We recently added some more new features. We expanded the types of boat clarification for your profile. You can now select from four different boat types. 1) Small One-Design Keelboat, think Rhodes 19, Soling, Etchells, B) Large One-Design Keelboat, think J/24, J105, Tartan 10 Farr 40 etc, III) Handicap Keelboat and d) Multihull for those of you that just cant get enough speed!
To change your settings click on your picture in the upper right corner than My Info, then My Profile, then Edit. You can now select what types of boats you are interested in. Don’t forget to click on update.
If you are a boat owner and let’s say you have a Rhodes 19 and you are looking for a foredeck. You can go to the crew finder, click on Small Keelboat and then click on foredeck and voila there are some prospects.
Did you know there is a Super User Mode? There has been one for some time but we didn’t say too much about it as we didn’t like it and depending on what computer and browser you had it was sloooow. This week we revamped the Super User Mode (SUM) to be as fast as the man of steel. Why use SUM? We all have that one friend or weird uncle that just ain’t computer literate. To keep track of him on your crew go to the confirm signups page. If you are a Skipper or Crew Boss you will see a pencil after the event name in the events column.
Click on the pencil, that will bring up a new screen just for that event. From there you can edit your crew’s signups for that event. Don’t forget to click on Confirm to finalize the changes
Based on user feedback we made some tweaks to how the crew for your events are displayed. Now the first couple of leftmost spots are always the boat owner and the crew bosses. Next the the crew is listed by most active to least active, if there is a tie then the order is alphabetical. What was happening was there were a few owners /crew bosses that have busy travel schedules and had a habit of signing up late. The crew boss would confirm crew but accidentally leave off the owner because he was on the far right side, doh! Remember from left to right – owner and crew bosses first then crew with most activity listed to the left. Crew gets more points for being confirmed or standby, then available, maybe and unavailable. No points for not entering anything, aka “unknown”.
You may have noticed that RailMeets lists your crew in alphabetical order but when they start signing up it seems to get scrambled. There is a method to the madness. The more stuff a crew member signs up for the more RailMeets thinks he or she is worth and moves them to the left nearest to the event. It is forward looking so it’s looking at future signups. Want to include past performance? Click on the “Show past signups” to include all data.
We added a feature today specifically for captains and crew bosses. You now can send an invitation to your crew to join you on RailMeets. From the Dashboard near the bottom your will see “Want to bring in your existing crew? Invite them from your boat’s crew list page.” Clicking on that will take you to a list of your crew. Scroll down and you will see a button to “Invite your Crew”.
That will bring up a box that you can input email addresses. Maybe you have a crew email you send out every week. Copy and paste those into the box. The system will figure out the emails as long as you have a space between them. Comma, semicolon, it doesn’t matter what your email program uses to separate the addresses as long as there is a space between them. If they are not email addresses the system will also recognize that and not send an email to the junk.
The system will send an email to that person inviting them join RailMeets with a link to the site and your boat.
Setting your location – keep it general. I was looking at the crew finder and I am seeing people from all over the country. That’s great, thank you for using RailMeets! Top tip when you enter your location don’t enter your street address or neighborhood or anything that specific as that information will appear in the crew search. Here why, say a visiting skipper is racing in Chicago and he needs crew. Whats the first thing he does? He goes on RailMeets to look. First thing he does is check Chicago as a location. Why? cause that’s where he is at. He doesn’t know where Villa Park is so he never finds you and you miss an opportunity.
Last week when we revamped the crew profile we also revamped the crew finders. In the old system crew would indicate which of the major crew positions they were interested in and then state an average experience level. Skippers would search on that. but not everybody is great at everything. The new system allows crew to rate themselves at the major positions and skippers can search on those ratings. Now you can find someone with the skills needed to fit even better into your program.
Our good friends at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club have a new crew finder and guess what? It’s Powered by RailMeets! This is the first of many partnerships that we will be announcing in the coming months. If you are a current RailMeets user your RailMeets user ID and password will work across all the Powered by RailMeets sites. Best of all you can see your data across all our partner sites.
Looking for a boat? Looking for crew? Why post your phone number and email address on some musty old school crew and boat finder when you can use RailMeets or our partner sites like CCYC. Your information is kept secure and you don’t have to worry about your email getting spammed. You can use the search function to find the perfect boat or crew member. You chose what information is displayed and who you share it with. You can actively search and contact prospective crew or boats or passively wait for someone to contact you.
Want to power your clubs crew and boat finder with RailMeets, please contact us to learn more or visit our site.
I saw some of you over the weekend and were asking how to get your crew on to RailMeets. First they have to have an account. It’s free so no excuse. Once they have the account and log in they will see this page.
Click on “If you are part of an existing crew find it here” Click on the “here”. If will bring up a list of all the boats in the system, Tell them which boat to find and click on “Join Crew” They will be added to the crew. Easy Peasy.
Our one design users have been asking for a way to tally up the confirmed crew weight. We released the new feature this week and I think we got it right, in this post I am going to show you how to use it. For those of you that want there is a quick video:
For those of you that like to skip ahead keep reading. First you need to log in to RailMeets.com, from your dashboard click on my boats and then click on the boat that you wish to set up. That should bring up your boat profile
Look at Max Weight of Crew, if there is a value there and you are happy with it you are done, you may skip ahead. If the Max Weight of Crew is set to unknown or some value that you want to change click on edit. If the box is empty then crew weight is not calculated. It is only calculated if there is a value in the Max Weight of Crew field. Click submit to save the change and you are done setting the boat up.
Next go to view boat signups
If you did everything properly in each event box you should see two green boxes. One is for weight and the other for number of crew.
As you confirm crew the numbers in the green boxes will increase. When they exceed the maximum amount the color of the box will change from green to red.
If a crew member has not entered their weight in their profile a little red warning triangle will be shown under their name. Taping on the red warning sign will bring up the messaging app where the crew manager can contact them to update their profile with their weight.
For a crew member to update their weight they need to click on their picture on the upper right corner and select edit profile from there they can enter a weight and save their profile.
I should note that individual crew weights are not displayed anywhere other than in your own profile and only the total confirmed crew weight is displayed to the crew boss or boat owner.