- Hi All,
I've been lurking silently on the group for a while so I figure I should
post an introduction. This is a great group - always interesting posts
and stories! Bill thanks for moderating and getting so much discussion
I live in Newton but sail out of Mattapoisett (not technically Mass Bay,
I know; used to sail from Squantum YC in Quincy though). I sold my '76
Aquarius 23 centerboard trailersailor this spring and just launched a
1973 O'Day 27, "Amulet". Have been out twice so far - once in 20 knot
winds under reefed main only, and once with full sail (main + jib). Both
times were great - nothing broke (hooray!) and the boat feels much more
stable, solid, and faster than my old one. There seems to be a lot more
weather helm than on my Aquarius, I'll be playing with the rig settings
to see how to deal with that.
I decided to move up in size to something more stable with a true keel
(my wife was a particular support of that) and better accomodations for
weekend cruising (I'm 6'4" so standing headroom or close to it was
important). The additional speed from better pointing ability and a
larger rig will help make destinations for those weekend cruises more
realistic I hope. As much as I enjoyed the adventure of sailing the
Aquarius in the afternoon Buzzards Bay chop, based on early results I
think we made the right decision.
I've been working on the boat since February - a few major projects,
including my first experiences with fiberglassing, and a lot of little
ones. At times it looked like it would never end, so it's pretty
satisfying to finally get in the water and go sailing. The 2 times out
so far were 2-3 hour afternoon sails. I am hoping to get in a couple of
weekend cruises around Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound this summer;
would like to get down to Cuttyhunk as soon as possible.
O'Day 27 "Amulet"
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 5:18 PM
Subject: [MassBaySailors] Digest Number 704
Re: Hello to our Newest MBS Members & some group protocol for all
Posted by: "Bill Scanlon" Catalina30Ruby@...
Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:38 am (PST)
Hello to our Newest MBS Members,
We've had several new members join us over the past few weeks. Welcome
to each of you, thank you for joining!! Please don't be wallflowers.
We are now at 270 members and growing steadily. We are in the peak of
the Summer Sailing season and the lists' activity has been a testament
to that. With 270 members we still have a LOT of wallflowers. I
encourage all of you to jump into the dialogs and contribute your
knowledge, ask question or tell us of a recent or upcoming sail you have
Please let's keep the below stuff in mind when using the group;
1) New members: Please consider posting an introductory message telling
us a little bit about you, your sailing background if any and any
sailing aspirations you may have. If you own a boat please tell us about
it. If you have crewed on some interesting boats or trips or chartered
or raced in school or elsewhere. Do you have any certifications?
2) Everyone please consider filling out a Yahoo Profile with as much
info about you that you are comfortable in listing. This helps everyone
have a better idea of who we are corresponding with.
3) IMHO this is way underutilized by us: IM/Buddy lists. If you are
using a Yahoo E-Mail and/or Profile also consider using Yahoo chat or
listing your AOL, ICQ or IM user name etc ..
Again, there are 270 of us on this list, "I" feel our IM/Chat
capabilities are way under utilized. Of course this goes for ALL MBS
members. There is an Internet Site we use at work called Meebo
www.Meebo.com that allows you to combine ALL your e-mail/IM/ICQ/Chat
user names into 1 IM buddy list centralizing your IM communication to 1
desk top application, very handy.
4) When "replying" to a message post, PLEASE, REMOVE/DELETE the content
of the original message you are replying to keeping your message as
brief as possible. Of course there are exceptions, for instance if you
want to "reference" a statement someone posted etc...
5) Please sign your posts with your name.
6) Decide what e-mail setting is best for you. Yes, there is often a lot
of e-mail generated from this group, though I like to think it's all
interesting and help;
" Individual e-mail"; you would receive 1 e-mail for every post, a
majority of our members feel this is too voluminous.
"Daily Digest" an accumulation of all e-mails sent to the group in a 24
hr period, this feature also has an index of subjects at its beginning.
This is the most popular option, though, "I" feel many (most) messages
are overlooked with this option and therefore many people don't reply to
messages that they would have if they received "individual e-mails".
"Special Notices"; Of which NONE are ever sent.
"No e-mail", as its name implies, hopefully these people go into the
site every now and then and read the messages they missed.
USCG Master 50 GT Inland Waters
Towing & Sailing Endorsements
Lic. # 1092926
1984 Catalina 30
Std. Rig Hull# 3688
Winthrop (Mass.) Yacht Club
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