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 Posted: 04-21-2004 04:39 pm
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Stuart W

Joined: 02-19-2004
Location: Virginia USA
Posts: 2887
Welcome to IP Home Port!

IP Home Port is a volunteer-operated and commercial-free website that has served Island Packet Yacht owners (and wannabes) around the world since 1998.  This website is all about knowledge delivery - our goal, simply stated, is to deliver the information that you need to optimize your Island Packet experience without a lot of noise getting in the way.

The IP Home Port website offers these features to registered users :
  • Discussion Forum : The forum uses the latest available message board technology to give members a variety of options for posting questions, searching the archives, monitoring forum traffic, and sharing information.  Major features of the latest forum software upgrade include :

    • A powerful full-text search tool
    • A full WYSIWYG editor with spell-checking
    • User-selectable daily digests or real-time notifications
    • Watched topic and watched forum capability
    • An RSS feed
    • Private Messaging
    • On-line polling
    • Personalized avatars
    • Single sign-on integration with the rest of IP Home Port
The forum also offers a flexible category structure designed to help organize the wide variety of knowledge that has accumulated since the forum first went on-line.  Approximately 14,000 posts are accessible on-line at any time via navigation of the category structure or full text search.
  • Owner Registry : This is a searchable, custom-coded database of 1200+ IP owners from all around the world and is arguably one of the best in the marine industry.

  • Photo Gallery : This is a fully-integrated, searchable collection of member-posted photographs depicting all aspects of IP ownership - the boats, the people, the places, and even the pets!

  • IP Model Info : This comparison page contains primary specifications for all Island Packet models along with links to the factory website for even more information.

  • Useful Links : This page contains a large collection of sailing-oriented website addresses and, in one form or another, has been in use since IP Home Port first launched in 1998.

  • File Downloads : If you're looking for reference information about your Island Packet then this resource page is a great place to start your search!

  • Calendar : The Calendar shows upcoming events such as boat shows, owner Rendezvous, and even forum member birthdays. Any registered user can post IP-related events here.

  • Member Directory / Map - This directory of forum members allows you to search by user name or location and, for US members, includes a hot-linked map of members organized by state.
IP Home Port is now on its fourth major iteration since the original launch in 1998.  Countless hours have been spent by both myself and Bobby Ward (the forum moderator, username 'grainne') to keep the everything running smoothly. 

So what's next for IP Home Port?  There's always a development project of some sort underway, so be sure and check back often to find out what's new!  The site is constantly being tuned for better information delivery, so if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions to make it better meet your needs please feel free to contact me directly via PM.

Fair Winds!

Stuart Williams
Webmaster, IP Home Port
The Official Website For Island Packet Yacht Owners Since 1998

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