Boat owners are you on the RailMeets Boat Finder? If you are not and you need crew you better get there. I currently own one boat and manage another. Each boat is getting 2-3 requests from crew every week. Need some help? See our new help center
RailMeets has been growing by leaps and bounds, thank you for your support! We are on our way to becoming the biggest way to organize your crew, find new crew or find a boat to crew on.
Over the last year we have added lots of new features many of them requested by you. To help you use RailMeets to its fullest potential we have added a help section. Wondering how to do something? There is a help link on the bottom of every page. We are adding more content everyday so check back frequently!
First a new feature requested by a user. We added a dietary preferences in the user profiles so your team mates that might be bring food can see that you only eat chocolate. All kidding aside this is the place where you can let your teammates know about your food allergies. Click on your picture in the upper right then My Info, then Edit. Don’t forget to click on Submit when you are done editing.
We also tweaked the Crew and Boat Finders. They can now be sorted by name and Crew can be sorted by when last updated. Also we have been growing so we have added pagination to the lists.
This week we added the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club Offshore fleet schedule to the RailMeets database. You can now add CCYC Wednesday night and weekend series races to your schedule. Go to My Boats, select Events then Add Events From List. Searching on CCYC will bring up all the events. These guys race a lot so to narrow it down even more search on CCYC Wed to bring up just the Wednesday night stuff or CCYC Weekend to see the weekend stuff.
CCYC is a RailMeets Partner and you can also access CCYC.RailMeets.com from the corinthian.org Offshore fleet page. For 2019 you can pay your Offshore Fleet dues on RailMeets, from your Dashboard scroll down and click on MyDues and select Purchase. We will let then know you are all paid up.
Today we posted the Chicago J109 fleet schedule. Here is how to add preset events to your schedule. From My Dashboard click on your boat name, then click on Back To Events, then click on Add Events From List. On the right side you will see a search box, put something in there to narrow the choices, Chicago, CASRA, T10, J109, NOOD etc…
Next click on the events that you want to add to your schedule, don’t forget to set the default times at the top. Top tip – add the events in groups like all the Wednesday night stuff then the weekend stuff. If needed you can also change the times later. Then scroll down and click on Transfer Selected Events. That’s it you are done the selected events have been added to your boats schedule.
This week despite the cold of perhaps because of it we added more events to the set of preset events contained within RailMeets. Waukegan Yacht Club’s entire season schedule is in there and we also added the Chicago Tartan 10 fleet events including the social events, Playpen Party anyone…
Would you like your races / events listed? Send us a note with the details to info@RailMeets.com we can usually have them up and your members can add them to their boats schedule within 24 hrs.
Gang, we have been doing some housekeeping and catching up on user requested features. As you know we have crew and boat finders on RailMeets. The Crew Finder was in the top menu bar but you had to hunt around to find the Boat Finder. We moved it to right between the RailMeets logo and the Crew Finder on the top menu bar. Please take a minute and see who is looking for crew. It’s not too early to start your networking.
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.
Here in the northern hemisphere the boats are away but in preparation for next year we are still adding features to RailMeets. A very much requested feature has been SMS messaging, it is now live. You can set the system to send a text message to your crew for any last minute updates. There are two parts to setting it up. First you and your crew need to set up your profile. Login and then click on your picture in the upper right corner (mobile users look for the three bars in the upper right corner). Select My Info and then click on Edit. Make sure you have your cell phone number in the phone number space and that the flag for country is correct. Click on Submit. Then click on My Settings and then Edit. In the Notifications pane, next to Last Minute Updates check SMS and then Update. That’s it, you are now ready to receive text messages from RailMeets.
When you need to send a last minute text to your crew do the following. From your dashboard click your boat name, that will bring up a list of events, find the event that you need to send the text for, then click on the envelope to send a message.
A window will pop up for you to type your message. Check the box for “Send as last minute notification (SMS if chosen by crew)” In a few seconds your phone will ding with a message. If your crew does not have SMS messaging set up in RailMeets they will get an old fashioned email.
Sad reality is the season is winding down in the northern hemisphere (stop gloating you California and Caribbean users). That doesn’t mean RailMeets can’t be useful. For my boat I just put in a bunch of events for putting the boat away and a Crew BBQ. Here is how you do that. From your dashboard find the boat that you want to set up an event for and click on Events for that boat. Next click on Add Event. From there just fill out the form.
Top Tip – Visibility to All makes it public event, great for fleet parties and club work parties. Clicking on Crew will make it visible only to your crew. Top Tip #2 – Use Meeting on Dock for when you want the crew to show up at your house, Leaving Dock time for when you are lighting the BBQ grill and Race Time for when dinner is served. Or Meet on dock for when you want the work party to arrive Leaving Dock for when you leave the harbor after taking the mast down and Race time for when you get to the boat yard and then go for chili at Lindy’s