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Old 17-02-2013, 19:10   #1
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What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

For many of us that have been here for a while, we see a lot of fluff here on CF. There is buying a boat time, place who and what. There is sailing what when with who and so forth. There is should I buy ___ or just sit on my boat and drink rum. But which threads have you gained the most from?
Once I have a bunch of contenders, I will put it to a vote. The top 5 I will ask the Mods to place in a FAQ somewhere. That way when some newbie asks we can say "See #3"
I will start off- I think the original cruising for under 500 a month was pretty good..
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

i'll second that. cruising for under $500 a month.

we don't have to, but i secretly admire those who can...
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Old 17-02-2013, 19:59   #3
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

the electrical threads, but you have to have read a bunch of them for years to really make use of them
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

I will second Dons note on Electrical threads. I truly wish I could remember all the great advice given!
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Old 18-02-2013, 05:47   #6
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

I will suggest the refurb thread (see my sig!) - Not so much about how to (nor even "go for it!"), but really as a cautionary tale for those who have a small budget and big eyes!........"I've found this really great 50 footer for $10k that needs a bit of TLC - will it take 3 or 4 weekends to fix?"

I think a FAQ page has merit (even if CF don't go for it could even be done outside of the forum!) - I would suggest the top 5 subjects (not threads), with perhaps a max of 3 threads under each (plus a link to the relevant sub-forum?). My thinking is that one thread does not usually cover everything......and even the $500 a month thread is in 2 threads! (the first one got locked!).
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CF FAQ:

1 turn off your computer.
2 get out of you armchair.
3 sail f$$king away.
4 nothing is easier.
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Old 18-02-2013, 06:25   #8
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CF FAQ:

1 turn off your computer.
2 get out of you armchair.
3 sail f$$king away.
4 nothing is easier.
Hahahaha! +1......except #4. After reading the forums it would appear that NOTHING in sailing is easy........doh.
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Old 18-02-2013, 08:22   #9
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

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

Newt, this is really hard. I say this because I have found that for every sailor there is a different 'opinion'. Ultimately I do like the threads like 'Shoestring' it encompasses a lot about the cruising lifestyle, things to look out for, and things to consider. BUT, most of sailing is about what suits each individual. Some can live off of beans and rice, some cannot....if you catch my drift. I applaud what you are trying to do....and damn if it wouldn't be nice if it could be 'just that simple', but I also applaud how the site is already set up in that if I am looking for live-aboard 'opinions', I can go straight there in the forums tab.

Are there better live-aboard posts than others? Well, I think that depends on what opinion one is looking for. But I could see that there might be a 'top 5' in the live-aboard section....a top 5 for me that is.
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

I would also have to say cruising under $500
The bucket list was pretty funny

At the bottom of the list...all the newbies with..."What boat should I buy in 2025. It has to be at least 45-65ft. long".
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

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At the bottom of the list...all the newbies with..."What boat should I buy in 2025. It has to be at least 45-65ft. long".
To go along with the bottom of the list add any first post with the word "bluewater" in the subject line.
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

Or anything that starts with "What's the Best"......
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

The newbie’s always ask about

1)Buying a boat
2)Boat cleaning
3)Bottom painting
4)Docking
5)Engines
6)Anchoring
7)Navigating
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Re: What are the top 5 most important threads of all time?

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The newbies always ask about

1)Buying a boat
2)Boat cleaning
3)Bottom painting
4)Docking
5)Engines
6)Anchoring
7)Navigating
That's all I hear "experienced" people talking about offline as well.
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