I'm not keen on joining a Yahoo group, as I don't much like the way they operate. I belong to one that promotes recycling. I get too many emails from them and many of these relate to scams and other on-line security
I would prefer to use Cruiser Forum or The Cruising Association ( though that might be too UK focused for some.
This year we've sailed our Bowman 40 from Poole in the UK to Almerimar in Spain
. The boat has been fantastic, with very few issues. Crossing Biscay and sailing down the Portuguese Atlantic coast (big swell on the stern quarter), we always felt completely safe and secure. Yes, there is limited stowage compared with more modern, wide-stern designs,so no bicycles, generator
; but one of the things we have enjoyed about the cruising life is the necessity to simplify our consumer-driven lives.
Perhaps this is part of the reason I do not want to join another on-line group that would increase the number of emails. Most of the time we have a slow internet
connection, so keeping in touch already takes too much of our time. Forums
such as this one allow us to dip in and out when we can, rather than ones that push information out at us.
What do other Bowman owners think?