Frequently Asked Questions
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Are you going to be bugging me about volunteering for some committee?
No, we don’t have any committees and we don’t ask anything of our members other than to send in their $28 to renew, after they have received 11 newsletters.
Is this a group of a lot of rules?
Nope, we don’t really have any rules at all. People generally conduct themselves with respect after they join. We are pretty democratic. We let people say what they have on their mind as long as they don’t get too carried away with bashing someone or going to the point that might get us sued. We don’t allow the use of any screen names. Everyone has to use their real first and last name so there is no hiding. If someone goes off on another member on our bulletin board or chat room, we know who they are. They can’t hide. This keeps things civil and limits the threat of a verbal attack if someone gets upset over a posted message someone put up.
Over at my yachtclub, there’s always a lot politics and power struggles going on among the board of directors. I guess every group has some of that. But I joined to have fun. I don’t need those kind of hassles. How does SOC deal with it?
We don’t need hassles either. We don’t have a board of directors or power struggles to deal with. Our club is informal. Not having a social calendar, club house, annual budget, and other yacht club trappings to deal with, we are able to keep it hassle free and fun for all.
I like to raft up with other boats, is there any of this type of activity?
No there is none of that type of activity. We’ve surveyed our members in all parts of the country. This is not something that our members have indicated that they have any interest in. Cruises fall into the same category. We don’t discourage members from doing this. But if your only reason for joining is to find this type of activity, you will not find it among this group.
What are some of the other benefits of joining the club?
- We have a monthly 12 page newsletter that is written by Silverton Owners for Silverton Owners. You can get a free sample of a back issue of the newsletter by going to our club menu on this website and clicking on FREE SAMPLE NEWSLETTER.
- We also publish a weekly Electronic newsletter that is sent to your email box
- Bulletin board with 85,000 postings on 9,500 threads. We have lots of dedicated forums for owners of specific models as well as ones for general questions. You'll find links to YouTube videos of interest and links to places to shop for parts. A dedicated forum for selling and trading boating gear to other folks in the club. A dedicated forum to help you find parts to fix your boat. Find out where other members are shopping.
- We have a photo gallery of 1,700 pictures that have had more than 2 million views
- Technical & Project articles and experiences passed along by owners of Silverton boats. What you find in our newsletter is information that you will NOT find in a boating magazine, or in your local yacht club or boat club newsletter
- Discounts on Boat/US memberships
- Free Apps for your iPhone or Android to stay in touch with our bulletin board from anywhere.
If I join this club, am I going to be spammed to death in my email box?
No, we usually only send out a mass email update ever few weeks. Primarily to let people know we are ready to send out the newsletter so they can get their email boxes cleaned out before it arrives and we let members know when the newsletter has been posted on the website. Some members need to get it in the HTML format, which we can’t email out. Some members like hearing from us a few times a month for it to serve as a reminder to go to the bulletin board and see what’s going on. We never share your email address with any other business so you don’t have to worry about someone filling up your email box with offers to refinance your mortgage or sell you Viagara. You may get some spam in your email box but it won’t come from your association with SOC.
Note About Spam Filters; Many people have spam filters on their email address these days. If you have a spam filter, and we are not added to your personal list of ‘approved’ addresses to accept email from, you may contact us about something or other, but we are not going to respond because you’ve lo cked us out and we can’t get past your filter. So if you email us, and don’t’ hear b ack in a few days, check your spam filter and email us again.
Will you fill up my home mail box with junk mail?
No. We don’t share or sell you r home address or telephone number with anyone unlike a lot of businesses that you are already dealing with. Your home mail box may fill up with boating related junk mail but it’s not coming from us. Your address is the closely guarded property of the club. We don’t even include it on our password protected membership directory for other members to see. All we show is the name of the town and state.
Can I get a look at the bulletin board before I join?
No, you are going to have to join first to get a look. You are not gambling with a great deal of money here. We don't break anybody's piggy bank. You probably spend more on lottery tickets each month than what it costs to belong to this club for a month---which is something like $2.10 when you divide $25 over a period of 12 months.
Well what I really want to see is just the newsletter that I have heard about from friends who belong to the club . Can you give me a password to go in and look around for a few days?
We have a free sample on our website, under club menu. It's one from a couple of years ago, but unless you want to make the commitment of $28 for 12 issues/1 year, I am afraid that free sample is the best we can do for you. It's more than what most groups part with for free to visitors. Most boat clubs don't publish 144 pages of stories and information every year like we do.
How can I join the club?
Go to our homepage at www.silvertonclub.com. Look on the left side of the page where you see the book that says SIGN OUR GUESTBOOK. Right below the book it says JOIN THE CLUB ONLINE NOW. Just fill out the membership application and submit. You can pay for it with your credit card by using the Google Checkout. If you have problems with the Google checkout or just don't want to pay online, just close the window after you submit the application and pick up the phone and call me at 239-940-0405. We can by pass the online payment. I take calls 7 days a week. Or you can print out the application from the website and mail it in with a check, unless you are outside of the USA. We can't take checks from members who live outside of the USA. But we can take credit cards for those who live outside of the USA. So you can either do the payment online through Google or pick up the phone and call me to join just like the folks in the USA.
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