Originally Posted by Paul Elliott
....................... This "reference section" isn't a bad idea, but it sounds like a lot of work for someone.
This topic should be read right after reading this one: Is Cruisers sailing forum losing it's way - Page 6 - Cruisers & Sailing Forums
Yes, Paul, it was/is a lot of work. Here's an example:
Systems 101 Electrical Systems 101
The opening paragraph reads: ''Over the past decade or more, "regular" electrical topics come up repeatedly. In developing responses to questions, many of us use the handy links to earlier discussions. I've developed this "Electrical 101" topic, which is a group of links to popular subjects and those discussions. Many of them include links to other websites and message boards, since boat electrical systems are not boat-specific. Many thanks to Maine Sail, not only for his contributions to this message board, but for his "Musings with Maine Sail"...
I can't recall
the number of times I've posted this link in response to basic electrical questions, which are, uhm, recurring.
And then the response sometimes is: There's TOO MUCH information!
I've also just, most times, pasted a few excerpt links from that big resource.
I, too, used to do the "why don't you search?" and realized not too many people knew how to do that. The post here in how to do it made me giggle a bit, 'cuz if folks can run a sailboat and get as far as this forum, shouldn't they be able to figure out how to do a search? How did they find this place to begin with? And now, unlike the old days, most sites have Google
forum searches. So except for egregious posts, I just provide links. Retyping gets real old for me, but I applaud many who seem to like doing it. John's got a great Tips & Tricks about electronics
. Seems like no new posters ever read it.
On another boating
forum I got castigated for suggesting Google
. Another skipper
replied that he'd answered the guy's question with a (gasp!) Google search. Finding low prices is a good example. You actually want someone else to do it for you?
But it's like homework and research
, another recurring topic. However, where the fur starts flying is when a post starts off with this mind-bender: "I know this has been discussed a lot before, but I can't find it..." and then asks a question about which anchor
(choose your poison here!
) is best! Or if there has just been a discussion about it.
Interesting and Recurring Topics
These started out as a Top Ten, but...
1. Electrical systems and issues – usually start out with something like: “electrical issues are a mystery to me…my electrical knowledge is not very extensive…” Buy Boatowners Illustrated Electrical Handbook
by Charlie WING, and, with a little sleuthing, you can even find that the complete text is available online
2. Stuffing Box – What size is my flax? Can I do it in the water
3. Freshwater pumps – For your faucets, not your engines. All freshwater pump vendors manuals
have troubleshooting guides, and those manuals
are available online.
4. ST4000 autopilot
failures, most times it’s the belt, or someone’s put a BIG piece of metal near the fluxgate compass
or cetol – what individual skippers like varies, with the skipper
6. Anchors – which one is “Best?”
7. LEDs – “I would like to replace the lights with LED bulbs…Has any one done this and, if so, where did you source your bulbs?” Go to www.marinebeam.com
8. What should I look for when I’m looking at a new-to-me boat? (budget, size, going where?)
9. 3M 5200 – Where do I use it?
10. How long it would take to motor
, how far that is, and what could be the fuel
cost from Maine to Key West
? If you have to ask…
11. What position should I leave the transmission
in when sailing?
12. Interfacing electronics Best Wheel Autopilot for C30 ?? | SailboatOwners.com Forums
I want a new emoticon:
:PLEASE read the blinkin' links:
Please, please, please.