Where has this forum gone?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by highslice, May 17, 2017.

  1. Steve Franklin

    Steve Franklin Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 19, 2010
    San Diego
    2003 420
    twin cummins
    Hey Highslice, I wasn't ragging on you I was bragging on you, great post, and also thank you Jim! Steve
  2. trflgrl

    trflgrl Active Member

    Jun 23, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    Highlighting, not limiting, as pretty pictures of pretty ladies using the boat seem to be plentiful already.
  3. mtnandy

    mtnandy Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Smith Mountain Lake VA.
    400da sundancer
    Cat 3116 Diesel
    I agree, they came after me over a bilge heater post.
  4. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    I hate to say it but the most civilized and enjoyable site I've followed for years is a fairly heavily moderated regional motorcycle site. You can criticize and disagree but no personal attacks are tolerated. Friendly banter and general smart-assism is enjoyed and encouraged. Those folks who show up with little to offer but quick to stir the pot are disposed of. I get TONS of information and help from the members and have met some great people. The group is good enough that I've been to Mexico with a complete group of strangers and am going again in October.

    This site is a close second though with a few exceptions that I just ignore.
  5. mobocracy

    mobocracy Member

    Jun 29, 2014
    United States
    310 Sundancer
    350 Mag & Bravo III
    I think this site is a wealth of information, but I often struggle finding relevant information. Not just here, but on other forums, I find the single-topic persistent mega-thread to be really difficult to navigate and get useful information out of. But it's not a problem unique to this site.

    My other criticism is that there may be too many sub-forums. If you try to be a good netizen and post in a more specific subforum, your post doesn't draw many eyeballs, and thus the "general discussion" topic ends up being the place where most action takes place, perhaps diluting specific topics or searches.

    If I was to break the forum up, I would break it up similar to Sea Ray's model lineup.

    Sport Cruisers (Sundancer 260 - 370)
    Bow Riders (all open bow boats)
    Sport Yachts/Yachts (all boats over 370)
    Marine GPS/Radar/Sonar
    Marine Electrical - DC & AC Power
    Gasoline Engines
    Diesel Engines

    I don't think more specific forums are necessarily helpful, neither are the mega-threads. Audio/visual feels like a general post-specific topic (but not mega thread) for the models sections since they will likely have common issues, like original equipment, speaker placement, wire runs, common to their models.

    What I really wish was if there was a way to pay somebody to cull the forums and translate it into a wikipedia-type site for all the specific information.
  6. 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.
    Jim, please don't change a thing.
  7. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    I love CSR -- don't change a thing. I think FrankW's post was spot on. Many of the long-time folks have either sold their boats, gotten busy with life, or have moved beyond the newbie stage and don't have as many questions as they did in the beginning so they post less. In the meantime, we've had a bunch of great new members who really add positive questions and answers. Sure, it's gotten tamer but that's not a bad thing because the drama tends to spiral out of hand too quickly.

    Keep up the great work Jim and all of my online friends here!!!
  8. randerson

    randerson Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Upper Mississippi River, Minnesota
    1998 400 DB
    7.4 Mercrusier Horizons

    I couldn't agree more! I miss some of the bantering but the things I've learned on this site are invaluable!
  9. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    I find the best way to search for info on this site is to Google my inquiry with "club sea ray" at the end. It usually gets me to a bunch if threads with some pertinent info in each.
    And, I wasn't complaining about the site at all, just trying to shed some light on the reason my visits decreased as possibly the reasons others have too. There were some real A-holes here a while back. Got tired of their BS is all.
    I still check in, especially when I find a topic relevant to me.

    Sent from my SM-J320V using Tapatalk

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    I check in here at least once a day, usually from my phone. I have learned a great deal over the years and try to help others when I have an answer to a question. Thanks Jim for all you do! As to personal attacks and civility, this site is very well mannered. I moderate a collector firearms forum and as we have grown so too has the level of improper posts and personal attacks. I can tell you first hand that this site is VERY well behaved. I rareley see a mod have to shut somebody sldown or lock a topic. I'm a tough mod on the gun board and have locked plenty of topics and banned a few jerks so I can say with confidence that we are a good group here. I'll have a few pics to post in the classic section later tonight.
  11. Boatingnut

    Boatingnut Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Saugatuck, MI
    2001 Neptunus 56 Express
    3196 Cats
    I check in daily, answer questions when I can and occasionally reach out to other members, which has been invaluable.

    Maybe because I am on a Mac, but searching the site does not work well for me. No results or too many.

    Other than that, this site has been an enormous help to me when I have issues I cannot figure out.

