I had an idea.
As I'm sure is the case for many of you, in addition to camaraderie, tales and general community, I often come here seeking straight advice and hard-won information. So far, I've replaced halyards, made decisions as to hardware
, my dinghy
, learned how to re-caulk teak
decks, shot my first sun sights, selected my anchor
and proper rode
configuration, learned how to calculate my maximum theoretical hull speed
, improved my docking
technique, planned cruises, and countless other things I've just absorbed along the way I'm sure.
I love the forum format, don't get me wrong, and I'd never want to see that change. But what if CF members also pooled their collective wisdom in some form of cruisers wiki project
hosted here? In effect, it would be the distillation of all of these thousands of threads into one of the most pragmatic cruising "manuals" ever conceived - written not by one writer with his/her necessary perspective, but the accumulation of hundreds' of cruisers' experience. We could package it up into chapters - I'm sure a publisher would take it on, or it could be published digitally here on the site. Could use the proceeds towards a charity or a set of charities once costs were recouped.