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Old 23-05-2015, 07:12   #1
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Another Newbie

Hi All.
Just signed on to Cruisersforum. I came across this via OpenCPN Forum. I first tried to enter this introduction via my "Slimbrowser", however it leaves only an empty entry. So I use Google Chrome now; no prob. The world is just not compatible.

We, that is my wife MARY ANN, myself HORST, and my yacht ALMA, are living in Munich, Germany while the boat (a Bavaria 38/2003) is berthed in Slowenia.

I will retire mid of July and wwe will spend the a lot of time on ALMA sailing up and down the Adriatic. We have no plans in making great passages or doing any other amazing things, just enjoy life, peace and places. (And of course good food !!).

I hope to conrtibute to the forum and will read and study whenever time permits.
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Old 23-05-2015, 07:49   #2
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Hi Horst and welcome to the forum.

Sounds like a great plan. Have fun and enjoy the retirement. If you get bored with the Adriatic you can always pop over to the Caribbean for a short visit.
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Hi All.
Just signed on to Cruisersforum. I came across this via OpenCPN Forum. I first tried to enter this introduction via my "Slimbrowser", however it leaves only an empty entry. So I use Google Chrome now; no prob. The world is just not compatible.

We, that is my wife MARY ANN, myself HORST, and my yacht ALMA, are living in Munich, Germany while the boat (a Bavaria 38/2003) is berthed in Slowenia.

I will retire mid of July and wwe will spend the a lot of time on ALMA sailing up and down the Adriatic. We have no plans in making great passages or doing any other amazing things, just enjoy life, peace and places. (And of course good food !!).

I hope to conrtibute to the forum and will read and study whenever time permits.
Howdy and Welcome Aboard the Forum Horst and Mary Ann!

You posted some good info in your intro.

I have not yet been sailing in the Adriatic, but I hope to someday in the future. From the photos I have seen, it looks beautiful and I like history, so would like to see some of the ports around that sea and further in the Med and Aegean too. The food? I know I would enjoy exploring the delicious local foods too!

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Since you have posted relevant information in your "Meet & Greet" post, simply copy some of that to you profile "About Me" page, because the "Meet & Greet" post will soon disappear into the archives in a matter of days.

I also see the About Me tab/page as a good place to post any long-term requests you might have. For example, I am an artist who likes to paint sailboats. So I have an "evergreen" long-term request or appeal asking that any sailor who has taken a photo or snapshot of a traditional or special sailboat, to please contact me via a Private Message (PM) and let me see their photos of those boats, as I am always looking for new models (reference photos) to use in future paintings I might make. Since you will be in the Adriatic, you might come across some interesting old boats. If so, it would give us another reason to connect, and I find that fun. Other sailors may have other long-term requests (e.g. looking for some special boat part, looking to connect with owners of a type of boat, looking for information about their boat model). The About Me page is a good place to keep that long-term request visible, especially as owners of your brand of boat may look there.

I encourage you to complete the profile early in your membership in the forum, so those people who would like to know something about a new member can learn. I did not post a complete profile (only due to my ignorance about that feature of the site), until after I noticed that my empty profile page had already had 1,000 views by forum members. This meant I missed sharing information with those 1,000 folks who had some level of interest in who I am. I missed the chance to connect with others who have more shared interests, and I might have missed some possible friendships too. I was completely surprised at how many people look at member profiles, so it really is used and viewed and can be a good way of sharing information and connecting and relating. I firmly believe it can help a member (individual or couple) and a community in many ways.

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Hello and Welcome,
I am looking forward to hearing your experiences cruising in the Adriatic! You will have a lot of good tips for us here!
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, landes h.
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