 Sundancer
    Previous: 2004 420DA, 2007 320DA, 2006 240DA
    Cummins QSC 540 8.3
    I've spoken with Captain Rusty several times over the past few years in regards to our Sea Rays. Recently I had an issue and Rusty called me on Memorial day. We talked for about an hour on what I need to look for and I was able to repair. The extensive knowledge and experience is well worth the sponsorship. As said above, I always sponsored even before I had discussions with Rusty. The information on this site is invaluable.
  6. Zed

    Zed New Member

    Jul 29, 2019
    2007 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3
    Hello Captain Rusty,

    My name is Ed from Rochester, NY you have helped me in the past with some problems with my 2007 280 Sundancer twin 4.3 Mercs. I am having a problem again. Everything seems to point to fuel tank anti siphon valves, but i cannot find a part number I contacted Sea Ray customer support and they could not help me. Any ideas?
  7. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp ea., 9.9 hp Mercury
    Dang I wish I would have noticed this post before it was to late. You are probably long gone from this area by now. If I would have seen this earlier Capt. I would have invited you back to the seat you sat in many years ago and bought all the adult beverages during the chat. Hope you had a great trip up. I'm going to have to pay closer attention from now on.
  8. CSR_Admin

    CSR_Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    I just happened across the responses here. Did not know anybody was unhappy with the Frank & Rusty Section. I am not sure what there is to be unhappy about. Nothing on the forum has changed. No access has changed. You can still ask Rusty or Frank whatever you want, anywhere on this forum you want. They wanted a more private section to help people with more private matters. Negotiating with brokers, problems that people don't want public. Etc. So it's in a private section. I think Rusty and Frank will be a little more open with their information in this new section as it won't be scrutinized so much.
  9. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2005 500 DB
    Someone is gonna complain. Don't sweat it. That was back in Jan.
  10. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    MacRay really is a unique property! I've heard rumors that for the first few winters, the small buildings in the center of the property (3A & 3B) were bubbled instead of heated. Otherwise though, the bubblers are only there to keep ice away from the building perimeters. All of the boathouse areas are fitted with radiant heat. Indoor air temps in winter range from 44º-65º or so. (the HOA buildings tend to be warmer than the marina-owned buildings, since they control their own t-stats). The radiant heat keeps the inside water from freezing, but now and then we've seen severe temps that have caused some ice crystals to form.

    Aside from being a unique marina, MacRay is particularly relevant on CSR. Even some members at MacRay assume that it's someone's surname (and mis-pronounce it as McKray). Mac is part of co-founder and Sea Ray dealer Bill's name, and Ray was Connie Ray - the founder of Sea Ray.

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