There are several mailing lists available on this site. If you don't know, a
mailing list is bit of software that turns email into a group discussion. You
subscribe to a mailing list like you would subscribe to a magazine. Like a
magazine, you will receive issues, but by email rather than postal mail. The
difference between the mailing list and a magazine, however, is that these
issues are written by other subscribers of the mailing list, people just like you.
You can write issues, too. In fact, you're encouraged to do so.
Alberg 30 public mailing list is a friendly place where Alberg 30 owners and other
enthusiasts gather to discuss things such as boats, cruising,
and Carl Alberg. Most of the
discussions tend to center around maintenance and upgrade
issues. That's not surprising; this is a group of boat
owners. It's also a good place to ask questions about the
boat, or to ask about available boats for sale.
If you want to see what's been discussed, read the
archives of past messages.
(Archives of the old
eGroups list are still available on Yahoo. Some of these are now
incorporated in the public-list archives on this site.)
Join the list at
or by sending email to
with the word `help' in the subject or body (don't include the
quotes), and you will get back a message with instructions.
These are the places to go if you want to change the options
in your subscription, too.
Note that most of the commands require your password. Insert your actual password where
the examples show "mypassword". If you don't remember your password, see I forgot my password!, below. Of course, you should also replace
"email@example.com" or "firstname.lastname@example.org" with
your actual email address. If you use more than one email address, you
need to be consistent in your usage with the mailing list. The software
has no way of knowing that multiple addresses refer to the same person.
There are a lot of options, but the most common ones
(sent in the subject or as the body of the message to the
same address) are:
These examples show how to subscribe in normal mode, in digest mode
(one email per day), and subscribing an address other than the one
from which you're sending. (You'll still have to confirm the
subscription, so you can't sign up your buddy as a surprise.)
- To subscribe:
- subscribe digest
- subscribe email@example.com
- To unsubscribe:
- unsubscribe mypassword
- unsubscribe mypassword firstname.lastname@example.org
- To change to or from digest mode:
- set digest on mypassword
- set digest off mypassword
- To stop the mail (say, for vacation) without unsubscribing:
- set nomail on mypassword
- To restart the mail after vacation:
- set nomail off mypassword
- What else can I do via email?
- These are just a few of the options. The `help' command will
get the complete list.
- I forgot my password!
- Don't worry, this is easy to solve.
- This will take you to a page with a button labeled
"Email My Password To Me"
- You can get to this page directly at http://email@example.com if you substitute your own email address for "firstname.lastname@example.org".
- I want to post messages from two locations, but
receive messages at only one
- Just subscribe both email addresses and set the "nomail"
option on one of them.
- My email address has changed
- You'll need to unsubscribe the old one and subscribe the
new one. The software doesn't have any concept of people, just
email addresses. (This is just a mailing list. It's not collecting
marketing information on you like YahooGroups does.)
- Can I do these things online?
- Yes, you can subscribe on the page
- You can also set (or check) your subscription options online.
Just go to
(substituting your email address for "email@example.com").
The form, above, will take you to the same place.
There are lots of things you can do, and lots of ways you can do
them. Yes, it gets a little confusing at times, but it's really not
very hard. Give it a try. If you really get stuck, ask for help,
but the purpose of a mailing list is that subscribers can maintain their
Racing list is similar to the above, but set up for those who race
Alberg 30s on the Chesapeake Bay. It will have information about the
upcoming races and discussions of the racing schedule.
The same commands described above for the public-list work for the racing-list if you substitute "racing" for "public" in the URLs.
Alberg 30 member list is restricted to members of the Alberg 30
Association. This list is much less active than the public-list.
The message archives of this list are restricted to subscribers.
This provides a place for discussions that are more sensitive,
pertain only to Association members, or perhaps
for people feeling a little shy.
The same commands described above for the public-list work for the member-list if you substitute "member" for "public" in the URLs.
by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr
We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy
the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but
I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part
of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your
floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.
The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to
make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one
that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to
stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.
Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking,
boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.
Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many
Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are
born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his