Please excuse the delay in responding to your question about the registry. I actually did respond but it got so lengthy I just
deleted it and now I'll do the short version days later!
The Forum is intentionally managed like it is due to the fact that it has carefully evolved into a very strong format that
continues to increase in popularity essentially without any real promotion energy or cash on my part. The Forum is focused
on what really counts, and that is having fun and sharing information. We focus on what works best, and avoid trying to be
all things in boating. As a result, we focus on the essence of why an online forum exists in the first place, time and funds
are used efficiently where they produce the biggest benefit, and we leave the administrative work in the wake while we enjoy
a little bow spray along the ride.
One thing about a registry, it instantly becomes obsolete unless it is "constantly" maintained. Even during the course of a
single week a registry will change. There are some organizations who claim large numbers of members due to the fact that those
people once upon a time actually signed up for membership or registered a boat, but in reality some of the people listed as members
have sold their boats, turned into gentleman farmers, moved on to the afterlife, etc. Some of those organizations really do not
have a clue how many "members" they really have. Unless you are a full dues paying organization with the overhead and budget
to do it right, like ACBS, you will never be able to back up any claim of membership or be able to maintain an accurate registry.
For that reason I maintain a membership in ACBS and the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club. ACBS does a very comprehensive job at
the registry and part of the benefit of all that overhead, cash, and administrative structure they maintain is an accurate
directory published each year.
I hope I didn't throw water on your parade!