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7th Jan 2006
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Member Stats
Member No. 1
Registered 7th Jan 2006
Last Online 16th Feb 2019
City Cheshire
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 1
Sailing Locations 3
Forum Posts 268
Photos Posted 47
Likes Received 121
Likes Given 156
295 Total Posts
Sailing Locations
Southport Model Boat Club
Since: 24th Dec 2012
Test Club
Since: 19th Jun 2017
34" Aerokits Crash Tender
Type: Fire Boat
Fleet Admiral!
Ranks Points
Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
Apprentice 2
Recruit 0
Top Ranking Member!
Activity Worth Awarded
Boats in Harbour 8 8
Forum Thread 5 215
Forum Post 2 536
Event 8 72
Photo Gallery 10 10
Photos Response 3 9
Video Post 15 60
Video Response 3 9
Build Blog 20 0
Blog Post 5 0
Blog Response 3 27
Sailor 8 24
Guestbook Post 8 0
Liked Posts 1 156
Received Likes 2 242
1368 Total Points
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Recent Posts
New Website Sneak Peak by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
Thought I'd share a sneak peak of the new website with everyone. I was hoping it'd be live by now, but things have required more development time than I first thought. So instead of giving you all a half-baked system, I've kept it in development a bit longer. In the screenshots: - New home page layout, forum middle-top, then build blogs, media gallery, events, clubs/lakes, new harbour boats, a new section for how-to articles and useful links. - How-to articles can be edited - Useful links can be posted on their own - Any member can follow any other member - Forum threads as well as blogs can be followed - New events section, with calendar and map - New places section, also with map - Cleaner layout for forum threads and blogs - Completely refreshed mobile app - New ranking system (some of you will change rank, but it'll remain fair to who has contributed the most) - Easier login, easier uploading of files, easier posting in general - Faster website, all database queries have been restructured to provide fast responses - New notifications area showing all updates to everything you're following There's a tonne more, I do think you'll all love the new site once it's live. Still don't want to promise dates, but when it's ready, it'll launch! Many thanks again to everyone who supports this website. Without this, we'd have sunk years ago! Stephen

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
🎄🎄 Merry Christmas 🎄🎄 everyone! Thank you all too for another fantastic year. Thanks to everyone who's supported the website and donated. Soon you'll all see a brand new, faster and easier to use website. Development has been going on across the year, so fingers crossed there will be a launch soon 😉 It's all your continued support that makes upgrades possible 👍 Have a super day, hope Santa brings everything you wanted 🎅 and enjoy your times with family & friends. Stephen

Latest Post by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 months ago
Hi, I'm afraid there's no way to do this, except in the build blogs. Forum threads are always chronological order with the original post at the top and newest at the bottom. Thanks, Stephen

new post emails by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 months ago
Hi Boat Shed, This will be resolved when the new website launches. The new email format is also better designed to display on phones and desktops, with hyperlinks that go directly to the correct part of the website. Just don't ask when this will be live 😊 it's in development and I'll post further news as it gets closer to going live. Thanks, Stephen

site surgestions by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 months ago
It's a good idea and I can see how this is useful on mobile platforms. I'm currently working on a new website so will take it into consideration. The new site is being built from the ground up to support any device and any screensize. One thing you can do on iPhone and iPads at least, is tap the top status bar where the clock is displayed. This will scroll to the top of the page you're viewing. In the blog section it's also possible to view newest posts first, although this makes less sense for forum threads so they're likely to stay in chronological order. Not at a point to release more details on the new website, but I think you'll all be very pleased with it when it arrives! As Doug says we are a volunteer run website, so sometimes things take a bit more time, but we get there! Thanks for the feedback. Stephen

Ranking System by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 months ago
Hi All, see the attached proposal for the new ranking levels and insignia. Logos will become square, so I've tried my best to replicate any official insignia into the bounds of a square logo. Hopefully these will be understandable. In general, the more stripes the higher the rank. Also black backgrounds are higher ranking than blue backgrounds. Let me know what you think. The scoring will remain at 1000, although there will be changes to the worth of posts, likes etc. So at some point later in the year all members will be given a new rank against the new structure. Thanks for the feedback so far. Stephen

Ranking System by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 months ago
Hi Smiffy, Admiral of the Fleet indeed is correct, but was shortened deliberately to reduce the length of the text. In some areas of the website it's too long to display properly. 1st, 2nd and 3rd sea lord is a viable option. Will see what others come up with too 😎

