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Another ALC 35 and a Malabar Senior

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Hendrik Lenten got in touch with pictures of his beautiful ALC 35, Leonore, a while ago and while the pictures have been up for some time, I'm only managing to mention it here in the news section now. If you've missed them they're well worth checking out - he's done an amazing job of restoring her.

Robert Stephens got in touch with pictures of his Malabar Senior, Malabar Star, which I've finally managed to get up on the site. I had some photos of her already, and had mistakenly listed her as "Malabar Spar" - this has been corrected. She's truly gorgeous, and was definitely built at the LeComte yard, the fourth of her class to be built, according to the folks at Alden. There were evidently 20+ of them built at LeComte that year (1956). She hails from Port Angeles, WA. Enjoy the photos!


The last missing element of the site is now back in place: the discussion forums. I won't bore you with the details, but I've converted to a new forum software (phpBB) which is much more standard and shouldn't go out of date like the old one. It's also a lot nicer to use, I think.

All of the old content is still there for posterity, and new content can be entered as you please. Please do try it out, it is working for me, but I don't know for sure that that means it'll work for all. I'd like to see a new post or two to raise my confidence in it!

The one remaining thing to do to get the site properly upgraded is to consolidate the look and feel. The main template is a bit sloppy, the integration with the gallery and the forums is even worse. I'll tackle that as I have time and inclination - it'll probably happen gradually.

In the meanwhile, we should now be able to have users do their own posting for pictures and for stories - so if you have some you'd like to post, try it out and if you're blocked by something get in touch and we can work through it together. It'd be great for this to finally become the user-driven site I had originally intended for it to be.