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Fireboat

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Member No. 1
Registered 7th Jan 2006
Last Online 28th May 2017
City Cheshire
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 1
Sailing Locations 2
Forum Posts 255
Photos Posted 35
Likes Received 65
Likes Given 154
282 Total Posts
Sailing Locations
Southport Model Boat Club
Since: 24th Dec 2012
Harbour
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!
Points
Activity Worth Awarded
Boats in Harbour 8 8
Forum Thread 5 195
Forum Post 2 510
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 16
Guestbook Post 8 0
Liked Posts 1 152
Received Likes 2 128
1196 Total Points
Good Conduct Medal
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Recent Posts
URLs /Email addresses by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 days 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: 10 days 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: 19 days 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 months 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: 3 months 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: 3 months ago
Southport Model Boat Club Open Day. Free to attend!

Southport MBC Open Day by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Southport Model Boat Club Open Day. Free to attend!

from the Philippines by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Great to see we have international members coming aboard 👍 Welcome 😊

I PHONE APP by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months 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: 4 months ago
Looking good Paul!! Pleased they worked out well!! 👍👍👍 Great to see it all fitted 😎 Stephen

Tags. by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months 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: 4 months ago
Added! I've embedded the video in the article. 👍

show earler posts by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Quickly fixed 😉 thanks! 😎

what is an avatar by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months 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: 4 months ago
Hi Walter, Could you email me the photo you're trying to upload? modelboatswebsite@gmail.com 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
My fault Ed. I was tinkering with displaying a load progress bar for navigating between pages. But my tinkering broke everything until I noticed! 😜 all back to normal now 😊 Thanks! Stephen

Can not get in to my porfile by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Cliff, You discovered a bug! This has now been fixed 👍 so try again now 😉 Thanks, Stephen

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi figtree, I've just put the ships horns back! They used to use a flash plugin so I removed the feature to speed up the website and avoid all the warning messages browsers give about flash. Now they're re-implemented using HTML5 which is much cleaner. @Robbob, pleased you like the site upgrade too! The world of emoji/emoticon/smileys is confusing. The website has replaced smileys with emojis now. Smileys were little pictures that replaced text characters, I did have control over how they look, but it becomes messy as many people use smart phones and you get a mix of smileys and emojis. Emoji are actual characters, like letters. The problem is though, they're displayed in a whole range of different ways. An emoji in Firefox will look different in Internet Explorer, different again in Gmail, different again on an Android phone, different again on an Apple device. It is a pitty there was no alignment by companies! It does save downloading many little graphic files though and it helps the website speed. Also.... there are hundreds of emoji's to choose from. The website has a handful of common ones to pick from, but it's not limited really. All donations gratefully received. Unfortunately no big company pays me to keep the site afloat! I just know a lot of people enjoy it and I take some personal pride in having built it up to where it is today. It's all hand coded, no bought packages, I don't think any off the shelf package would give the same experience! Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone 😊 Stephen

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi figtree, that error has now been fixed. It was the result of a new security check which was added 🤓 Thanks for pointing it out 👍 you'll now be able to edit posts again 😉 Stephen

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Alan, you should now see a [Close Panel] button at the top of the active users list. This will hide it from view 👍 thanks for the feedback! 😊 Stephen

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
We're back! So after a tonne of work, most of it behind the scenes, a lot of trouble with server security certificates and not much Christmas break...... I'm proud to announce, we're now updated!!! 👍 The software is no longer 10 years old and comes in line with modern web standards. Hopefully the last major overhaul for a while! I wish you all a Happy New Year and a great 2017 for Model Boating! ⛵️ Stephen

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Just a reminder to everyone. The website will be offline tomorrow! I'm aiming to get it back online in its upgraded format as quickly as possible, but I suspect this will take some hours. If it's not online by the end of the day, then something bad has happened! Let's hope not! 👍 Thanks, Stephen

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
It'll be offline Sunday morning from around 8am, then back online mid-afternoon. If things don't go as planned it's possible it'll remain down until later in the evening on Sunday. So anything from 6 hours to 16 hours. I'll do my best 👍 Thanks, Stephen

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Progress update. The new website is now 95% ready for launch, a few final tweaks will be needed, but otherwise it's ready to go. The mobile app however, is only 50% ready, visually it's working, but functionally not there yet. I'll be continuing to work on the final parts for the next few days, with the aim to launch everything on Sunday the 1st! It's been a busy Christmas break for me, this website update has consumed many hours, but hopefully it'll all be worth it 😊 The website will be down for a few hours on Sunday while I copy everything across. @Onetenor, live chat was once part of this website, but it was removed again for a few reasons. By nature they're temporary, if knowledge is shared within them, they're lost in time. They also can't be moderated and are unfortunately prone to misuse. Another update from an early announcement too; I have done lots of work on response posts, so I'm pleased to say, it'll be possible to include as many photos/files as you wish in responses too! Also, all posts will be modifiable, attachments included, and can be deleted as well. You'll see all changes when the website goes live on Sunday. I'm still hoping for a seamless transition. Let's see! Thanks everyone for your support. Stephen

Christmas Wishes. by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Merry Christmas to everyone too! So let's hear it, what did Santa get everyone!? 😎 Stephen

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Edward, So far I haven't made any progress on the apps, but I'll do my best to implement as many of the features mentioned into the apps too. In general they'll be less feature rich than the full website, but this is the same for any mobile app as they're generally designed for smaller screens. They will use a secure connection and updated server version just like the website and in a few areas I'll be tidying up the code. I know there are problems with notifications, also with uploading photos in new posts. Everything will see an overhaul. Stephen

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Yep, more than 4 pictures will be allowed... and files too, so if you want to include PDF's, word documents, PowerPoint files, CAD drawings, ZIP files etc, it'll all be uploadable. Pesky punctuation problems will be fixed too, along with a lot of currently unsupported special characters. I don't want to promise too much yet, but I'd like to allow uploads in response posts as well. Let's see on that one mind 😊 Hoping for a seamless upgrade. It's likely I'll shut the site down for a short while when the actual upgrade happens. For now I'm working on a duplicate copy (which I can break without causing any harm 😀 ) Stephen

Website upgrade coming soon! by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Thought I'd give you all a teaser announcement 😊 The website is long overdue a heafty upgrade from its current format, including lots of behind the scenes updates to the server. I'd like to get this done over the Xmas hols, and so far things are progressing well but I'll hold out on a launch date as it's still an awful lot of work. In summary; - The whole website is moving to https and will use secure connections throughout, including the apps. So all traffic will be encrypted including usernames, passwords, stored cookies, everything. - No more flash plugins required. Flash is currently used in a couple of areas and will be replaced with HTML5 which is much cleaner, lightweight and in line with future standards. - Upload limits will be gone. You'll be able to upload as many files and photos as you like per post, along with this, a new media viewing interface has been crafted. I say media, as files are also acceptable everywhere, not just in the forum area. - Full Emoji support. Smileys will be replaced with emoji's, this is especially important for the mobile apps where smartphone entry typically can include emoji. - New posting interface across the website. Creating new posts will be cleaner and standardised across the website. - Profile pages will be updated, again, with a much cleaner design, focus on member rankings, recent posts and harbour boats. - Retina support, mainly for people viewing on macs, iphones, ipads - many graphics have been updated and will show in their full resolution glory. - Goodbye to the legacy server version. This isn't something anyone will notice, but to upgrade all the server code to more compatible modern standards is the majority of the upgrade work. Thanks to everyone for your continued support in keeping this website going! 👍 Stephen