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Old 31-05-2015, 08:32   #1
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Thanks for all of the help

Hi All,

Although this is my first post, I have been lurking here for quite a few years. But now that I have actually acquired a boat I thought I'd introduce myself.

About 20 years ago I cruised from the Chesapeake to the Caribbean and back to Florida where we sold the boat. It was a two year cruise and I always told myself that I would head out again . . . someday. For the past 20 years I have been planning and the information found here was very helpful.

Over the last three years I have probably looked at two or three dozen boats. I had a list like all buyers do but never found what I was looking for. Thought maybe I never would. Then, a couple of months ago I saw a boat on Yacht World that looked promising. The problem was that it was far away from where I wanted to keep my boat on the Chesapeake. She was on Martha's Vineyard. Had been on the hard for a couple of years. But I decided she was worth a trip.

The boat is a Tartan 30 (1973 -#155). I spent an entire cold March day going over her from stem to stern. I realized that this was THE boat I was looking for and signed an acceptance. The big issue was that in order to keep expenses low I had to take possession and get her off the island in three weeks. It all worked out. I bought an plane ticket and went back to launch her and gave myself a month to get her to Maryland. It was a great month, a wonderful cruising experience and a great shake down of my new boat. After 20 years it all came back to me like I had never stopped cruising. Needless to say, since I was sailing single handed, I am now quite comfortable with the boat.

My plans are to sail her extensively on the bay this summer and then haul her out and prepare her for a cruise to the Caribbean in 2016. I would really like to meet other Tartan 30 owners, especially on the Chesapeake for advice and encouragement.

Thanks again for all of the help!

Hank
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:28   #2
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Re: Thanks for all of the help

Howdy Hank! Welcome to posting as a member of the forum!

That was a nice intro story. Sounds good. Nice way to spend a month and the months and years ahead!

I took a quick look at your forum profile "About Me" page and saw it was almost empty, and that you have already had many (100+) forum members view it. That leads me to offer a few of my favorite suggestions below.

I will post some of my favorite tips for new members below, even though you have visited here for years. They may not be what you expect, but I believe they will help you in the near term and in the long run if you intend to spend much time here on this forum and if you wish to gain the most from the knowledge available and shared here etc.
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My POV: The Forum Profile "About Me" Page Helps People Relate

Since a site like this is all about "sharing," the more sharing you and others do, the more interesting, fun, and potentially helpful this site becomes for all. It is what makes it a nice, more friendly, social community too.

I am an unofficial advocate for posting "About Me" information in a member's forum Profile "About Me" tab or page or section. You can also post photos (e.g. of your boat, etc.) and a description of your sailing goals or experiences or boat projects. I also think it is a good idea to include in your profile where you are located (country, region) and your type of boat if you own one now or had a boat in the past. If you did not put much information in your profile initially when you signed up as a member, you can edit it later and add more.

As I see it, the "About Me" tab (page) within your forum profile is the most helpful part of the profile. Many members will look at it, so it is a good idea to put something in there early in your membership here.

The About Me page/tab is always instantly accessible by any member in seconds. You may click on a member's name (or avatar) to see their public profile and through that page you can also send them private messages if you wish. You can look at my profile for one example, and see I have written something in the About Me tab, and also posted some photos in an album (in this case showing my other passion; I am an artist and I am passionate about painting sailboats).

If you have posted relevant information in your "Meet & Greet" post (up above), simply copy some of that to you profile "About Me" page, because the "Meet & Greet" introduction you posted above will soon disappear into the archives in a matter of days, whereas forum members may check to see your profile About Me page for years to come.

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, classic, 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. 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, such as an owners manual etc.). 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, if you indicate your boat brand and model in your profile (so it shows up under your avatar and screen name when you post).

I encourage you to complete the profile About Me page 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.

You can, of course, maintain your privacy or use a pseudonym or "screen name" as you wish. Not everyone does post any written "bio" or even a photo of themselves. Some people are shy or reserved. I respect that too. But, I have seen the positive benefits of sharing some information and believe it is the best thing to do in most cases.

I also encourage the use of a photo (e.g. a "headshot") of the sailor (or couple) as the avatar. Why? I think it adds to the human feeling of an online community to see a face and know a little about that person, and makes it more likely that people are treated with respect and courtesy. I have seen several members change their avatar from a generic one (e.g. a cartoon) to a personal one (a human face) and was pleased to see the face of the real person. Our human brains are wired to remember faces, it is natural. Later, it becomes nice to see the real human face of a friend, even if you have never met them in person.

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This is the best and fastest method I have found to the answers I seek here.
Since you are relatively new to the forum, here is my favorite friendly forum search tip: Look at the green menu bar on the forum pages for the drop down "Search" menu. Click on that to drop down a list of search functions. From that drop down menu select the GOOGLE CUSTOM search feature (the second box down) and then enter several different descriptive terms for your topic of interest. That will do a Custom google search of ONLY this site and it is likely to find answers to your questions or results for you. Note: this is different from using the regular forum search box or field.
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I hope these tips help you and others here.

Sincerely,
Steady
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:01   #3
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Re: Thanks for all of the help

Point well taken!

I have updated my profile and even added a couple of pictures.

Thanks!

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Old 04-06-2015, 10:32   #4
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Re: Thanks for all of the help

I wish I had followed my early dreams to be an Oceanographer! (I write this with some regret and also with respect.)

See, I learned something about a new member by reading your profile About Me. It works!
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Re: Thanks for all of the help

Excellent start!!
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:26   #6
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Congrats on the Tartan, "you have chosen wisely"

Be sure to join the tartan owners group on Yahoo. Great info on all things Tartan.



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Re: Thanks for all of the help

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Hank.
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