Social media offers a world of new opportunities for sailors. I regularly see folks meet their next delivery crew in the comments section of Facebook or decide on their next charter based on breathtaking photos posted by a stranger. It’s a great way to connect with other sailors and ask questions about why your engine is making that noise… and then ask if anyone has recommendations for a good marine mechanic in your area. There’s a sense of comradery when someone posts a meme that your landlubber friends just wouldn’t get.
But social media is both the best of times and the worst of times for niche groups. Like any space on the internet, sailors’ groups have the potential to become toxic and troll infested. In fact, when I started my search, trolls had me clicking “leave group” buttons all the time. Fortunately, the internet isn’t like our brick and mortar yacht clubs where we’re limited to socialize with the same hundred or so people all the time. When you leave Facebook groups, there are plenty of others to join. Finding a community that’s a good fit takes time but is rewarding and can open doors for you.
Here are some special interest Facebook groups to get you started. Remember that there are often regional versions of groups (and they can get very specifically focused) so keep searching until you find your people: