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Frequently Asked Questions About This Site
What is the difference between a Guest and a Member?
As a Non-Member “Guest” to our website, your access is limited to the topic pages, directories, and some of the articles and reviews. As a Current “Member” of our website, you have access to EVERYTHING including all of the articles and reviews (many written by professionals in the marine industry), the Do-It-Yourself Guides (many explaining the Marine Statutes and Industry Standards), histories, specifications, and reviews of manufacturers, boats, engines, and other boat equipment, boat dealers, brokers, yards, shops, etc., etc., etc.
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How do I navigate around the website?
To access the Table of Contents Page, click on “CONTENTS” in the Right Sidebar on any webpage. You will also find all the Contents Page links plus many other links on the Right Sidebar. Many more links are embedded in the text of the webpages. Many of these links lead to “OFF-SITE” webpages and will open in a new “Tab” or “Window”. The “PATH:” line at the top of each webpage shows the webpages that lead to that webpage. Some webpages have multiple “PATHS”. You can also search the whole website with the Search Box found at the top of the Right Sidebar on every webpage.
How do I update my membership account profile (name, email, etc.)?
To update your account email, first sign into your account by clicking “Sign In” at the top of the Right Sidebar menu. When the page updates and shows that you are signed in, click on “Account” under your name (in the right sidebar). When your account window opens, type in your new name and/or email and then click “Update your profile“. And your done.
What do the “XXXXXX-XXXX”, “XXXXXX”, “XXXX” number groupings mean on this website?
They mean the Date and Time by “YYMMDD-HHmm”. “YY” = Year, “MM” = Month, “DD” = Day, “HH” = Hour, “mm” = Minute. So “150704-1837” would mean July 4, 2015 at 6:37 PM. The “1837” on a 24 hour clock is 6:37 PM on a 12 hour clock (1837 – 1200 = 6:37 PM). Here are examples of time number groupings: “0637” means 6:37 AM. “1146” means 11:46 AM. “0014” means 12:14 AM (as it is after midnight). “1258” means 12:58 PM (as it is after noon). Whenever the date number grouping “YYMMDD” or the time number grouping “HHmm” are used by themselves, they are identified unless they are obvious.
Can I comment about a webpage?
If you would like to comment about a webpage, please do so in the comment area at the bottom if each webpage. Please see the Comment Rules before submitting any comments. If you have had an experience with any of the listed marine vendors or equipment, you are invited to share your experience and whether or not you would recommend them.
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Layout of the EverythingAboutBoats.org Website's Pages.
This website consists almost entirely of four types of webpages as follows:
- TOPIC PAGES (See Main Topic Pages listed on Website Contents or the Right Sidebar) ⇒
- EXAMPLE: 2 – BOAT BUILDING, OUTFITTING, REFITTING & REPAIR:
- EXAMPLE: 2.6 – Boat Equipment:
- EXAMPLE: 2.6.8 – Propulsion Machinery:
- DIRECTORY PAGES (Directories of Topics, Vendors, Destinations, Media,+)
- VENDOR PAGES (A page for each vendor of Products and/or Services)
- PRODUCT PAGES (A page for each Product. Media, e.g., books, videos, etc. are products)
(Note in the examples above that these pages form a natural hierarchy)
(The unnumbered "^" pages are usually listed alphabetically in any tables)
Website pages contain the following: (Depending on the type of page)
- PATH (Shows chain of EAB pages w/links that lead to this page).
- PAGE CONTENTS (With links to each section).
- PAGE BODY (The type of page determines it's contents).
- TOPIC PAGE (Topic Treatment: Introduction, Overview, Background, Details,+.).
- (Smaller Directories are usually contained in the Topic Pages).
- (Larger Directories usually have their own dedicated page – See next item).
- DIRECTORY PAGES (Listings are Topical, Alphabetical and/or by Locale).
- VENDOR PAGE (Vendor's Profile, Contact Information, Products, Services,+).
- PRODUCT PAGE (Product's Overview, Details, Features, Specs, Documentation,+).
- (Media created by a vendor is treated as a product on its own Product Page).
- TOPIC PAGE (Topic Treatment: Introduction, Overview, Background, Details,+.).
- RELATED RESOURCES: Topics, Directories, Vendors, Products, Media, + (w/Links).
- PAGE TAIL — Begins with the big red ♥ and includes the following:
- The Anchors Aweigh Academy – EverythingAboutBoats.org Logo.
- A link to our Featured Articles Home Page.
- Top 20 Most Popular Articles. (The section that appears just above this section).
- Layout of the EverythingAboutBoats.org Website's Pages. (This very section).
- What we have accomplished so far. (The very next section below).
- Members must Sign-In to gain full access to Expanded Pages & Programs.
- Sign-Up (if not already a member).
- Public Comments (about the website & about the page).
- RIGHT SIDEBAR (with links to Main Topic Pages).
What we have accomplished so far.
Anchors Aweigh Academy and its EverythingAboutBoats.org website.
- Published over 300 website main topic webpages, many with full articles on the topic. See our Website Contents or the Right Sidebar for the listing of the main topic pages.
