I love it that people are using the blogs and the site gallery. I never know how people will react to the site, but so far i think it's been really good.
It would be cool to get some of the more experienced sailors to do a couple of pages on things like, a racing tack, runner profile and alignment, modern mast tuning, driving in partial snow cover, essential gear to bring to the regatta, etc..
Another thing I'd like to do is to load up all the IDNIYRA scores in a database, then you could graph your ranking, and compare yourself to your archrival, or see your ranking over history, etc..
I had my maiden voyage on the DN I bought from Dave Onan Friday. The ice was reasonable with 2-5 inches, only one small open spot and 10-15 MPH. Jim McDonough, Mark Christenson, Steve Kennedy and an assortment of ice boarders and one kite, made for a small crowd. The DN went together with Jim and Mark's help. Even the runners were in close alignment. Only problem after 2-3 hours was a sore neck! Not the most comfortable position, but enjoyed the speed and jibes. Looks like another great day coming with sun and wind.
It's been two busy weeks in the basement.
I've replaced the rusty nuts and bolts on
the "B.I." boom with stainless steel, cleaned
my stainless blocks, made assembly
stands for installing runners on the ice,
repaired the sail (last week), made a new
braided sheet line (still not sure there).
Aluminum (w/insert) runners are cleaned
and sharpened, may get painted later...
I tried a couple of different methods to make sure they were parallel. I did it with the plank off of the boat. The theory is get the chocks straight and then fine tune with the runners.
first i had 2 48" drywall tees hooked to the outside of the chocks, and then a 5' level to line the to up. I wrapped bike inner tubes around the level and the tee.. and wha-la i had a jig.
But then after i was done i put the level on the chock fore-aft like an runner and then measured each end of the level- back through to the inside of the opposite chock's axel hole. That worked better i think. All and all it took me quite a while.
Today I sent out emails to the previous users of iceboating.net. I also posted a message at the idniyra bbs
The relaunch looks pretty sucessful.
We got two new users, welcome aboard icesailr, and yankeeboyc152,
And I found a boom. It happens that quick.
I think a dozen users out of seventy logged back in, not to bad.. Maybe more later, i hope i didn't alienate anybody by having the site dark for so long. At one time I think we had 30 guests..
We can now post pictures, or I can batch load a bunch of pics. The personal gallery is a bit funky. No folders on personal gallery pages.. but that's okay.
I'm playing around with the themes... so you might be getting a different look.. but it's the same stuff..
I think we are about to go live.
I would like to get the FAQ, and photo Gallery going..
and holy crap there are almost 70 users.. i had no idea..
I've got the forums going, now I want to import the old site users into this site. oh yea, and polls..
I'm going to turn on the forum's and a poll, then see about style and image config.