Tartan 27' owner
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I suppose it is still ok to tell ALL MacGregor owner that their boats are crap too, or, just bite me is not an offensive reply. The fact is that you really need a fine sieve to figure out which MacGregor's are the motor boat models and which are not (26S and M are not motor boats i think?). I own neither but have sailed on the MG 26S which a friend of mine owns.
My boat is from 1967 and is built very strong and at first the MG scared my a bit but it is fine for what it is and no condesencion is really being asked for by people posting who love their boats as you do yours (however small).
Small, light boats are beautiful in their own ways that some of us lose sight of. I applaud CD's guidelines and hope that civility can prevail in all of our exchanges but I think that I know a little more about the human psyche and condition to know that quiet disagreement will prevail.
What is being asked of you is to refrain from most, if not all, negative comments about others behavior, spelling, grammar and boat type and to ignore or report those that seem to be crossing 'a line of decency' instead of a parallel or latitude.
I miss the contrite and forthright comments of the late Robert Gainer as he (to me at least) epitomized the gentleman sailor with plenty of experience under his belt without being pedantic or brow beating, even if he could have. CD's advise is well intentioned and I, for one, intend to follow it.
Sailnet is a great place in part because it is not sailinganarchy.com. Have you ever checked that website out? If you really want to flame people that is the place to do it. They don't seem to care who gets flamed and that is what you are due if you are in a flaming mood. I think that civility trumps being an A-hole any day of the week.
I have perhaps been lucky not to have to 'ignore' anyones posts on this forum so far.
It is important to remember that you cannot tell a persons political or religious views or their boat preference from their posts. There is no benefit to be gained by attacking anyone on this forum. Please bite your tongue when you want to shout out loud (the exception to this might be the 'Off Topic' threads).
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