Proposal: Sailing, Yachting, Seamanship

Sailing and related topics are applicable to The Great Outdoors. They are a bit sparse at the moment, but I'm sure they would welcome more questions. Please try asking there.

Additionally, questions about racing or competitive aspects of sailing are on-topic at Sports SE, which also has a small number of questions about it already. – Nij Nov 11 '16 at 6:40
By the way, I think you would have much more chance that this wasn't considered a duplicate if you extended it to powered boating. There are a lot of questions that would be applicable to both sail and power. – DJClayworth Nov 11 '16 at 22:19
@DJClayworth: I didn't mean to restrict it to unpowered boats. In my mother language "Yacht" doesn't necessarily mean "Sailing yacht". I thought it's the same in English? It'd be also ok with me if really big commercial ships are included. Although I expect most followers would be interested in recreational boat topics. – Curd Nov 15 '16 at 20:06
I imagine this site could be for boats what "Aviation" SE is for planes. – Curd Nov 15 '16 at 20:07
@Curd In English 'yacht' can be a powered boat, but it would have to be a large one. A 25ft powerboat would never be called a yacht. – DJClayworth Nov 20 '16 at 16:12
@DJClayworth: ok. Thank's for the input. As this is the definition phase not only the wording but also the actual content is still open to be discussed and adapted. Although recreational sailing would be the most important interest for me personally I'd be glad to include also powered boat and even commercial "big" ship topics (that's why I proposed it to be in category "Professional"). But all that of course can be discussed. – Curd Nov 20 '16 at 16:30

I was aware that "The Great Outdoors" has (very) few Q/A about sailing and sailing is considered on-topic there.

There are, however, many sailing/yachting aspects, that really don't fit there well and I think many people interested in those topics don't feel comfortable to ask there or go there to answer those questions.

The same is true for "Sports SE", "Travel SE", "Law SE" and possibly other sites needed to cover the subject.
It's a bad thing if you have to follow 4 or more different SE sites if you are mainly interested in sailing!

Some examples:
E.g. more technical questions

  • "What parts do need protection by a galvanic anode?"
  • "What are effective ways to avoid microbial contamination of diesel fuel? And what do you do if it happened?"
  • "A Bowline can be done this way or that way. What are the advantages of each way or in which situation is one way preferred to the other?"
  • "What is this <example picture> part of a sailing yacht called (in English/French/German/Spanish/...) ?"

E.g. legal questions:

  • "What papers do I need and which procedures have to be followed when I go by boat from <country X> to <country Y>?"
  • "When is my skippering considered commercial or non-commercial under the jurisdiction of <country X>?"

So I still have the opinion that there is quite a demand for such a site.

I think all of your technical questions would be on topic at Great Outdoors. There are many questions on knots and very technical aspects of them. The legal ones I'm less sure of, but you could certainly try them. I would strongly recommend trying out Great Outdoors to find out what wouldn't be a good fit there before going with a separate site. – DJClayworth Nov 11 '16 at 22:02
There are just 36 of 3156 questions tagged "sailing"... not very convincing. – Curd Nov 11 '16 at 22:09
You are right. But why not start in a place where you already have some people interested in sailing. History of StackExchange shows that big sites with lots of coverage do better than small sites with specialist coverage. – DJClayworth Nov 11 '16 at 22:12
I agree that it's not good to split site topics too much (better one living than two starving sites). In this case, however, I think sailing Q/As get lost in "The Great Outdoor" and an own site could attract the right people. – Curd Nov 11 '16 at 22:21
Legal questions are on-topic at Law SE and rarely elsewhere. Questions about a word in other languages belong if anywhere on the language SE appropriate. A lot of your questions are simply best put elsewhere, not drawn to what is a fairly arbitrary other collective subject. – Nij Nov 11 '16 at 23:10
""What papers do I need and which procedures have to be followed when I go by boat from <country X> to <country Y>?" would be on topic at Travel.SE as well as the Great Outdoors – James Jenkins Nov 12 '16 at 1:52
Nij, DJClayworth and James are right - sailing is fully in scope on TGO (for general sailing) and Sport (for competition sailing), with Law, Travel, English and others suitable for niche cases. Remember tags are there to sort, so they don't get lost (e.g. On Arqade I only see the questions in my favourite 6 tags) – Rory Alsop Nov 12 '16 at 11:31
Why is there a SE site for "Electrical Engineering"? It could be completely contained a "Engineering/Applied Physics" site! And that could be in contained in "Physics" and "Physics" could by contained in a "Science" site! Why are there different SE sites at all? Why not differentiate any topic by tags? – Curd Nov 12 '16 at 23:53

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