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Go to the French islands. No one cares. Or go to any waterless island. It’s likely you’ll be alone so it doesn’t matter. Will tell you my wife passes the pencil test. If you stay topless for awhile just living your life the tan lines are funny looking.
 

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Go to the French islands. No one cares. Or go to any waterless island. It’s likely you’ll be alone so it doesn’t matter. Will tell you my wife passes the pencil test. If you stay topless for awhile just living your life the tan lines are funny looking.
The pencil test is still cracking me up. I love that you know what that is!
 

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I don't see that it matters... as long as you follow community standards if there is one. For French femmes it is de rigeur. American's have a boob obsession... it's a bit weird.
 

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I'm sure I'll be criticized for this, but I'll speak my mind anyway:

Cara, we are not the target demographic of your blog/vlog. You're looking for the landlocked guy in Arkansas, living a life of quiet desperation in his cubicle who dreams of doing what we're doing. He's watching Delos and La Vagabonde on Youtube. Your most productive demographic is people who are NOT sailing.

Most of us here actually sail and enjoy the same experiences and lifestyle that you are advertising. For us, there is very little new or exciting in what you are doing so using this forum to pimp your blog is largely a waste of time and frankly, annoying. Youtube is already saturated with scantily clad cruising couples vlogging away, attempting to monetize their never-ending vacations by flashing titillating glimpses of heavily censored skin while doing very little sailing and far too much talking and dramatizing. (Yawn)

While I'm certain that there are a few men on this forum who will happily sit on the edges of their seats, hoping to see your thigh or that brief glimpse of side-boob, I'm not one of them and I suspect not very many, and I'll also wager that the female skippers/owners here are not very interested either.

Yeah, yeah I know- No one is forcing me to click on your posts or blog, so why don't I just move on? Now that I've said my piece, I'll share some photos of some of us actually sailing instead of peddling soft porn at anchor (which is just boring) and then I'll go away.
 

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I'm sure I'll be criticized for this, but I'll speak my mind anyway:

Cara, we are not the target demographic of your blog/vlog. You're looking for the landlocked guy in Arkansas, living a life of quiet desperation in his cubicle who dreams of doing what we're doing. He's watching Delos and La Vagabonde on Youtube. Your most productive demographic is people who are NOT sailing.

Most of us here actually sail and enjoy the same experiences and lifestyle that you are advertising. For us, there is very little new or exciting in what you are doing so using this forum to pimp your blog is largely a waste of time and frankly, annoying. Youtube is already saturated with scantily clad cruising couples vlogging away, attempting to monetize their never-ending vacations by flashing titillating glimpses of heavily censored skin while doing very little sailing and far too much talking and dramatizing. (Yawn)

While I'm certain that there are a few men on this forum who will happily sit on the edges of their seats, hoping to see your thigh or that brief glimpse of side-boob, I'm not one of them but I suspect not very many, and I'll wager that the female skippers/owners here are not very interested either.

Yeah, yeah I know- No one is forcing me to click on your posts or blog, so why don't I just move on? Now that I've said my piece, I'll share some photos of some of us actually sailing instead of peddling soft porn at anchor (which is just boring) and then I'll go away.
There is certainly some wisdom in this. I have been there done that and I don't watch porn soft or hard. I don't wish to support people who are out cruising. No one supported me but me. But if there are people who will pay for their content... it's worth some effort. As they say there is a sucker born every minute.

I do think it is a very good idea for sailors/cruisers to document their sailing experiences and share with family and friends... certainly people who would not pay to view it Before the www and digital media everyone took film snaps and either made a scrap book or just shared them with people face to face who were interested in the sailing experience. I DO take phone pics and post them to my FB or send them to people I know. Because of the www I don't have to have a face to face meeting to share my experiences with family and friends. I have no NEED to share any aspect of my life with strangers. My wife actually considers it a bad idea... an invasion of privacy and an invitation for trouble.

Then we now have a generation who do their own casting... vlogs... and have subscribers. Some of the content is interesting... lots of it is not (to me). Wife has different tastes and she casts to the tele and I sometimes watch... vlogs about thrifting, fashion travl and so forth. I actually like watching Justine Leconte a french fashion blogger something I would never have found on my own. Justine does not ask people for money... It seems only the people who don't have a job and live on a boat cruising seem to be doing this a lot... copy cat style. Cruising is NOT about making videos for 99.999% of the sailors. Most have a cruising kitty or are not out there obviously. Some find work along the way.

Sure noobs have questions and it's OK to post them here. But self promotion is unseemly and a turn off. Few vloggers are members here I suspect.
 

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Only dumb-asses go topless, men and women. Good way to get melanoma, which is one of the most deadly forms of cancer that I know of. I have lost a couple family members and a few close friends to melanoma, and they all died a horrible death. Gary :cool:
Over 5 decades out in the sun unprotected, and most of it tropical, and the cancer I've got is where the sun don't never shine. Go Figure.
On a good note though, the optometrist says I've got 20/20 20/40 eyesight for distance, the same as I had as a teen! Not even the slightest sign of glaucoma or cataracts or any other eye problems. But I am getting my first pair of reading glasses this week, at 71.
 

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Agree with both Gary and Alex’s quite different points. As someone with Celtic blood, I never go topless in the sun. Heck, I’m rarely out of long pants and shirts in the hottest of days, and NEVER without a wide brimmed hat.

