Originally Posted by gpoore
I am new to this site. How do you start a new thread or post a question? It is not obvious how to.
I have been living aboard
for 18 years, currently in Cartagena
. I have a Hans Christian 38T. t is probably over your budget but I would recommend that you buy a boat that has NO TEAK.
I am relatively new to this site too. I can only give you advice on what seems to work
for me. There may be different methods or even better instructions elsewhere.
To answer your question about starting a new thread I suggest this:
FIRST METHOD (Not my favorite)
Click on the "FORUMS" tab at the top of the page of the site (top of page menu bar) and HOLD down the mouse button to get a drop down menu. This will drop down a list of forums
in a small box. You can then visit any of those forums
by clicking on the name of the forum you wish to see. IF you wish to make a NEW TOPIC then look at the bottom right corner of this drop down menu and you will see a small colored box or BUTTON that says "Start a Discussion." IF you click on that button you open a new page and then have to use another drop down menu to select the appropriate forum in which to start the topic. I find this method cumbersome, so I do not use this method.
SECOND METHOD (My preferred way)
Click on the FORUMS TAB at the top menu bar. This time, instead of holding down my mouse button to get the drop down box, I simply CLICK the tab and a new page opens that shows a LONG LIST of the forums with more text and descriptions of those forums and how many threads are in that forum. I scroll down this list until I find the forum I want to view (or post in).
This second method also shows the latest thread discussion topic (or latest post) for each of the forums over in the right column. I scan down and read those and also look at new forums I have not visited yet.
When I see a forum I want to read or post a topic, I click on the name of that forum and a new page opens with a list of all the recent topics in that forum. At this page, look at the upper LEFT CORNER of the list above the forum name (and list) and you will see an OVAL BUTTON with a sailboat on it, that says NEW THREAD.
Click on that button and a new page will open where you can enter your own topic for discussion and type any questions and add photos etc.
When you START A NEW THREAD, make sure you capitalize each word in the title or topic like this: "What Boat Goes Fastest?" That is requested by the forum moderators and helps with the search function (as I understand it).
Want to add photos to a post?
IF you wish to add photos to a post you make, when you get to the page where you can start a new topic, look down the page for the section that says Additional Options, then the section says ATTACH FILES and then the look for Manage Attachments. Click the button on that page that says "MANAGE ATTACHMENTS" and click on it. That then shows you another list of ways to add video clips or images
(up to about 6 at a time). Make sure you click the UPLOAD button if you want those photos to be added to your post.
I hope this description helps you and others, and I am sure the forum moderators may have better instructions somewhere if you get lost