- Published over 9,000 marine vendor webpages, all with their contact information, most with a description of their products and services, many with product documentation, specifications and independent reviews. (incl.: Boat designers, boat building tools, material and equipment manufacturers and suppliers, boat builders and dealers, yacht brokers, marine surveyors, boat insurers, boat transporters, skippers and crews, boatyards and marinas, yacht clubs, boat rentals and yacht charters, boating, seamanship and maritime schools, marine law attorneys and expert witnesses, boat refitters and repairers, book authors and publishers, and video producers)
- Acquired over 120,000 pages of product documentation including Catalogs, Brochures, SpecSheets, Pictures, Serial Number Guides, Installation Manuals, OpManuals, Parts Schematics, Parts Bulletins, Shop Manuals, Wiring Diagrams, Service Bulletins, and Recalls. And have made all viewable to Academy Members through our EAB website.
- Acquired over 1,200 books and magazine back issues in our academy library and so far have made over 700 viewable to Academy Members through our EAB website.
- Published over 500 DIY How-To articles about boat design, construction, inspection, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair. We are working hard to do more.
We are currently formatting and polishing the Anchors Aweigh Academy online and hands-on courses. Our Marine Surveying course has proven to be excellent for both the beginner and the seasoned surveyor, and especially helpful to the Do-It-Yourselfer.
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General Comments About the Website
FROM Donald: "This is an awesome website. I found the information that I needed right away from one of the over 20,000 free articles that you provide as a public service. I'm surprised that so much if this site is free. But I still signed up so I could access the thousands of expanded pages, interesting articles, and dozens of valuable programs! The member's library of books, magazines and videos that I can view online is really terrific! I understand that you and your staff are all unpaid volunteers. Please keep up the good work. And I commend you for your plans to add another 10,000 free informative articles over the next year. I'm thrilled to support you in this endeavor with my small membership donation. Thanks again for all your hard work."
FROM Huey: "I agree with my Uncle, I too have found the articles to be very enlightening. They say that it will take about 100,000 articles to cover the full scope that they have envisioned for the website. They have over 20,000 articles so far and that's doing pretty well, but it could take several years to get the rest. I also noticed that many of the Main Topic Pages and some of the article pages are still in the rough draft stage. I guess that they will fill in as they can get volunteers to work on them. But what I can't figure out is why anyone would spend the time writing informative in depth articles just to give away free to this website for publication? What's in it for them?"
FROM Dewey: "Well Huey, to me It looks like most of the articles on this website are written by very informed people, like boating instructors, boat designers, boat builders, riggers, electricians, fitters, marine repair technicians and marine surveyors. Writing such articles helps establish them as knowledgeable professionals. After all, this website was originally created by a school for marine technicians and marine surveyors. The website is growing in content every day. They even had to move to a bigger, more powerful server because the website's traffic has been growing exponentially."
FROM Louie: "I agree with everyone above. This site is quickly becoming the ultimate reference resource about every aspect of boats and ships for everyone from the beginning recreational boater to the seasoned professional mariner. I use the topic pages on the right sidebar to browse around the website. It's like a Junior Woodchucks' Guidebook for Boaters. Their Members' Library of over 300 popular and obscure books and over 200 magazine back issues that can be viewed online is fabulous. The Academy's magazine is especially informative. On top of that, there is the "Ask-An-Expert program for members where you can get an expert's answer to any of your boat questions. And a whole years membership is only $25. What a deal! I really love being part of this "Everything About Boats" community and help provide thousands of helpful articles free to the public. I think that I'll sit down right now and write an article about my experiences boating with my uncle."
FROM Scrooge: "You rave about this website like it was the best thing since sliced bread. Well, I think it stinks. Sure, it has a lot of good information for boaters, and they're adding more every day, but it will probably never be finished. Furthermore, I don't even own a boat. And I wouldn't have a boat even if someone gave me one. Boats are a waste of money and time and energy and money! They're just a hole in the water you pour money into. If you gave me a boat, I'd sell it quicker then you could say Baggywrinkle. Then I'd lock up the cash with all my other money so I could keep my eye on it and count it every day. Bah humbug."
FROM Daisy: "I'm just so glad that Donald got the boat so we and the boys could enjoy boating — together. And of course all of the girls, April, May, and June, love to be on the water too, especially when that is where the boys are. Oh poor Scrooge, boating is more fun then you could possibly imagine."
FROM Scrooge: "After seeing how much fun you all have on the water together, I regret that I didn't have that much fun when I was young. I've had a change of heart, and I'm giving each of you a Lifetime Academy Membership."
FROM Editor: "For those of you that have stayed with us this far, many thanks. You inspire us to keep working on this phenomenal website. We know that we have a lot more to do. Ultimately, we hope that we can help you enjoy the wonder filled world of boating as much as we do. We are all waiting to see what you have to say about this webpage article. Submit any comments via email To: Comments♥EverythingAboutBoats.org (Replace "♥" with "@"). Be sure to include this page's title in the subject line. Also, your corrections, updates, additions and suggestions are welcomed. Please submit them via email To: Editor♥EverythingAboutBoats.org (Replace "♥" with "@"). It has been truly amazing to see what we have been able to accomplished when we've worked together. Thanks to all those that have donated their valuable time and energy, and a special THANK YOU to all that have supported this cause with their membership donations."
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