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Post Options Post Options   Quote timeintheboat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 09 at 9:33pm
Merlin forum is great. I don't have one (unfortunately) but it is highly entertaining. Not sure how Mags manages to keep the bots at bay.

The N12 forum is also active and of a high standard.


Like some other things - sailing is more enjoyable when you do it with someone else
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MerlinMags Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jul 09 at 9:25am
Oddly enough the spambots never hit the forum (hmm, I shouldn't have said that) but they did hit the photo gallery comments all the time. I had to introduce a special way to detect humans: show 3 small pictures and ask user to click the boat!

http://www.merlinrocket.co.uk/gallery/view_photo.asp?folder= gallery/salcombe_week/2008&file=salcombeweek2008_capsize1.jp g
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Matt Jackson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Jul 09 at 1:08pm

I have always found joining a CA forum is a good way of finding out how active (or not) the class is, and what the people are like before buying ito it. I expect most classes say they are friendly, inviting, lively etc but I like to judge for myself.

It is also a great place to find out what to look for in a second-hand boat to get an idea of value and to get bimbling advice. Classes that have their information/forum members-only are (big grey) pants.

Forum hosting is readily available though and if you are interested in more than one class (and you're lucky) they might be on the same host making a few less logins to remember.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote G.R.F. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Aug 09 at 4:29pm
I think it would have made sense long ago for Y&Y to host class forums
alongside this one.

The two other classes I've subscribed, well nearly I still haven't managed
to get on the Blaze forum much to my consternation, are on Yahoo and
what a trial that is..

Imv Y&Y always used to be about class news, and classes shouldn't be too
averse to publicising how 'jolly' they all are side by side and it would liven
this forum up a bit, it does get quiet.

Probably too late now since most of them appear to have their own thing
going on, but damn the Blaze lot need to wake up.. Forum membership
should be instant.

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