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About SurfMariner

  • Birthday 05/18/1954


  • About Me:
    Started Van Staal Engineering in 1987. Created the first Van Staal reels in1993 ran the company successfully until 2001. Started ZeeBaaS in 2005 as a new surf reel brand with great success (THEN!) . Started 3-TAND fly reels successfully in 2010. Started the Subaqua spinning reels successfully in 2015. Sold the Subaqua spinning reels and Vonaqua fly reels to Zebco to add to the Van Staal brand. Currently started a new series of reels as the Visser Reels brand. Ready to launch Spring of 2020
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Designing, Engineering challenges, Fishing, watches
  • What I do for a living:
    Managing my current company Visser Reels. New development efforts will be implemented soon for designing new spinning reels that will surpass anything I have created before. It will be the accumulation of more than 25 years of design knowledge that will be reflected in the new reels.

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  1. Please call Julio our service manager. We can possibly offer a discount on the latest version. However, we do stand behind all early versions to keep them working for you! For many we will go out of our way to keep repair cost minimal.
  2. With the proper sales receipt, yes going forward from November 1, 2023, you have the full 3-year warranty and first year free service!
  3. Ben, thanks for your honest review! I am chiming in here for a moment to let everyone know that no matter what, we stand behind our reels. Just because an improvement is shown, it does not mean there is something wrong. We are always striving for the ultimate refinement. Just before the holidays last year we introduced our new unprecedented and exclusive 3-year warranty for 2024! This includes a full free service during the first year of ownership. We have that kind of confidence on our reels. We will keep you going with our top-notch customer service with minimal turnaround time to get your reel back. I am always available directly for questions either on this forum, email or on social media. More warranty details you can find at www.visserreels.com. Thanks!
  4. It is interesting to me how this keep coming up about the early VS300. Bill had nothing to do with the early development and prototyping! The diagram was obviously created by me using an AutoCAD version of that time! The only credit I will give him is that we both came up with the idea to see if I could design a surf reel similar to the Crack 300, after I started manufacturing spare spools for him. Shortly after I did the reels initial diagram Bill and I separated! I relied on many hardcore surfcasters mostly from Long Island during the VS300 development! Those guys gave me tremendous feedback, and they deserve a lot of the credit for what was accomplished at that time, brining the Van Staal VS series in to being!
  5. Thanks for your comments, that means a lot to me! For the most part we do not have problem with the line lay. However, we can adjust it by raising the rotor with a spacer or trimming the hub the rotor is mounted to.
  6. If it has 2 screws on the side cover it is a gen1, 3 screw is a gen2.
  7. I had this problem with the line fraying about 28 years ago with the VS200 and VS300. It came from feedback from some of the top hardcore surf guys back then. After evaluating the newest VSX2 rotor, we found that there is a significant amount of flex in the rotor that can possibly crack the rotor over time of hard use. The line roller will flex and bend to the spool under heavy pressure! When the drag runs, the line moves up and down the spool. At its lowest point, the line will shave and fray over the sharp edge of the rotor! Of course, this is a significant issue! Shown here is our new PierMaster rotor mounted to a #7 VISSER Reel. This development reel was fished extremely hard in the surf by our top surf guy on Long Island for many months, catching hundreds of fish. Notice ample line clearance and the beefy heavy walled rotor that will not flex under heavy drag pressure. During the testing phase we had zero-line issues. The ported titanium line roller worked flawless! You will be able the swap out your current rotor with the new PierMaster rotor when it becomes available.
  8. It has been a while guys, but I am here to answer any questions you might have regarding the 1st and 2nd generation VISSER reels. We will help you in any way possible to make sure your first-generation reels perform. The 1st generation series with the 2 cover screws is sealed just as well as the 2nd generation using newer updated seals. We will stand behind them! Please contact our service manager Julio at julioq@visserreels.com ,he will be happy to take care of any upgrade you like to consider. We will make the upgrade cost very reasonable to you, and in some cases, you might only pay for the shipping cost. We will have a way for you to order parts from us directly. Diagrams will be available to download from our website soon. For your convenience, you will be able to buy the parts directly from our website sometime next month. I look forward to getting more involved so we can strive to keep making the best reels possible.
  9. Just for fun! I designed this for a Chinese company here in China a few years ago. They did make prototype samples. The spin-cast reel is mounted underneath with the line going through the very short rod tip. The illustration has the rubber band missing but you might get the idea! To load you simply use both hands to pull the band back and catch it in the notch of the arrow. The trigger also pushes the reel button to release the line at the same time the arrow is released. It worked very well, but the funny thing is that it did not get approved, and rejected for the market by the Chinese Government. We need to count our blessings that have our freedoms to design and build just about anything in the USA we can think of. Don't let the progressives take those rights away or we will lose those rights and become just like those other stiffs that do not like us to have our fun! Happy New Year!
  10. Thanks for asking me about where things stand. I have not been responding as quickly because for me it has been very busy. Please contact me directly any time, this forum is great and very informative but as an manufacturer we have to be carful how information is interpreted and explained by some on this forum that do not know the fine details. Our plan is to control final assembly in the USA, that will minimize any quality issues. We are working very hard to get past this first stage of introduction. We know that we have a great platform in our design on which to build many other models as well in the future, especially when I am back in the USA 100% and that will be sometime in March of 2021. A recent question we got was about the handle stem thread showing discoloration. This is not rust! That part is machined from high strength stainless steel. The discoloring is from the heat treatment. One customer very early on, broke his handle because the parts were not heat treated properly. We ended up exchanging all handles out there, inventory and in process handles to eliminate this problem. On another note, Please be sure the screws holding the side cover are tight! We had some reels with problems because the screws were loose from the factory. We will help anyone that has a questions! We strive to be the best and when I am back I hope to meet up with many of you so I can learn from your experiences! that's our common goal, and have fun at doing it too. I can't wait to be back in our great country the USA! Happy New Year to all you guys Thanks!
  11. Drilling a hole will not cause any sealing issues. We are not relieving pressure inside the housing, that is a big area. I mean to relieve the pressure between the spool shaft and the inside of the pinion bore. The step on the spool shaft will compress oil as it approaches the internal step in the pinion bore. Adding a hole at that location will allow the oil to escape. We are working on this and will let everyone know when we feel comfortable to put oil in the reel.
  12. Ok, I will do so, thanks! Let me know if you replaced the clutch, and what brand? Lets keep this discussion going, we look forward to get oil in our reels with reliability of course.
  13. We will also keep working on this soon and see what might be causing that. I am pretty sure it is happening inside the pinion bore that is stepped and the spool shaft! On the down stroke oil will get compressed given that bump. We will drill a small hole in the pinion to let the oil escape. If this solves the problem, We will evaluate adding that pressure relieve hole. I will advise the results. We like the idea of oil because the lubrication goes everywhere and servicing is a much cleaner job. In addition if an seal fails, you would know very quickly and catch any water entry before damage occurs.
  14. The seal can be removed by putting some pressure from the back using a round pin pushing on the stainless drag washer. The front seal is only retained by a lip on the edge of the seal bore it will push out! About the other questions, Yes we are planning for oil as well. In my opinion it is the best way to lubricate all the internals. We are just in the initial stages with our reels and plan for lots of options. I designed the reel so that updates and upgrades are simple for us to add in the future. Our first goal is to make sure the reels perform as we intended. We appreciate all input to achieve our goals. About the black anodize, and hard coat, at this point we do not see this as a problem! Also thanks for the bushing suggestions I will consider this for sure. We will have optional knobs available early next year and will get some samples out to some of you at no cost for helping us with all this great feedback!
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