And thanks for the somewhat tough, but clear post Alex. I hope they will heed your advice. I’m perfectly fine with people trying to monetize their adventures. Good on you if you can make it pay. Just don’t use these actual sailing and cruising spaces to flog your underwares ;)

If you want to use tools like Sailnet to get the word out about your blog, then become a serious contributing member here. Like any other commercial member, the good ones are people who actually contribute to the community, not just drop clickbait.
 

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Did anyone actually watch the video? The title is just tongue in cheek , they sewed in a new window on their dodger...totally f****** harmless, kinda informative , I've never watched a vid of a sailrite , pretty hefty machine I might say , beefier than my grandmas singer . Nobody naked , nobody trying to sell you on signing up for xx amount a month ... if they score a few bucks from their vids , good on 'em , I couldn't do it , don't have the patience to film and edit , but as a unabashed morally flexible, politically incorrect male , give me a video with a attractive woman in a bikini on a boat and ill click the play button .
Some video of some overly serious sailing expert showing how to achieve proper sail trim, etc and they'd have to send me a check to watch it .... whatever makes ya happy ... funny thing is , if they had posted on the SA forums they'd be getting bashed because she wasn't topless !
 

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I went shirtless yesterday. Had an estimated 2 hour sail/motor to our next island, which was recommended to us as having good beaching, we believed this inspite of the cruising guides indicating otherwise.

Less than an hour into our trip we ran into engine problems bucking a current. Dropped the anchor in 75 ft of water to hopefully slow down our drift. Got the engine restarted in short order. Went to haul up the anchor, felt like I was hauling up a load of bricks hand over hand. We put the kids below in the cabin and my wife started tailing on the cleat for me. After 40 minutes of manual heaving (no winches on board), we discovered we had snagged an old 80ish pound discarded anchor on our anchor. Took me another 20 minutes to clear the snagged anchor from our anchor with a canoe paddle.

Then proceeded up river to recommended island. No beach. Cliffs on all 4 sides. Engine started acting up again, so we proceeded up stream on a beat towards another probable island. Rounded the point and started flying on a run and reached the next island around 1800. Beached the boat and took off my life jacket. My wife was like OMG, your back is cooked. I had planned on 2 hours shirtless, got distracted by a bunch of stuff and ended up going 11 hours with no sunscreen or shirt. Luckily I have a good base tan, but it's pretty uncomfortable with big peeling.

You have to be careful about going shirtless. I wear a PFD, so my burns are limited to shoulders, belly and lower back, but I could imagine how it could have been worse in different circumstances.
 

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I went shirtless yesterday. Had an estimated 2 hour sail/motor to our next island, which was recommended to us as having good beaching, we believed this inspite of the cruising guides indicating otherwise.

Less than an hour into our trip we ran into engine problems bucking a current. Dropped the anchor in 75 ft of water to hopefully slow down our drift. Got the engine restarted in short order. Went to haul up the anchor, felt like I was hauling up a load of bricks hand over hand. We put the kids below in the cabin and my wife started tailing on the cleat for me. After 40 minutes of manual heaving (no winches on board), we discovered we had snagged an old 80ish pound discarded anchor on our anchor. Took me another 20 minutes to clear the snagged anchor from our anchor with a canoe paddle.

Then proceeded up river to recommended island. No beach. Cliffs on all 4 sides. Engine started acting up again, so we proceeded up stream on a beat towards another probable island. Rounded the point and started flying on a run and reached the next island around 1800. Beached the boat and took off my life jacket. My wife was like OMG, your back is cooked. I had planned on 2 hours shirtless, got distracted by a bunch of stuff and ended up going 11 hours with no sunscreen or shirt. Luckily I have a good base tan, but it's pretty uncomfortable with big peeling.

You have to be careful about going shirtless. I wear a PFD, so my burns are limited to shoulders, belly and lower back, but I could imagine how it could have been worse in different circumstances.
I often think about picking up a small trailer sailor , even with the glitches you had that seemed like it was great fun .... as a point of reference for me , what's your boat weight? Being able to beach it must be awesome for outings ... great just what I need , another boat ....
 

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Sounds like a cool adventure in spite of the troubles and burns. I splash my Hobie 16 when I get the small boat itch or the speed itch.
 

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My boat is 900 lbs and flat bottomed, draws 9".

Ajax, I have a beach cat for speed too. They aren't bad as camping platforms.

I am going to try and watch this video when I am back in the world of decent internet, sounds interesting and I have canvas repairs to make.

Dinosda, been off grid camping for about a week. Picking up LTE Cell Data and my solar is keeping up with our small electrical wants. We are in fresh water, so we are using a Katadyne Gravity filter and drinking river water.
 

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Capta, you are very fortunate to have survived so well. I grew up in Miami and in the summer hardly wore more than cutoff jeans. I was as dark and Latino looking as my Cuban friends. But at age 31 both my eyes were operated on for ptygrium, even though I always wore a hat and sunglasses. Now at age 67 I have it again. Sometimes, all the protection in the world does not help. My old friends now would not think of going out in the S. Florida sun without a long sleeve, white shirt. I live on a sailboat in the tropics and I don’t recall any other cruiser running around naked in the poisonous sun; only on the “look at me” vlogs.
 

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