Ranking System by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 months ago
Hi All, right now there's a chance to update the ranking system on the website. It won't be updated until later in the year, but I'd like to give you all a chance to comment on the attached restructuring. The only thing that is important, is that we have 20 different ranks. I don't mind if we mix US and UK, or ranks from different forces, provided it makes rough logical sense. Please submit your opinions and amendments below. Many thanks, Stephen

Donations - Thank You by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 year ago
Hi All, Just a quick thank you to everyone who donated in 2017 and so far in 2018. It's only with the kind contribution of members this website keeps going. Advertising helps, but it doesn't fully cover the costs of hosting, domains, mobile apps, security certificates and upkeep on its own. A few things on here are due an overhaul again, usually I take time out at Christmas to overhaul sections of the website, but this Christmas break was too hectic, so the website had to take the back seat (or the stern perch). Going forward it's still a life project that continues for me. The website will turn 11 this year, it's come a long way in that time. Originally just static pages, people would email photos of their boats and I'd manually put them online. Laughably unsustainable these days if that still happened, so I must thank you all for keeping the ship sailing, the engines firing and the masts raised! I'd still like to overhaul the website, so amongst juggling a job and other commitments I will be working on this. If you haven't yet but would like to do so, please consider donating. The average donation last year was £8 - so an even bigger thank you to those who stretched a bit further. Donations can be sent securely through PayPal – just click the amount you’d like to donate in the left side panel on the website or at the bottom of the home tab on the mobile app. If your local currency isn't GBP, PayPal will let you enter a value in your local currency. Cash and cheques are accepted although less preferred because of security. If you wish to do this anyway, please PM me for details. Many thanks once again, Happy 11th Birthday to the website and Best Wishes to everyone for 2018! Stephen

Ranks by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 year ago
Hi All, thought I best throw my thoughts in since I invented the ranking 😋 It was roughly based off the royal navy ranks, but was never supposed to be an accurate representation. Since we're a boating community it did have to be something from the maritime arena, so the navy ranks were used as the basis but are not complete of course: Fleet Admiral Admiral Captain Commander Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Below these, the badges are not accurate, but they do provide a stylised depiction of a members rank. Some badges in the navy are specialist and not considered higher or lower in rank than others so these can't really be used. Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Seaman Apprentice Recruit A recruit seems applicable more for the website than to the navy. Anyone who has registered but hasn't contributed in anyway are recruits. Then when they do anything (even liking a post) they'll be advanced to Apprentice. Certainly don't get hung up over it. It's all for fun and to encourage people to post great content and helpful advice 👍 I've heard other forums are boring and don't have ranks at all 😉 Stephen

Happy New Year. by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 year ago
Happy New Year everyone!! Stephen

Re Boat Harbour entries by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 year ago
I'm inclined to agree with Dave. Whilst it can be made mandatory to have a photo, the website would only block the post at the final step (clicking Submit). I think it would be very frustrating having filled in everything else to be blocked from posting because of having no photo. There is also a problem on Android preventing people uploading pictures all together, it may explain why some people post without photos. I do plan to fix this, but I'm not the greatest Android developer. What is probably a very easy change to the code I haven't yet figured out. Essentially it's to do with having a webview and not a chromeview. Webview by default ignores upload buttons. If anyone understands what I'm talking about and has ideas to fix it, then do get in touch! Also worth noting, harbour posts can be edited later and photos added later. Stephen

Internet-wide day of action to Save Net Neutrality by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Hi All, This is not directly Model Boats related and more for members living in the US at the moment, but it does affect this website in some part and could become a more global issue in the longer term. For those living in the US I do urge you to visit the link below and sign the petition to stop your Internet Service Providers having the ability to control the speeds of websites you visit. Today is in an internet-wide day of action to save net neutrality. If Internet Service Providers get their way, websites like this could be censored, slowed down, blocked, or forced to charge extra fees. It would be the end of the open web. Please help stop them and keep the internet open, fast and equal for all. Vote for an open and fair internet. Check out the press coverage here: How does this affect me? * In the US, the FCC will begin to allow ISP's to control what you see & do online in the next 60 days. This includes creating fast lanes for websites who pay and slow lanes for the rest. * In the EU, rules still require that all internet traffic has to be treated equally, without blocking or slowing down certain data... for now... If you don't agree with ISPs blocking and slowing down websites, or you don't agree with paying more for faster connections to certain services, then please show your support and help spread the word. Although this is primarily affecting the FCC laws in the US, the petition is not limited to US residents and in time will come to affect us all. The internet should be fast and equal. Thank you for showing your support and helping small websites like this receive equal rights to a fast internet. Model Boats Website Team

