Reading this thread and the others that have arrived on this forum saddens me.
The person hosting the site and I conceived of the idea of a small, informal multihull
site so we could talk to other multi owners and people looking to buy multis.
The site was created simply to be a place for the free exchange of ideas between multi owners and enthusiasts, much like any specific site for Catalinas, Hinckleys or what have you.
The site was *not* created to gather a large membership, get linked to revenue generators like GoogleAds, Adwords, or standard banner advertisers. In fact, there is absolutely no advertising at all, it is not a commercial
venture (there is no money
to be made running forums) and was created in good spirit.
Factor (I'm guessing since I've never talked to him directly before) was trying to let others know that there was a spot where multi enthusiasts could have their own little spot to discuss multi-related issues. I should point out that multi-related issues are *not* cruising related issues. We have special things to talk about like:
*drying the boat out on a flat
*multihull rig tuning
*those bouncing bows..
The "other" forum was started so we could have a spot for multi owners to have a conversation amongst themselves from time to time. In my eyes, there obviously is no other "cruising forum" out there. I almost have never looked at SSCA, Sailnet or others. They aren't as good as this one.
So there was never any intention to "harvest" cruisers from here, or to even have our site made public on here. It just happened because one of our very first members wanted to spread the word about the new nook to discuss multi-only type stuff.
I should also add that any similarity to the cruisers forum in layout (there is some) is only because when setting up the forum software
, we had to toss in some generic categories. These categories were not chosen well, as we were literally setting up software
and dumping in anything, just as a beta test of the software itself.
or two were on there as a test basis, when the forum was published on this site, without our knowledge. We were caught without a forum that was ready for the eyes of others. I mean it didn't even have its own URL (web address) yet and was just being hosted on a test server.
We will be editing those categories and making them all multi-specific shortly. I just returned from a couple thousand mile delivery
and I'm trying to get things in order. I will be working to make sure the topics are all properly titled, have little to do with cruising and are very multi-specific just as soon as I get things in order here.
So... the new forum causing all the unfortunate emotions is not what it may have appeared to be to some. All the stress, anger, hostility and whatever resulted is very unfortunate, and I am deeply sorry for it. The other little forum we created is not a replacement for the Cruiser's Forum. It is only a spot for multi owners to talk amongst themselves about multi-specific boating
information. In fact, it is so far from cruising, I see it having people on Hobie Cats and any other multis conversing and breaking down that type of info (performance, etc...) as well.
So please do forget this all has happened. Any strong reaction to our little area on the internet
is unwarranted on either side of the "argument." It's just another little nook to have a discussion (completely non-commercial and actually *costs* the host of the site money
It's certainly understandable that from the perspective of AndyR and the mod team it appeared that people were trying to harvest members of their forum, which would have been in extremely poor taste. Unfortunately, Factor was just trying to help other multi owners see the spot to talk multis and it didn't go over well.
Let's all forget about the "censorship" argument on here and get back to talking cruising. After all, is there a better site on the internet to talk about cruising than this one????
I think not!