I've been away from this Forum for quite a spell while busy sailing WHOOSH across the Med, Atlantic and back up to St. Pete via the Caribbean
. (I've also been subsequently toiling over a 1.5 yr refurbishing project
to pay WHOOSH back for 8 great years of cruising). So...it looks like a few updates about the SSCA services are in order and I'll tag onto this thread for a quick update on the SSCA Equipment Survey
Past: It used to be done every 4 years, was a pain to fill out, therefore lacked large participation by the members, and was a pain to sort/publish BUT it did offer interesting info from a tough testbed of boat gear
users: liveaboards and cruising folks. (Gord's original post related to the last paper-based ES, which thankfully has gone the way of the Dodo Bird).
Present: A volunteer member
built & installed an on-line Equipment Survey to replace the paper version but, in fact, it's a very different animal. All the data is cumulative (we passed 2000 surveys by the middle of 2009, it's 2nd year in operation), anyone who's posted a survey can return later to update experience with a piece of gear
or to add a report on new gear (so the ratings and anecdotal info, over time, is able to 'mature'), and the equipment info is in ten segments that include basic info on the types/models/rigs/etc. of the boats that members have chosen for their cruising.
This is a service
intended for members and funded from the membership fees
(unlike e.g. the SSCA Discussion Board, which is open to All Hands). If this sounds like something you might want to take advantage of, you can visit ssca.org and take the Virtual Tour of all the current
services provided by the SSCA.
WHOOSH, lying Ortega River, FL USA