Spent today at Sea Ray

Discussion in 'Pictures & Videos' started by ZZ13, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    We are at Ft Pierce City Marina for a while and Captain Rusty was kind enough to invite us up to Sykes Creek this morning for show and tell. He showed us lots of good stuff related to the L590 and L650 that they build there and was very kind to us as usual. Here's Mrs. ZZ (Laura) with Rusty.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2016
  2. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    So....what did you buy? ;)
     
  3. Bob & Sue

    Bob & Sue Active Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Browns Point Tacoma WA
    Sold 1999 270DA Sundancer
    5.7l Mercuiser
    Sounds like an interesting day. Were you able to see any of the fabrication process? I've always wanted to see one of their plants just to see what improvements & differences have been made to the automation processes compared to a local builder in the PNW that has invested heavily in robotics for simple things like routing portholes, thru hulls etc.
     
  4. cwiert

    cwiert Active Member

    527
    May 7, 2008
    Westbrook, CT
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3116 - 350HP
    Kewl!
     
  5. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    We did. Saw most everything they do. We really enjoyed seeing the top side and hull of a L590 being worked on side by side separately. They had the topside tied to a hoist as it's just about ready to lift it onto the hull. Sure wish I could pull my boat apart like that to work on stuff.
     
  6. Strypes

    Strypes Member

    738
    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht
    210 Sea Fox Center Console
    Avon 3.11 RIB
    454 Crusaders
    V6 Mercury Saltwater 150HP
    4 Stroke 5HP Mercury
    Very cool! :thumbsup:
     
  7. cwiert

    cwiert Active Member

    527
    May 7, 2008
    Westbrook, CT
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3116 - 350HP
    Were cameras not allowed on the inside? Read: I want to see more pics!
     
  8. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars

    Yes, Sea Ray is very generous with photography in the plants. As you might expect, there are some areas that are off limits for photography, like the CAD studio and most of PD&E. I've been there several times and have pretty much had the run of the place. The place covers acres and acres, so you have to have a guide. Sea Ray invited several of us down for Yacht Expo in 2011. If you want to see photographs inside the mfg plant and process, here is a good starting place:

    http://clubsearay.com/showthread.ph...os?highlight=fwebster+Sea+Ray+Yacht+Expo+2011

    http://clubsearay.com/showthread.ph...ur?highlight=fwebster+Sea+Ray+Yacht+Expo+2011

    http://clubsearay.com/showthread.ph...ns?highlight=fwebster+Sea+Ray+Yacht+Expo+2011
     
  9. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    What Frank said. I just didn't take the time to take pictures.
     
  10. cwiert

    cwiert Active Member

    527
    May 7, 2008
    Westbrook, CT
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3116 - 350HP
    Wow. Those are great pics and descriptions. Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Had the privilege of a private tour last year, with Rusty, what a great guy. Sea Ray should be very proud having such an employee.
     
  12. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    One of these days I want to do that. Maybe this spring we journey to the north.

    Mark
     
  13. quality time

    quality time Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2003 480DB and Kencraft 190 CC
    QSM11's
    Darn! We're in Ft. Pierce this week but hopped over to Disney for a few days.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
     
  14. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Looks a bit chilly in FLA Captain! I need to get my butt back there and cruise through the plant! Maybe I can piggyback on the Atlantic City trip????
     
  15. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    726
    Nov 6, 2006
    Florida
    The yacht delivery captain for Sea Ray Boats Inc.
    mostly 1100hp CAT/MAN
    It was my absolute pleasure to have Bill and Laura visit us at Sea Ray Boats yesterday. I also wish each one of you could stop by whenever in central Florida, except that I am often not here. If by chance you find yourself down here in sunny Florida, hint-hint, please PM me and see if we cannot make a short visit happen.

    Markus, I owe you a phone call boss, and Commodore, you are more than welcome to drive any vessel I am on (will just give me more time to visit with Kathy).

    I will once again tell you guys (and Lady Brenda) how cool it is to be a part of a fraternity of such diverse owners. Because I live and grew up underneath rockets going to the moon and beyond, it stands to reason I am a huge fan of the US Space program. Bill, Laura and I were talking space and I told them I just watch the movie Martian....Laura asked if saw the Voyager satellite in the movie to which I concededly replied, movie heck, I saw the actual launch of the real Voyager........Laura's reply; "me too because Bill and I built the real one"....whoops, sorry Laura, I'll be quiet now.....anybody else know any Satellite Scientist??? too cool for my school!

    Thanks again ZZ13….hope to see you two in Miami soon!

    Miami Boat Show is only about 3 weeks away! Come see us on Collins Ave.!!

    Capt. Rusty
     
  16. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    As Rusty stayed, Laura and I are from a space history. My dad worked on the Saturn V in Huntsville during my childhood. Laura and I were both engineers for the design and build of the Mars Pathfinder rover that was featured in the movie The Martian. It launched in 1997. Voyager was a little before our to time - I must have misspoke that.

    It was great swapping space launch war stories with Rusty. Brought back a lot of good memories.
     
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  17. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    726
    Nov 6, 2006
    Florida
    The yacht delivery captain for Sea Ray Boats Inc.
    mostly 1100hp CAT/MAN
    I misspoke because I remember both missions back when the US had a Space Program and were undisputedly #1 in space exploration....all of our success in going to the moon and returning safely and going where we haven't been before (Hubble, Mars, and now even Pluto) was accomplished by a generation which had just finished fighting two wars on either side of the world. These men and women then sent people in space and did so without the use of a single computer....any of us still remember how to use a slide-rule? Could ya calculate and land on the moon safely with no calculator or computer? Yep, The Greatest Generation ever !

    Would love to continue our conversation Bill but Laura has to be there too!.....

    R
     
  18. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Rusty, one of these days you're going to get a PM from me. I soooo want to meet you and have you show us around. I can't think of a more pleasant way to spend time in FL.
     
  19. Strypes

    Strypes Member

    738
    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht
    210 Sea Fox Center Console
    Avon 3.11 RIB
    454 Crusaders
    V6 Mercury Saltwater 150HP
    4 Stroke 5HP Mercury
    I will definitely get ahold of you the next time that we are in Florida, Captain Rusty! Mrs. Strypes and I would definitely like to check out Sea Ray as well as meeting the infamous Captain! Cheers
     
  20. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    726
    Nov 6, 2006
    Florida
    The yacht delivery captain for Sea Ray Boats Inc.
    mostly 1100hp CAT/MAN
    Absolutely nothing famous about me, I am but one of many dedicated Sea Ray employees....there are hard working people here whom make me look like a rookie and I have 31 years onboard.

    Please PM me or contact me via this site or email. I would enjoy meeting every one of you but need to make sure I am around when you are.

    Looking forward to it !!

    Capt. R
     

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