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Old 18-02-2013, 10:36   #16
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

Newt,

personally the thread I get the most from, and follow the most, is this one:

LiFePO4 Batteries: Discussion Thread for Those Using Them as House Banks

I think the experimentation going on there, and the results that are posted, are pretty compelling. However, I doubt most newbs are interested or would find that thread useful. So then the question becomes "what threads do I think would be most useful for someone new?" and I have a much more difficult time answering that. For instance, there is no single "what's the best anchor" thread that I think covers the entire question in a manner that is accessible. And more importantly, would probably like to send them to "Proper anchoring technique and etiquette", and haven't found that at all
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Interesting thoughts to say the least. But lets try to get specific threads- even 10 of them would be worth putting up a FAQ. It seems that buying a boat is popular subject, if we could just find a thread that would distill our thoughts....
I think the Long-Distance WiFi Device thread is packed with useful information that is of interest to just about anyone on CF. It definitely deserves to be on the list.
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:50   #18
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

I think one should be a "realities of ownership" thread.

There is not one that I remember though.

I know I saw some realities before we bought but I must have missed (ignored?) some (many?) and found out though we could afford it we could not "use" as much as we thought (rationalized?) and so it sat with the maintenance and repairs being the same (more?). Could not justify keeping it up.
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

That "making money" thread might not have all (or many?!) answers, but keeps popping back up - and is a frequent question.

and perhaps how to get a Free Boat......

....and something about Pirates?!
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

chart vs plotter has got to be a growing #1 since more people are coming to grief as a result of relying too much on artificial skills instead of basic seamanship and common sense////////////
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Old 18-02-2013, 11:03   #21
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

Well I could say the top five are the threads that answered questions I posted but aside from that here's a few that I liked. I tried to pick threads covering different several aspects of cruising or sailing. I do have to say that picking the top five most important may be impossible. What is important to me may be irrelevant to someone else. A thread that teaches one sailor a lifesaving lesson may be something that another sailor has known for years. At the end of the day I think that is one of the best things about this forum. There is something for almost everyone, no matter what kind of boating and at what level he or she is at.

1. LiFePO battery thread
2. Electric propulsion threads like Electric Propulsion Update
3. Because I'm in the market for solar then a couple of threads on that subject are good.
Best Solar Panels For The Buck
4. A good thread on seamanship Series Drogues & Heaving To
5. Then because I plan to see Europe in a couple of years after I give up full time employment (no not retiring, just cutting back).8 Years in the Med?
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I think the current thread about the cat next life going aground has some very important lessons for us all regarding the use and reliance on one source of navigation info around unfamiliar islands. It has certainly made me rethink my over reliance on Navionics!

I am grateful to Rolf for being so open and for his willingness to share his experience no matter how hard it must be for him and his family.

That thread is based on real life and is therefore invaluable IMHO.

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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

Newt, it's a good concept, but a "loser" when it comes to asking others what their Top Anythings may be. It's like asking "What's the best...anchor, religion, wiring system???"

I did something like what you are suggesting, and came up with this over the course of many years, and it's far, far, far from Top 10 even. There's just too much stuff around. I use it for links to answer those reptitive questions...

"101" Series - Quick Links to "Popular" Topics

The intro explains it all...

Over the past decade or more, "regular" topics come up repeatedly. In developing responses to questions, many of us use the handy links to earlier discussions. I've recently begun to develop some "101" topics, which are groups of links to popular subjects and those discussions. I'll leave this topic as a sticky, and add any new "101"s that may develop. Many of them include links to other websites and message boards, since boat systems are not always boat-specific.
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

Now this thread is quickly becoming one of my favorites...
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

That is a very interesting link Stu. Moderators- would you be willing to do something like that? Open up a sailing 101 on CF?
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That is a very interesting link Stu. Moderators- would you be willing to do something like that? Open up a sailing 101 on CF?
and where would all the fun be in that?

it would be a bit like just giving "Eve" the apple of knowledge,and look where that got the human race
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

Great idea Stu

Newbie’s may want to start here

"101" Series - Quick Links to "Popular" Topics
1)Buying a boat
2)Boat cleaning
3)Bottom painting
4)Docking
5)Engines
6)Anchoring
7)Navigating
8)Electrical Systems
9)Solar
10)Single Handing
11)Medical on the water
12)Transmission
13)Head Replacement & repair
14)Head Odors
15)Head Hoses
16)Fresh Water System
17)Yearly De-commissioning
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

Cotemar,

Thanks. That was just one guy's (mine) effort and trying to avoid retyping the same answers to the same questions.

We had the same discussion over on our C34 website. I've always felt that trying to "categorize" boat information was a challenging task. For example: where does "alternator" go? Electrical or engine, or both? For our one-design boats, we ended up with this list: Catalina 34 - C34 We also made up a spreadsheet that cross-referenced material on Technical Notes from as long ago as 1987. We've been doing it for some time now.

Perhaps our experiences can help you from "reinventing the wheel."

One of the key things I learned was different people approach research (and homework!) differently. Some use the INDEX or search engines, others crave Tables of Contents and do not go to the index first. Major, major different learning experiences and abilities to find material.

But then again, the purpose of this thread is that while there are always new things to learn, many of the basic questions have been asked and answered. We have an evolving sport/hobby and the internet has enabled us to share our experiences with many more folks.

OTOH, sometimes it makes me scream and suggest that the OP read a bloody book! Then, of course, they ask "What book?" "Have you tried the search engine...

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Great idea Stu

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"101" Series - Quick Links to "Popular" Topics
1)Buying a boat
2)Boat cleaning
3)Bottom painting
4)Docking
5)Engines
6)Anchoring
7)Navigating
8)Electrical Systems
9)Solar
10)Single Handing
11)Medical on the water
12)Transmission
13)Head Replacement & repair
14)Head Odors
15)Head Hoses
16)Fresh Water System
17)Yearly De-commissioning
18)Yearly Re-commissioning
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20)Engine Overheating
21)Stuffing Box
22)Winterizing an Engine on the Hard
23)Posting Photos
24)Portlights
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Cotemar,

Thanks. That was just one guy's (mine) effort and trying to avoid retyping the same answers to the same questions.

We had the same discussion over on our C34 website. I've always felt that trying to "categorize" boat information was a challenging task. For example: where does "alternator" go? Electrical or engine, or both? For our one-design boats, we ended up with this list: Catalina 34 - C34 We also made up a spreadsheet that cross-referenced material on Technical Notes from as long ago as 1987. We've been doing it for some time now.

Perhaps our experiences can help you from "reinventing the wheel."

Good luck,

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