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How many times have you flailed about for information about your C&C 27? Tried to find out how to order a replacement part, or track down the acceptable length of a spinnaker pole? Or find reasonable ways of removing paint from the bottom? Since 2000, this site has enabled C&C 27 owners to share information you need for hassle-free ownership of these boats.
The site comprises two main channels of information. Both can be searched using the Google search on the Home page; you are strongly encouraged to use this, or the search capabilities built into our Forum software (of which more a few lines down):
You are welcome to read our Forum and site without registering; if you want to post, you
must register. We had a plague of 'Spam-bots' registering themselves for our Forum at the
rate of hundreds a day, so we must make potential posters apply for registration. All that
is necessary is to send an e-mail to
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Once we have that (and only when we have all of that), you'll be signed up. Please note that the admin likes to sail as much as you do, so there may be a gap between you sending your info and being registered). We also strongly suggest you read the material below, introducing you to the culture of our Forum.
Incidentally, we understand that passwords are a real pain, but so is spam. Every one of the admin's friends who uses Hotmail has had his or her address book hacked, which means that all these people's friends are getting more spam. This page has some simple guidance on making memorable, secure passwords. Also, if you want to learn some strategies for managing passwords (we're stuck with them, so we might as well learn to deal with them), Google the phrase, "how to write a strong password". FYI, the admin uses an encrypted page that holds dozens of utterly un-memorable strong passwords. This is in turn protected by a unique (not used elsewhere) strong and memorable password.
Selling your C&C 27
If you simply want to sell your C&C 27 or equipment (27-specific only) rather than participate in the Forum, please write an ad describing the boat and its equipment and send it to , and it will be posted on the Forum. This is simpler than signing up. A 'throw-away' address on Gmail or Yahoo or wherever is a good idea unless you want to get spam on your home address for the next ten lifetimes. Since no one tells us that things have been sold, For Sale notices may be removed after six months unless they are renewed by the seller or otherwise active.
Using the Forum
We want the Forum to be a durable resource, which is to say that if you have an interesting question and someone out there has a thoughtful answer, we want them on the site so that others can read it, today and for as long as this site lasts. Therefore, Rule Number One (the one and only rule on the Forum) is:
These are not rules but observing them is in your interest...
Familiarize yourself with the contents of the site, particularly Black Arts, which functions as a "how-do-I..." FAQ. If you have a specific question you need to ask, use the Search function in the Forum to see if people have already answered your questions. There are many long, thoughtful answers in our Forum, ready for you to read at your convenience; don't expect people to repeat themselves for you. Moreover, if the Forum is dominated by discussions of traveller replacement for two weeks, then you roll in a week later and post a new query about choosing a traveller, you're going to have a hard time regaining a reputation for intelligent participation.
You can read the Forum as a guest, but registering has been made mandatory for those who want to post because of persistent spamming. Look for the word 'Register' just under the row of boats. Submitting a profile (first and last name plus general location at a minimum) for the Forum is now mandatory as a means of separating real from spurious registrations. Location and boat information may help others answer your questions. If you have registered and signed in (it's automatic after the first time if you make it so):
Readable posts get read and answered. Therefore, you ought to...
Most of us now have digital cameras and many users of this forum have questions, answers or ideas that can best be explained with a photo, so there are often requests to "post it in Black Arts". However, this site is definitely Web 1.0, rather than Web 2.0, so you can't post to Black Arts; only the Admin can, and it's sufficiently time-consuming that only items of longer-term, broader-spectrum interest are so honoured.
There are some simple workarounds: Dropbox and photo- sharing web services. Dropbox is essentially a file-sharing site, but it does allow you to post photos for others to look at; you can even specify if others are allowed to add to the collection and a variety of other entertaining activities.
Alternatively, post your photo on a site specifically devoted to sharing photos, such as Flickr, Snapfish, Picasa or any of the other photo-sharing sites.
Im not going to explain how to do it here, because they all provide tutorials about their own requirements.
Once you have uploaded your photo and copied the URL, you then have three options. You can simply copy the URL from your browser and paste it in a post, as in
"Here's a picture of my backstay:
Or you can do a little html wrangling and write the following.
"Here's a picture of <a href="http://www.cc27association.com/photos/backstay.jpg" target="_blank">my backstay</a>.
Blah, blah, blah."
In the string from <a href... to </a>, you insert your own photo's web address between the first quote marks and instead of "my backstay." the words you want as link-words.
Both the previous options will make the photo open in a new window. To make the photo open within your post, in-line with your text, and just like fancy-pants Web 2.0 Forum software, write
"Here's a picture of my backstay. Blah, blah, blah.
Again, the URL between the quote marks should be the URL of your photo. Don't worry about the codes in brackets – they will be rendered as commands and disappear when you submit your post.
When you compose a post in our Forum, you have the opportunity to preview your submission; don't forget to test the link then. Remember also that if you change the location of the photo, you'll break the link. Use the 'Edit' button to repair the link.
Viewing This Site
One of the first principles of the Web is that it should not matter what sort of computer or monitor you have. So, you will not find a "Best viewed in..." statement on this site. No matter what you're using to browse this site, everything should be available to you. To achieve that, every page on this site has been subjected to the validators provided by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Unfortunately, the address of our Forum contains characters that generate errors, and that address appears on every page, so we can't claim this site is fully compliant. The Cascading Style Sheet (of which more below) passes, so we get to show this image on the page:
In addition to recognizing the universality intended for the Web, we recognize that not everyone has high-speed access, so images over about 26kb are always preceded by thumbnails so you can decide whether you want to look at them or not. There are no animations or movies.
The remaining issue is that you may encounter problems if your type size is extremely large. As shipped and installed, most PC browsers display type at a size used by newspapers to announce the outbreak of war – far too large for normal viewing. Large text will also do funny things to the page layouts. The embedded style sheet should reduce the defaults to something manageable, but if your type is still so large that words overflow their assigned spaces, pull down the View menu, drag to Font Size and select smaller. Reading overly large text is more tiring than reading a normal size, so you may want to keep the smaller setting as a browser property.
If you run into problems or see what appears to be a blunder or omission on my part, .