    As far as having fun, not sure everyone is ready for my sarcasm and lack of PC! So I behave myself here.
  12. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    The best way to search CSR is to put the following into the Google search bar: site:clubsearay.com search term

    For example: site:clubsearay.com "blue smoke" will only search clubsearay.com and find posts that contain phrase blue smoke. If you remove the quotes it will find posts with blue and smoke.
  13. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
  14. fc3

    fc3 Just another eclectic geek TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 12, 2006
    Northern NJ
    1999 Sea Ray 330DA
    Twin 7.4 MPI (310 propshaft HP) V-drives
    Twin Mercury Marine marinized 7.4L L-29 V8s
    Cast iron block w 4-bolt mains
    Hmm. Lots of posts. One by one, which is the best way...

    Please! Those were always my favorite!

    I could, but it's a secret so then I'd have to... you know the rest. Must I elaborate? Didn't think so.

    Dang it! Just when we're about to get a good portable generator on the swim platform thread going, Frank pours water, salt water probably, all over it. Which is precisely why you don't put portable generators on the swim platform where salt water can pour all over it. See what I did there? Clever, no?

    I don't have a new house excuse, but I do have a new kitchen and backyard excuse, so I'm playing those cards, plus I have the 34 year old, wanna get back on the road car excuse, so I'm playing that card, too.

    Frank! Are your Cats running rich? Soot on your transom? OMG! Say it ain't so!

    Thank for the memories!

    But basically, I think and could be wrong, but don't think that I am wrong.... It's all Gary's fault!
    But on the other hand, Gary got to enjoy the whole 510(k) PMA thingie, so there's that. :)

    Thank you very much!
    Best regards,
  15. AMFM3

    AMFM3 Active Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Okanagan Lake, British Columbia
    370 Sundancer 1995 Raymarine C 120 Plotter / Radar
    Dinghy with 9.9 hp Merc
    7.4 L Twin inboards, v drives
    Where did Frank go?

  16. fc3

    fc3 Just another eclectic geek TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 12, 2006
    Northern NJ
    1999 Sea Ray 330DA
    Twin 7.4 MPI (310 propshaft HP) V-drives
    Twin Mercury Marine marinized 7.4L L-29 V8s
    Cast iron block w 4-bolt mains
    The other, other Frank sold Impulse III and is enjoying OPF.
  17. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    We miss Impulse III and his 410. Fortunately he is our "neighbor" in SW FL and we look forward to seeing him and Karen this fall when we and Reward are back in Cape Coral.
  18. katricol

    katricol Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 4, 2008
    2000 540DA
    CAT 3196 660 HP
    Great site Jim, thanks and keep up the good work !!
  19. sandydlc

    sandydlc Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    Hi guys,

    I've only been a member for a year but I can tell you that I would not leave this site for anything since I can deal with nasty people when necessary (perks of being a business owner for so many years - nothing phases me!). We came from a 30' gas engine Chaparral and moved to a 450DA (diesel with pods) which is a HUGE change. I've learned so much here and I can personally credit those who reached out to me while we were working through a significant issue last winter with Mercury Marine with having that situation turn out to be very successful for our boat and for our family. As a result I am eternally grateful for the knowledge, the willingness to share and the fun experiences shared here as well (hello Rob in Australia!!).

    My company has been extremely busy for the past month but we're fully back into our regular cruising season so I'll be popping in more frequently in the months to come. I do try to respond to threads where I have knowledge to share and can potentially help someone else so my participation is not just limited to what I can get out of the forum. I agree that the large threads for each boat type tend to evolve into forums of their own so if there is a thought to reorganize threads or forum sections, I would love to see some of those larger threads go away. I'm sure there is a ton of good information in there that I'm missing out on threads where it's not my type of boat and so the thread appears to be not relevant to me.

    Regarding the "Women of Sea Ray" bikini threads - eh, I'd just as soon not see that stuff here. I'm a woman and most of the time I'm the captain of our vessel and those threads feel degrading to those mechanically-inclined women who are here for knowledge and not for looking at someone else's boobs (I have my own thanks!). Just my two cents and another perspective for those who might mistakenly assume that this is a men's-only club. (Aren't there enough bikini and boating related sites out there without cluttering CSR?)

    At any rate, I'll do my best to participate more frequently and I do hope that the tenor of this site more or less remains the same. Thoughtful and free sharing of information about our Sea Ray's that we love so much.

    Thanks guys,

    Sandy (yes - I'm a woman!!)
  20. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Nice thread to get people discussing the site but as Frank said, people are busy, life gets in the way and there are fewer things to ask for help with for me personally. I am in for helping as much as possible since I received so much direction, instruction and guidance here on CSR. I am happy to have gained the knowledge here to where I can share it with the newer crowd. From advice on buying my boats, engine maintenance, polishing to operating in close quarters. I have learned so much here that I will never forget. Not to mention, we have people like Frank and Rusty (first mention I have seen here of the captain) that can spin a yarn, help with any problem as well as provide sound advice to all of us!

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