First Mates' Forum

This forum provides a place for First Mates to ask questions, share boat-keeping ideas, and address non-technical topics of interest such as provisioning, cleaning, storage, decorating tips, handy gadgets, cooking, onboard communication, safety, docking & locking, line handling, trip planning, etc. This forum is intended as an opportunity for First Mates to learn from and help one another. (This is not intended to replace Facebook, which is a place for posting travel plans and pictures, and more general discussion.)


When posting a question or sharing an idea or tip, please consider the following:


• In the “Subject line” provide a short general description (example: Rust Stain Removal) 
• Describe the issue or problem in some detail, but don't write a book. (For example: What will remove rust stains from my non-skid deck surface? I’ve already tried Z, Y, and Z.) 
• Provide one or two pictures to clarify, if necessary (but please don't overload the system with a lot of photos). 


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Please note, in order to manage the connection between the DeFever Cruisers website and the DeFever Cruisers Forum, the “Display Name” format must be:  last name, first name (& secondary first name, if appropriate), such as “Doe, John & Jane.”  It is the single common factor to ensure both systems are in sync. Therefore we ask you not to change the display name


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