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Old 01-02-2008, 04:47 PM   #1
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I just did a quick sift thru a number of Profiles and find that most Members don't post anything at all about who they are, where they've been or what they have done are doing.

If I'm not mistaken, this information is only available to other Members and I'm wondering why they're being so coy about even the basics. On the other hand, maybe the registration procedure doesn't suggest that this stuff may be of interest to others or maybe it's just something that people intend to add and then, like so many things, forget.

Perhaps, of course, it's just that those who've been around for a while already know each other pretty well but this ain't true for newbies who may not have the time or inclination to go thru all their Topics and Posts

Call me a nosey parker if you must but when sharing a pint, hanging onto a stay or otherwise chatting over the garden fence I do like to know to whom I'm talking or listening - you never know, it might come in useful someday.

I'm not, of course, suggesting that any of this stuff should be mandatory - just that it's always nice to put a face (literally and/or figuratively) to an opinion!

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Old 01-02-2008, 05:01 PM   #2
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You beat me to this post. It would be so good to know where members are from - what part of the world.

A call to members to update their profiles:

"My Controls" - menu at the top of the page.

C'mon everyone!
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:24 PM   #3
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I had thought I had done this by introducing myself, and filling in my interest? I tried to copy, and paste my first hello, but it was to big. So here goes I am going to just paste it here, and be the first.....LOLOLOLOLOL. Maybe there should be, or maybe there already is a spot in my controls? Did I miss something?

My first attempt just went into cyberspace somewhere? So here we go again. We are Melanie, and John. We sail a 46ft cat, IMAGINE, built by Booteswerft in Germany, and designed by Simpson. The true designer is a man from the Carolinas, but Simspon refined his design, and applied his name to the boat.

I have single-handed my first boat, FROLIC a 30ft. Columbia, from SF Ca. to Cabo San Lucas Mexico, and back to SF. Many things went wrong on that adventure so long ago, but I fell deeply in love with the lifestyle.

Right after buying the cat I married Melanie, and we picked up the boat in St. Maarten. We took 6 weeks to arrive in Daytona Florida. It was a large learning curve for Melanie. She does her trick at the wheel, and loves it. Makes many of the navigation decisions, and even learned how to swim. We had one of the greatest crew members an owner can ask for, Jim.....thank you Jim where ever you are!

Since then Melanie, and I have managed the boat alone. We have spent several seasons in the Bahamas, and always returned to Florida for the hurricane season. After almost 4 years of no income I had to go back to work, and Melanie is working also. We are trying to prepare ourselves financially to move to the Philippines via the cat.

The Bahamas are so pretty, but Melanie would like to move home to the Philippines. I would like to sail there. I have spent several months travelling around the Philippines, and have fallen in love with them.

Our goal here is to meet some new friends while we are only daysailing the boat. One can never learn enough, and I have found a vast treasure trove in other peoples experiences. Looking forward getting some hellos, and how are yous.....LOL....John
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We are trying to prepare ourselves financially to move to the Philippines via the cat.
John

How long will you be working at building up your cruising kitty? When do you think you will "take off" for the Phillies?
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:20 PM   #5
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I opened a new business 18 months ago, and only now will I start taking a check. I did not think it would take this long, but life gives to us what it wants to. It is what we do with it that counts. I have leased my home with an option to buy at a descent price, and it looks like I may get rid of a lein I have on a piece of property in Ca.

I am hoping these 2 come together at the same time, so I can move the business to my own commercial site. I am thinking if this happens I can sell out in about 3 more years, and for the rest of my life get a nice check monthly for the rent. Plus the check for the business itself at the sale. This will be the second time I have done this same plan.

I am 56, so I am thinking by 60 I can sail to the Phils. I want to build a small house on Mt. Apo, and sail the islands for 6 months out of the year. I have spent several months there, and visited a 1/2 dozen islands. I love it there, and especially the people. My love, wife, is a Filapina.

My brother-in-law owns a small candy factory, so hopefully we can get enough land to help supply him with fruit for his candies. Every couple of months I cruise the properties for sale in the Phils to kind of keep an eye on the cost of the kind of property I am looking for. So far it is looking like 40k to 80k USD will get me what I want.

One last thought is that I will hopefully use solar panels, wind generators, and a backup deisel to power the house on a 12 volt. The power we have on Imagine gives us more than we need to keep her going. My thought is to double this system for a home with a little more square footage than Imagine. The house will have a huge veranda, and an outside kitchen.

AS ALWAYS TIME WILL TELL!......LOLOLOLOL....John
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Looked at my profile- it's pretty slim. But then I had huge difficulties when I first tried to post here, so I was just happy to get on.

We live on the Texas "Redneck Riviera" Half way between Houston and Corpus Christi, on a large bay called Matagorda and of course, on the Gulf Of Mexico.

I'm 67 years old and first climbed onto a sailboat in 1957. A wooden Penquin. I'm a professional boat builder and also do restoration work and repairs on boats. Since 2001 I've built 10 boats - sailboats, , kayaks, dinghies ranging from 6 '6" to 22 feet plus masts, rudders, booms, whatever.

My wife started sailing when we got together 16 years ago. Since then she's raced single hand one designs and kicked butt doing it. She's a really top notch sailor and is perfectly capable of single handling our boat. In fact, in September she took it on a 11 day single hand cruise down the coast. She's 44 years old

we currently sail a Rhodes Meridian built in Holland in 1961. She's 25 feet on deck and we've cruised her as much as 6 weeks at a time so far. We got her as a total wreck three days before she was to be chain sawed and returned her to complete top notch condition ( I AM a boat repair specialist . )

My wife is a very fine artist and also capable of running any tool in our wood shop. She does great wood work and all of our finish work.

I've buiilt and lived aboard a 35 foot Cross Trimaran, crewed on Class D and E offshore racing boats and also crewed on board a 50 foot Schooner. Done delivery trips along the east coast of the US, and in the Gulf of Mexico.

We hope to finish paying off ALL our debts this year and then be free to go for some short ( 4-6 month) cruises aboard our Meridian. If my wife likes it as much as we both think she will, we'll be in the market for something we can live aboard, but still small enough that she can handle alone- say 28- 32 feet. She's 5'2 and weighs about 105 pounds, so a huge boat won't get it .
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The Idea that Profiles could be expanded either at the time of registration as a member or later once that member feels comfortable has real merit. Many times when interacting with others in posts, a little back-round relative to the boats they have or boats they like to have, would be useful - possibly even more useful could be any cruising history that they might like to share with other members.

A few extra words in Controls >>>Profile

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I think profiles is a great idea. I have been here since Sept. I think?????? I have gotten a good feel for most people that participate in the discussions. That takes time, and some participation though. Profiles would be a quick launch into what some one is about.

When I set out for Mexico alone in 93. I was in a low mood for mankind. Living in a big city like S.F Ca. can do that. Life had been a bit rough on me. As I put miles under Frolic's keel. I began meeting people, and my love for people began to return. Cruisers mostly are kind, generous, and extremely helpful to complete strangers. I am glad I found this site, and thanks to all here.....John
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For those without Avatars - some new ones (onsite) have been added to the BASE GALLERY for you to choose from.

My Controls (menu at top of page) -> Update Avatar (L/H menu) -> select an avatar from "Base Gallery".

Also, a new section has been added to "profiles" - ABOUT ME.

PLEASE update your profile as it really helps us all in our community to know a little about you & where you are located.

NOTE: Only registered members can read "profiles" on our boards. This means that there is no access for "guest" visitors, search engines, robots, etc.
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Hello into the round,

I'd say it takes some time to "feel at home" when new to the forum. You read here and there in some threads that catches your interest and over the time you get to know the whole community better an maybe you start to like it!

Then sooner or later you feel comfortabe with how its members interact and communicate and you decide to leave the anonymous guest status and become a member. (What I loved to do over a year ago.)

And as a new member you have to introduce youself to the others and this introduction will be different from person to person.

I liked your picture, Peter, of "sharing the pint" or talking over the garden fence. Very nice! It is like sitting in your cockpit, talking to your neighbour yachtsman.

But I see a difference on the net: Everyone (guests and all members) can participate in this (not longer little) round and therefor I'd rather like to compare the situation with a bigger round of friends and guests, talking about the thing we love most: boating and sailing and the setting is more of a big meeting with fellow sailors coming in and going out and participating in this and that "workshop". Some you get to know well, some you just know from seeing. It's the fishbole-type of conference: some active members inside and visitors and viewers outside (who can step in, if they wish.) And in this type of setting you act different than at the table with few other fellows (and the barkeeper).

And then it is a cultural thing of how much of your personal information and plans you present and WHEN you do it: I lived a longer time in the United States and found it wonderful how easy it was to get in contact with people having "the pint of beer". Back here in Europe (at least where I live) it seems that we take more time to open up, warming up more slowly. Therefor some members offer personal things in their profile sooner, some later (what I did, and Peter, you visited my profile when I had nothing in it - guess I belong to the group of members taking the time of sharing the pint. But I filled gap because it is nicer than to present an empty peace of paper... )

BUT I love the idea of at least knowing a little more about the fellow members and what makes up our common interests: our boats or boats we have in mind! (Arn't we proud of them?) It's like in a Marina or on an ancorage: seeing a boat, finding it interesting, rowing over or knocking on the bow and maybe it is a start of a nice over the fence talk. about experiences, plans and so on.

Suggestion: A section in the profile of "my boat"? Space for one or two pictures? It is not as big as an own picture gallery some members might hesitate to build.

And maybe using the informal way of getting to know others better: leaving and receiving personal messages?

Saying cheers out of Aquaria's cockpit, high and dry, in an aluminum-shed fr the summer, clear skies, warm outside, heating up the shed to 34C on deck level (32C below), warm beer and what haunts us most at the moment: after 32 years she needs a new engine...

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I just updated my profile info!
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