If one notes that there are 273 pages of articles under Gear & Maintenance it is somewhat surprising that the first one, posted by "FJW" in Sept. of 2000, asking for a solution to attaching the upper and lower halves of his Oday Superswift, while receiving over 400 views, has yet to be answered! Somehow, I am confident FJW figured it out.
While not as many questions have been asked in other forums, there are quite a few pages of them as well.
Probably the most under-utilized section of Sailnet is the "Articles" section. There is much, much more there than the "seeing the wind" article. If you look back throught the archives you will find articles, usually short, by some of the best sailing teachers/writers going. The people who write the sailing how-to books, on every topic under the sun, are all here captured in articles over 4 years old. It is literally a who's who of the sailing publishing industry.
Want to know how to lead sail control lines aft? Sue and Larry Pardey told you how in August of 2003. The "Perfect Anchor Rode" was described by Tom Wood in Sept of that same year. Don Casey is here as is John Rousmaniere.
Want to learn a bit about yacht design and heavy weather sailing? Well, you can ask "Mike from Michigan" or you can search a bit for an article by the author of the Annapolis Book of Seamanship and probably the pre-eminent chronicler of the Fastnet Race disaster, the aforementioned John Rousmaniere.
John and the Pardey's still stop by once in awhile; I think John's last post was on securing jib sheets more securely than with bowlines, and I hope the Pardey's got a response on mooring in Hawaii. Where the other luminaries have gone I do not know, being relatively new here myself. But there is a ton of info in the archives, the threads/forums and the articles. You can kill the better part of a day just perusing those of interest to you.
And, if you still have questions, "Mike from Michigan" has never steered me wrong. (g)
“Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.”
Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.