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Old 28-04-2015, 09:52   #1
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Hi Folks

I built a steel Colvin schooner back in the mid 90s and have been cruising and living aboard full time since then. I've spent a lot of time in Spain, Portugal and Morocco and in Bermuda and the western Caribbean, mainly Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico and Jamaica.

I'm in the middle of a big refit inside and out and am also converting from gaff schooner rig to a Chinese ketch in recognition of advancing years. I want to keep sailing as long as possible and to make it as easy as possible.

I originally thought of joining this forum because I want to sell the gaff schooner sails and some other other gear which has become redundant but now that I think about it, I would also like get in touch with any liveaboard cruisers presently on Lake Ontario, anyone living aboard full time in Nova Scotia, anyone who has a Chinese rig, anyone building or refitting a boat in the Lake Ontario area.
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Old 28-04-2015, 11:52   #2
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Howdy and Welcome Aboard the Forum SchoonerLad!

I like metal boats too (and Junk rigged boats too), so I think your background is interesting and your cruising experience would be interesting to others here too, if you post something about your experiences (e.g. refit of your boat, conversion to lug sails or Junk rig, use of gaff rig, cruising grounds you visited, etc.).

Since you are somewhat new to this forum (or so your post's title says), let me mention a few things you might have missed but that could help you more enjoy your time here:

There are also some "social groups" that are more focused on special interests. I am not a member of those groups, but you should be able to find them if you do some exploring of the forum website, look for "groups."

Cruisers & Sailing Forums - All Groups

Metal Boat Owners Group (74 members)

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You can also post a profile (when you sign up you can create a profile on this site or edit it later) and in that you can also post photos and a description of your sailing desires or experiences. I took a quick look at your profile and saw it is currently empty.

You may click on a member's name (avatar) to see their public profile and through that page you can also send them private messages if you wish. You can look at mine for an example, and see I have written something and also posted some photos in an album.

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 (due to 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.

Not everyone does post any written "bio" or even a photo of themselves, but I think it adds to the human factor of a community to see a face and know a little about that person, and makes it more "personal."

I also encourage the use of a photo of the sailor (or couple) as the avatar. I think it also adds to the "human community" aspect of the online experience.

Good luck on your continued sailing adventures and I do hope you will post more, as I am sure you have a lot of interesting experiences that would help others better understand cruising, at least from your point of view.

Sincerely,
Steady
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