URLs /Email addresses by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Just to make everyones lives a little easier, URL's are now being automatically made into hyperlinks which can be clicked on... No more copying/pasting required! Stephen

Private Messages by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Hi sonar, Private messages from other members cannot be deleted, only marked as read. You can delete private messages you send, which will also delete it from the recipient, but it's not advised. As soon as you send a PM an email will go out to the recipient in any case which of course cannot be retracted... You want to do this to tidy up your private messages page? Stephen

Bluebird K7 by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Hi Wayne, thought I'd chip in on this thread when I saw the words arduino! The stepper motor mayyy need a stepper motor controller. Something cheap like a ULN2003 to go between the UNO and the motor. I'm not sure the direct outputs from the arduino UNO will offer sufficient current. Steppers can require quite substantial currents, especially if they stall or are told to "pause". There are some great libraries available for steppers too. I recommend the Adafruit library. Just make sure the correct pins are identified in the software. If it judders instead of rotates, it's most likely the wrong pins have been assigned to the wrong motor windings. If you get stuck, I'm happy to help with questions too 😁 Stephen

Looking for a particular person by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Been doing some digging for the user roycv. There are no users on here with that name, but there are members that could possibly be the same person..... tidtug33 Trillium cathol8 Welcome aboard the Model Boats Website too! We're a smaller community than MBM or ModelBoats, but some great knowledgeable people on here 👍 Stephen

Model Boat Convention - Haydock Park by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Hundreds of models on display under cover with Specialist Trade Stands. Model Boat & Model Boat material and equipment traders. Children's activities, including 'have a go' and outside activities. Clubs and Individuals Exhibiting. £9.00 for Adults Children (under 5 free) 5 to 16 £3.00 Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm & Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm Refreshments and snacks available on site. FREE Parking Disabled Facilities

Southport MBC Open Day by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Southport Model Boat Club Open Day. Free to attend!

Southport MBC Open Day by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Southport Model Boat Club Open Day. Free to attend!

from the Philippines by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Great to see we have international members coming aboard 👍 Welcome 😊

I PHONE APP by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
What part of it is not working? I only know of one bug currently, uploading photos in posts causes the app to crash. Working on that now with a view to release a new version in the coming weeks. No other issues I'm aware of? Stephen

Something different from Stephen by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Looking good Paul!! Pleased they worked out well!! 👍👍👍 Great to see it all fitted 😎 Stephen

Tags. by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Hi Robbob, We're slowly and steadily tagging keywords across the website. It's an experiment at the moment more than anything else. I do like how you can drill down into boat names and keywords though, which then brings up other posts from across the website containing those words. It could be used for all sorts of things mind. Recommending things you might be interested in, to show trending tags, similar to twitter! It also helps search engines. The website is still a little lost in Google. Stupidly Westbourne models ranks much higher than both this site and meyhem! Stephen

the real 93 and 94 Fireboat together by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Added! I've embedded the video in the article. 👍

show earler posts by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Quickly fixed 😉 thanks! 😎

what is an avatar by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Hi Walter, Thanks for your email. I've successfully added the photo you sent to your website profile now. There didn't appear to be any problems with the image size or format. Bit strange you saw an error somewhere, hopefully it won't show again though. Thanks, Stephen

what is an avatar by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Hi Walter, Could you email me the photo you're trying to upload? I'll try my side. If the website is saying it's too large it could be either the format of the image or that it's over (I think 15MB is the limit). Either way, I'll see what I can do. If you can attach it to an email and send it to the above address that would be great. Thanks, Stephen

Web Site Funding by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Thanks to everyone who has donated! This month we've broken records on the number of people who have contributed in a single month! If anyone would like to publically show they've supported the website, you can now add a 'Good Conduct' medal to your avatar. You don't have to, by default it's off, but if you want to show your support you can switch it on in the my account page or your donations page. In other news, the next project for me is giving you all a better iOS mobile app. I'll keep you all posted on that. Thanks again everyone 😊 Stephen

i Phone App by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
There are plans to release an app update. Since iOS 10, Apple changed how they handle push notifications, so currently that feature is not working on Apple devices. Since the last version of the app they also released a new programming language, so the new app will be built in Swift and from current tests it looks to load pages faster. The app won't be ready for launch for (I suspect) another two months yet. Meanwhile, the existing app has seen a few improvements as part of the overhaul. Posting via the app is much more reliable now and you can also post more than 4 pictures like with the website. When the new app is launched I'll let everyone know. I hope, for most, it'll automatically push the update to peoples devices anyway. Thanks, Stephen