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Can sailnet improve your life?

I have been posting here for some time so hopefully I don't need an introduction. This post is intended to encourage newcomers to use sailnet and meet fellow local boaters.

Yesterday (Sunday) I went out to Long Island to help a fellow sailnet member who I met & sailed with nearly 4 years ago. He is in a crunch period getting his Bene505 (clue to identity) ready for his family to use for the summer months.

While walking through this boat yard I noticed a couple working on their boat and I heard accents that were not standard New Yawk-ese so I went over to them and began the age old Yachtie accepted practice of shooting the breeze. After a short conversation and exchange of info about our boats, where they are, how much work they are, how many trips to West Marine it takes to change a light bulb, the fellow asked me: "Are you on sailnet?" I replied: "Yes". He then asked if I was "Caleb-d" to which I could only answer: "Yes".
It seems I may have suggested this boat yard to a sailnet member called "pfile" a year or two ago, and here he was with his Sabre 30 in one of the few local boat yards that seems to allow diy work.

It turned out they had recently pulled their old Wilcox Crittenden head but still had the service kit somewhere on board. Their new head is a Raritan so the WC rebuild kit was of no use to them. I have a WC head on my boat so I left them with the rebuild kit in my hand.

I wish I had more time to share a beer with this nice couple but I had a bit of mildew to scrub off of various headliners in a 50' boat. My beer was also still warm. Next time I hope to arrive in that boat yard with my beer already cold enough to drink.

Sailnet works. I have met sailnet sailors in Annapolis, the Magothy, around my home port of NY/Long Island, as well as a notable sailor from Portugal, all through my online forum presence. There is a lot of good that can come from meeting fellow sailors and I look forward to meeting more of you when the time comes.

This makes post # 3,800 for me! Woo-hoo.
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Nice, Caleb...

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Hey I could have been there with you I got an invitation as well but was on a no electronics vacation in the mountains so I did not get the request in time.

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I've met over 50 members, from Clear Lake, TX to Annapolis. Many offered assistance (rides to grocery, a meal, local knowledge, etc.) Some needed assistance. But all have been worth meeting. And when it's no longer so cheap to stay put, or I get tired of it, I look forward to meeting even more of the Sailnet Community, as well as those I've met before.
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I started loggin into Sailnet a little, to get a little of the red out. Then I logged in some more, to get more of the grey out. :-)

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I so agree. Well said.

It's really what keeps me coming to SN. (certainly not my prickly personality)

We have met many SN from here but also the LI Sound.

It's the main reason we have a Rendezvous every year on the Chessie. Not only have we made some great friends, but also some cruising partners. Great group.


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Well, I was going to affirm but when I logged in with my android just now the first thing that pops up is 4 "gun nut" threads. This is the default setup with the android ap.

Isn't that special
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Well, I was going to affirm but when I logged in with my android just now the first thing that pops up is 4 "gun nut" threads. This is the default setup with the android ap.

Isn't that special
Maybe it is time to dump your Android overboard, or at least leave it in your car/locker, or under a rock somewhere.
Still kind of glad to be a dinosaur on this front as my phone is decidedly not so smart. It claims to be a camera but really only makes phone calls tolerably well. No wifi, satellite or tiny keyboard, but tiny screen that opens like a Star Trek communicator. I love my StarTac (anyone remember these?).

You can't blame me for all the "gun nut" threads. Thank SBS for that.

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Dump my android because SN has a cr@ppy ap?
No, I'll just spend more time at other places with much better android implementation.
My android uses significantly less power than my laptop and is very convenient. Having tide and current aps, weather, etc in my pocket along with unlimited data works far better than the big clunky laptop and searching for open wifi while cruising.
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Dump my android because SN has a cr@ppy ap?
No, I'll just spend more time at other places with much better android implementation.
My android uses significantly less power than my laptop and is very convenient. Having tide and current aps, weather, etc in my pocket along with unlimited data works far better than the big clunky laptop and searching for open wifi while cruising.

Yes, that is my biggest complaint about using either Tapatalk or the Android app there seems to be no way to filter out the off topic. I find the off topic to be very offensive with all the "my way or the highway" attitudes. I don't come here to hear about how "climate change is a hoax" or "happiness is a warm gun." At least "keeping a gun on board" is somewhat sailing related but all the intolerance in off topic is really unbearable. At least with the web browser you can choose "new topics, no off-topic, no politics" and makes it a much better experience.

At Anything-Sailing they make off topic an opt in thing. I like that, don't opt in and you don't see it. Of course over there the level of respect is much higher but it has gone almost silent in the last few months.
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