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03-18-2008 09:16 PM
Catsailor07
Cruising the Georgian bay

Just aquired a copy of said book by Ken Wells, 1958 Kingswood House, and am part way through. Having sailed the Bay in the lates 70's I really enjoy his wit and the descriptions of what went before. The pictures of harbours of the time are equally interesting.

Anyway Doug I have applied to MBSC for a berth although I understand the dredging is not going to plan so I am hopefull a shallow draft Iroquois cat (same as Cheers) may find space and I get to meet you.

Regards,

John

PS: have perused your website, well done.
12-09-2007 08:03 PM
Diva27 Hey, I fixed the link text colours in the blink of an eye. I thought there was only one colour setting for a page, but it turns out you can customize it for each link.
I'm dragging this thread off topic, but much thanks for all the advice. I'll go with private messages going forward.
best
Doug
12-09-2007 07:50 PM
sailingdog Diva-

You could always make the site a variable width site with fixed width outer columns, but I don't think iWeb can handle that yet.

BTW, you should be able to fix the color of the text in the css files. If you need advice or help, drop me a PM or an email.
12-09-2007 07:35 PM
Diva27 AS always, the feedback is appreciated. Ironically, I had DECREASED the page width after another site operator complained to me that he couldn't fit the site on his laptop screen...You just never know how old-school you should make something.
One of the problems with hyperlinked text (at least with iWeb) is that the colour it wants to assign the text makes it hard to read, which I've tried to get around by creating clickable buttons. There must be a way around this. This plainly requires more fiddling.
I might eventually have to migrate out of iWeb, but so far it's been at least functional, and I've figured out how to work within it with respect to Google's demands with respect to thinks like sitemap and verification. I also gave up worrying about meta tags in the header because it turns out Google much prefers to do deep-crawl of the page content.
I chip away at this thing when I can. It might be another week until I deal with the next round. But the main thing is that it's evolving and I'm gettting information up and circulated.
12-09-2007 05:22 PM
sailingdog Diva-

Just took a quick look at the site... looking much better.. However, you might want to make the page a bit wider. Most people aren't running sVGA resolution anymore. Most computers are running at least XGA.

You should also have the header image have alt tags and make it a hyperlink to the sweetwatercruising.com homepage.

The list of site features below the header image really should be links to the sections named.

The three links at the top, in the colored bar, should probably have the text clickable as a hyperlink.

In the articles section at the top...you should also make the text, the headlines at least, hyperlinks to the article as well as the photos. On your article pages, you should probably keep the header that you've got on the main page, since it would make the site more "visually uniform" and allow you to navigate out of the articles a bit more easily.

Might also want to increase the "leading" on the text in the right-hand column, as it would make the text a bit more readable.
12-09-2007 05:03 PM
Diva27
Running out of water

The latest issue of Level News from Environment Canada is just out (Dec. 6) and already the forecast for next summer is looking very grim indeed. It's predicting that levels on Michigan and Huron will hit the record lows of the mid 1960s and possibly keep right on going. Drawing more than 4 feet is going to be pretty exciting in a lot of places.
As always, it's up on my website, but the direct link is:
http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/water/level-news/ln200712_e.html

Read it and weep. Or book your keelboat in now for that winged keel retrofit you've always dreamed about. My club was planning to dredge the whole basin next fall, but it now looks like we'll have to do it in the spring, if we actually want the boats to float when we relaunch.
11-29-2007 07:45 PM
Diva27
Wish you were here

In my neverending quest to fritter away valuable professional time dickering with html code, I added some live webcam feeds (not many turned on this time of year) as well as some data feed from weather buoys. Here's what came in from 45003 on southern Lake Huron, as snow squalls screeched through. A perfect day to go test a new triradial chute.


Station 45003
November 29, 2007 3:50 pm EST
Location: 45.35N 82.84W or 0 nautical miles N of search location of 45.35N 82.84W.
Wind Direction: WSW (250°)
Wind Speed: 27 knots
Wind Gust: 35 knots
Significant Wave Height: 10 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 8 sec
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.95 in (1014.3 mb)
Pressure Tendency: +0.10 in (+3.3 mb)
Air Temperature: 26°F (-3.4°C)
Water Temperature: 45°F (7.0°C)
11-22-2007 07:27 PM
Diva27
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Diva-

What's with all the colors??? Your site is worse than a bad Hawaiian shirt. Also, it looks like you've got ransom note syndrome going on.... just cause you can use a dozen colors and fonts...doesn't mean you should. Also, a little space before each new paragraph would make the text a lot more readable.
Main page has been massively decombobulated, colour desaturated, text leading enhancicated, paragraph refashionated. And I'm ready to ignore the thing for a good week or so. Which I probably won't.
There were only two fonts, actually, Georgia and Arial, which are supposed to be Web "safe," but that didn't prevent reflow and body text leading and alignment issues on different computers and different programs (mac vs Windows, Safari vs Firefox vs Explorer). Curing this stuff is like chasing your tail. Or trying to tune a rig. You get the port upper tight, and the starboard lower looks suspicious. And then you start worrying about rake.
Enough. Big snow squalls here today. School buses cancelled. Waiting for Georgian Bay to freeze over now.
11-22-2007 05:49 PM
Diva27
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Diva-

What's with all the colors??? Your site is worse than a bad Hawaiian shirt. Also, it looks like you've got ransom note syndrome going on.... just cause you can use a dozen colors and fonts...doesn't mean you should. Also, a little space before each new paragraph would make the text a lot more readable.
Thanks for the frank feedback. I'm fighting with font display, ripped out a pile of ads that just plain annoyed me with their presence. Yes, as I have built up the features area it's been getting Hawaiian shirt syndrome. The linked pages are much more austere. I'm getting there...but not actually getting any real work done.
doug
11-22-2007 05:29 PM
sailingdog Diva-

What's with all the colors??? Your site is worse than a bad Hawaiian shirt. Also, it looks like you've got ransom note syndrome going on.... just cause you can use a dozen colors and fonts...doesn't mean you should. Also, a little space before each new paragraph would make the text a lot more readable.
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