Re: Calling all FC sailors
Posted by: calclements
Date: May 11, 2017 03:18AM
When I bought Bandit, Hull #2, she came with a complete (I think) set of newsletters... starting in 1981 and going to 2009. About 300 pages. I read each issue. It is nice to see a history of companionship. But even then, as seems to be true now, owners were far flung and often out of touch with each other. I suppose with only 41 hulls, the FC owners get busy with other things. There was one fellow who wrote in once to say that he's had his FC on a trailer in his backyard ever since bought new as a kit boat. The interior was about 80% complete. He hoped to sail one day.
It's too bad, though, that we don't have a forum as strong as those that surround other boats, such as the Nor'sea, or vehicles, like certain vintage cars--I have had a few and have found the assistance offered to be REALLY helpful.
I set up a Facebook group called "Friends of the Falmouth Cutter." FB has advantages and disadvantages of course. One advantage is that it is so easy to include photographs in each post, which helps a lot with technical issues. The advantage of a forum list, like this one, is that it is searchable.
I guess my solution is to post to a FB group like "Sailing and Cruising," which has 20,000 members. They know a lot about boats. But they don't know specifics, like how is the rudder made? Our rudders appear to be solid plastic. Much better than wood (no rot). It could be that the BCC list is more active.
In any case, I have the newsletters and I'd be happy to copy them and mail them--at cost.