Coming Soon -- Two New Online Features!!
The Whitby/Brewer Sailboat Association (WBSA) is excited about the development of two new online features for the WBSA website, an Online Membership Directory and a Boat History Project. We need your assistance to make two new exciting projects for the WBSA website a reality. See below for details...
WHAT? -- Two New Web Features
1) Online Membership Directory
- This online directory will replace our previous "yellow book" which was only available in a hard copy printed version and last updated in 2010.
- The online directory will include contact and boat information for all current and former Whitby-Brewer owners who choose to share their information.
- To keep your information secure, the directory will be accessible only to current and former WB boat owners who are logged into the WBSA site. We will never share your personal information with any third party.
- Only those members who have given the WBSA explicit permission will be included in the online directory. The WBSA web site has been recently updated with new features in the members profiles including a new question asking each member of they would like to be in the online membership directory. See below for details about how to update your info.
- The online directory will be instantly updated whenever someone makes changes in their profile.
- A printable version of the directory will be available as a .PDF file so you can keep it electronically or on paper as a handy reference without the need of internet access.
2) Whitby Brewer Boat History Project
- This project's goal is to collect boat and owner information for every Whitby and Brewer hull number that was manufactured. Ideally, every hull number will have manufacturing information (model, year, location), a history of current and past owners and boat names, and the status of each boat (to show which boats are still being used or which have been lost and are no longer a part of the fleet.)
- As part of the process of gathering information, we need every WBSA member to update their online profile which has new fields to collect more detailed information on the boats and owners. See below for details about how to update your info.
- After gathering this initial data from the online profiles, Membership Coordinator Jeanie Lee will be asking WB Owners to help supply any additional information they may have about other owners of their own boat.
- Additional information will be sought by researching online sources such as the Coast Guard's documentation records.
- The Boat History Project will eventually be shared online with WBSA members. Everyone will have an opportunity to share their knowledge about any gaps in the boat histories for any boat.
- In order to respect privacy, the Boat History Project will only share the type of information that is already found in public records, e.g. boat manufacturing information (model, year, location), current and past owners with boat names and hailing ports, and the status of each boat in the fleet. Personal contact information won't be included in this publication, but the new WBSA Online Membership Directory will share that type of info.
WHO? -- All Past and Current WB Owners
Whether you are a current Whitby or Brewer sailboat owner or you sold your boat many years ago, please make a short visit to the WBSA website to update your online profile. The new information fields will allow you to opt into the online directory and also to provide several new items about your boat to help with the Boat History Project.
WHERE? -- Update Your Online Profile
We have added some new fields for every member's online profile. Please take a moment to update your online profile on the WBSA site at: whitbybrewersailboats.com
- Login to your account
- Under the User Menu, click on "My Profile"
- Click on "Edit"
- Click on "Update Your Profile"
- Select each of the tabs to update Contact Info, Partner/Crew Information, Boat Information, etc.
- After you have finished updating your information, click on "Update" to save your changes
HOW? -- Give Us All the Details
Please be sure to click on each of the tabs in the profile and include as much detail for you and your boat as you can. A few highlights of the new information that we need:
- At the bottom of the "Contact Info" tab, be sure to check "yes" or "no" to the new question asking if we can share your information in the Online Membership Directory.
- In the "Partner/Crew Information" tab, add your spouse or partner's contact information.
- In the "Boat Information" tab, all of this information will be helpful for the Boat History Project so please be thorough and include your hull number, the years that you purchased or sold your boat, and your hailing port.
WHEN? -- Now is Best!
You are able to update your profile at any time, but to help us kick start these projects, we ask that you update your profile by Sunday, November 15, 2015.
Feel free to contact the membership coordinator or the webmaster if you have any questions. Thanks for your help!
WBSA Membership Coordinator
The Whitby and Brewer Sailboat Association
Whitby 42 and 55, Brewer 42, 12.8 and 44
We are a group of sailors who own, use or are interested in Ted Brewer designed boats primarily focused on Whitby Boat Works Whitby 42 and 55, Ft. Myers' Whitby 42, Brewer 42, 44, and 12.8. The goals of the Association are simple: learn, share and help others learn about, maintain, repair, sail and enjoy their Ted Brewer designed boats. While there can be significant differences between models - and often variations between boats built successively - all share similar characteristics.
- You are invited to join and participate regardless of your experience level.
- There are no dues. Events are organized and costs passed on to attendees.
- Check the Local Rendezvous info to meet up with some of the folks who share your interests.
- Joining is as simple as registering on this site and participating..
Whitby 42 - A many-faceted boat known by many names
© Ed Lawrence
This article originally appeared in the September / October 2005 issue of Good Old Boat magazine.
Ever have one of those conversations during which you wonder if you and other participants are speaking the same language or discussing the same topic? Actually, those can be fun when you're speaking with someone whose pronunciation makes “hail" sound like the place in which sinners reside.
I recently endured such an experience while discussing the attributes and merits of the Whitby 42 with several owners.
“What I really like is the bowsprit and cutter rig," one says.
“My boat doesn't have a bowsprit," another responds.
“Well, I really like the centerboard because it allows me to get into shallow anchorages and improves performance to weather," a third voice adds.
Brian Stewart's Whitby 42, Pilgrim, awaits the return of her crew, above.
“Centerboard! What centerboard? My boat has a full, shallow-draft keel that only draws 5 feet," adds a fourth.