Precision Boats

How do I search the Precision List archives?

All the Precision list digests have been archived. You can get a list of topics and then request the particular digest your topic is in via email.


  1. All messages for requesting archived digest go to Do NOT use the address used for posting a message.
  2. The message does NOT need a subject.
  3. It is recommended to put a last line with "end" after your request although this is not necessary.
  4. Filenames you are requesting are case sensitive.

To get a list of all files available, send a message to:

In the body put the lines:
index precision-digest

You should get back a message with the list looking like:

-rw-rw-r--  1 abbott  vuser  247441 May 28 03:01 CONTENTS
-rw-rw-r--  1 abbott  vuser   83227 May 28 03:01 TOPICS
-rw-rw----  1 abbott  vuser    6881 May 13  1999 v01.n001
-rw-rw----  1 abbott  vuser   10814 May 14  1999 v01.n002
-rw-rw----  1 abbott  vuser   11657 May 16  1999 v01.n003
-rw-rw----  1 abbott  vuser   12192 May 18  1999 v01.n004

The filenames are listed at the end of each line. The most important is the file TOPICS. this is a list of all the topics (subject lines) and which digests they appear in. Here is a snippet of the TOPICS file:

Precision: Adding 2x4 guides between ... v02.n205
Precision: Adding ballast                v02.n232
Precision: Adding ballast and perform... v02.n232
Precision: Adding Spinnaker to P23       v03.n032, v03.n033
Precision: Additional Ballast P21        v02.n230, v02.n231, v02.n238
Precision: Additional note onP-23  ma... v02.n115
Precision: Additional note onP-23 mas... v02.n115
Precision: A Fellow Sailor's Birthday    v01.n038
Precision: A frame (P23) ...   further   v01.n046
Precision: A frame for P23               v01.n045, v01.n047
Precision: Alcohol stove                 v02.n235, v02.n236, v02.n239

To get the TOPICS file send a mesage to with the following in the body:

get precision-digest TOPICS

Note that the filename TOPICS must be all CAPS just like it was listed in the index.

From your list of topics find the digest issues you want and request them. For example we want to get the digests for "Additional Ballast P21" which are v02.n230, v02.n231, v02.n238. Send another message to with the following in the body:

get precision-digest v02.n230
get precision-digest v02.n231
get precision-digest v02.n238

Note that each issue you want is a separate line and that these filenames are all lower case.

Now you can see why accurate subject lines in posted messages can really help in locating information. Don't reply to a message and switch topics without correctly the subject liine.