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
Cruisers & Sailing Forums - Metal Boat Owners
Profiles Help People Relate
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.