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Old 13-01-2012, 11:28   #1
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A 1000 Thanks !

Thanks for letting me be part of the “community”.

A 1000 posts ago (about a year ago) I joined this, and a few other, sailing forums. This is the only one I visit regularly, and that is largely due to the quality of posters that contribute.

No question I or others have posted was deemed as too stupid; everyone didn't always agree (think anchor or gun threads), but there was a lot of informed opinion given, sometimes even rather vociferously.

Moderators have been patient with me and others; there have been a few of my postings “cancelled” by moderators and virtually every time I was informed why, in a very constructive manner.

So what have I, the neo-phyte, learned??

Tons. A lot I wish I was able to put into practise or try myself. A lot of things I assumed were right, but just as many were not, or only partially so.

Without categorizing, I learned informed opinions on:
  • Anchors
  • Rodes
  • Scope
  • Reefing and why
  • Advantages of different sail plans
  • What to be aware of teak decks
  • Learned some of the things to check pre-survey
  • A ton on buying a boat
  • Great discussion on dinks (soft, hard or maybe even kayak)
  • Weather windows
  • Avoid the Gulf Stream during north winds
  • Brokers – a lot of frustrating experiences by many
  • Why buying a Hunter is the best thing since sliced bread
  • Why buying a Hunter is the craziest thing a sailor could do
And so much more.

Then certainly there have been some interesting personalities, and NO one has opinions, right? Best I not single anyone out, but there are a ton of you I'd like to meet in person, and I am sure I will meet some of you.

And thank you for letting me contribute some of my thoughts. On some issues, I actually know what I am talking about (specifically on some mechanical aspects and ecological/conservation issues), on some opinion threads, I would contribute my perspective, and was great to get into some debates with some whose perspective may not be mine.

So, the plan is this year to actually be able to get out there. I'll stick around to ask, read, listen and contribute a bit myself.

Thanks all, this forum and it's contributors is so much appreciated.
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Old 13-01-2012, 11:34   #2
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Re: A 1000 thanks!

I feel the same way about this forum and the members. I almost could have saved my tuition to CMA, well not really but it sure has been informative.
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Old 13-01-2012, 11:37   #3
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Re: A 1000 thanks!

For that excellent post you get your fifth gold star.
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Old 13-01-2012, 11:45   #4
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Re: A 1000 thanks!

Congratulations on your 5th Gold Star! And thank YOU for your participation. We have many members now, many, many members - but there are a staunch few (hundred or so) that stand out from the crowd, and are willing to offer advice and help whenever possible.

Gord knows, I wouldn't like to single any out either. All I can say is that it is a pleasure being here... Thanks to members like yourself
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Old 13-01-2012, 12:21   #5
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Re: A 1000 thanks!

Awwww shucks, ......im filling up now.

I would like to say a big thanks to all my friends old and new, to my laptop for helping me to connect with you all, to the mods for not booting me completely, to the four winds for being there, to my critics for giving me something to fight against, to my shrink for keeping me out of trouble, to my sense of humour for helping me put up with the nutters in this loony tune world and finally to my enduring fan club for following the blog

I love you all.

Mwah xxx
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Nice post, AVB3. I have no idea what five stars means, but congratulations. Half the battle is not getting decent answers, it's asking decent questions.
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Nice post, AVB3. I have no idea what five stars means, but congratulations. Half the battle is not getting decent answers, it's asking decent questions.
We have little gremlins on staff whose sole enterprise is to keep an eye on the number of posts each member has. At 1000 post they give you your fifth star. Sadly they have a short attention span and so they only award a total of five stars.
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Thanks for the heads-up. And here I thought I was a special widdle snowfwake!
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