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  • ...Don't be rude.
  • ...Don't post inappropriate pictures.
  • ...Posting copyrighted content without the permission of the copyright owner is not permitted. If copyrighted content is posted without permission, the copyright owner may contact us about the potential infringement, and request removal. Click DMCA for information on getting in touch with the our DMCA Designated Agent to make a formal complaint. You can also find the Designated Agent in the Designated Agent Registry of the US Copyright Office.
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  • ...Don't create a new user to come back in if you were temporarily or permanently banned. It's bad Karma.
  • ...Banning is bad for your health. Okay, smoking is worse. But, banning is like being in time-out when you were a munchkin.
  • ...Need to report an inappropriate posting/thread? Be sure to include a direct link, and why the posting is inappropriate.
  • ...What isn't appropriate to post? If you have to ask, you ought to skip registering. But, if you wouldn't say it to your kids, it doesn't belong here.
  • ...How to un-register: simply stop posting. You can also delete your own posts.


    Click the red Registration link on the homepage, or the registration tab near the upper right. Please note: your WoodenBoat Site, or WoodenBoat Subscription, or WoodenBoat Store login/passwords do not automatically take effect here.

  • Approval usually happens within 24 hrs
  • To make your registration delay for days and days, skip the location question of City/State/Country
  • Approval means you'll get an email confirmation to which you need to respond, to activate the account. If no confirmation, check your spam filter.

    It's pretty easy... we know that because there are over 3.5 million posts on the WoodenBoat Forum.
    You need to be registered, and you need to be logged-in. Then you need to be "in" one of the sections, like Building / Repair. You can create a new thread, OR you can reply to an existing thread. Click that "New Thread" icon (near the upper left) to create a new thread--as opposed to posting comments to an existing thread. A thread refers to a series of postings. Once you are in a thread, you can't create a new thread... you can only post to it... so you click that "post reply" icon.

    It may be that the host of the image is no longer hosting.
    If you are not registered/logged into the Forum, you might not see SOME images.
    You may have "display images" disabled in your browser.

    Hit that "What's New?" tab near the upper left of the screen. Please note: that excludes The Bilge. Of course, you can always see what's new in each Forum section by clicking into that section. Newest posts are at the top.


  • Posting copyrighted content without the permission of the copyright owner is not permitted. We say this above, but it bears repeating. Don't do it.
  • ...Click the image icon when you are in the posting section
  • ...Select From My Computer unless linking from a URL
  • ...Click Select Files (you need to know where you stashed them)
  • ...Click Upload Files. You'll then see a thumbnail of the image
  • ...Click Post Quick Reply and it will post in a bigger size.
  • ...Note: if you have a "portrait" formatted image, the software will turn it sideways. So, you can either crop the image, or, put it on a "canvas" that will make it landscape orientation. (Horizontals work, verticals get turned horizontal.)
  • ...Images byte size should be under 90k and sized not greater than 700 x 700 pixels
  • ...Of course, you are welcome to host your own images. One advantage is self-hosting is others will see the images even if not logged-in. For images we host, the viewer must have an account and be logged in.
  • ...Should you have back-up of images you post? You betcha.

    For a "how-to post images" series of screenshots, click Posting Images.

    -- REMEMBER: if you post inappropriate images, you lose your posting privileges. --

    Other hosting sites recommended by Forum Folks:,, Shutterfly, Flikr.


  • ...There's a film icon when you're in posting mode. Click that and paste the link
  • ...If you have your own video, the simple thing is to create a YouTube acct, upload to it, and then link, as above.

    The built-in search function is LESS than stellar. Instead you might use Google's "Advanced Search" and paste into the "Search Within a Site or Domain". It's under the "Need More Tools" section.

    In lieu of getting younger eyes, just try hitting "control" "+" to make the type larger and then "control" "-" to make it smaller again.


    FORGOT Your Login or Password? Click Ooopst... Forgot My Login and/or Password

    Put in your registration email, and answer the 'humane' verification question. Don't ask the admin for it... we don't have it. Logins and passwords are case sensitive... so be extra sensitive to that.

    Don't recall your login or password? Register anew.

    Changed email accts and you don't have access to the acct you originally used? Then just register anew.

    User name already taken? Pick another. Yes, it can be a close variation.

    You asked for your password to be emailed, and you never got it? Most likely you have an incorrect email. Double-check your spam filters, and if nothing, register anew, carefully typing your email address.

    You've been logging in for AGES, but recently it won't allow it? Try going in from our WoodenBoat homepage: That will probably cure it. Or, reboot, clear cache, try a different browser.

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    The originator of the thread accidentally hits the box titled "Close thread". Re-open by going INTO the thread and using "Thread Tools" up near the top. But, you have to be the one who created the thread.

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