To keep Catsailor.com and TheBeachcats.com running, I must come up with a plan to produce income to allow me to spend more time working on it, or paying people to work on it.
I've been on that ride before. I hope it goes better for you than it did for me. Seems like operating costs are way lower than they were a decade later, at least.
Member forums are still the best long-term support for an activity, the history of knowledge that is built up over time is wonderful for anyone newly entering, or returning to the the sport.
Facebook and such are great for instant communication but unfortunately don't create the history and library of knowledge needed to support a sport.
And losing a forum, with all the knowledge inherent in it, is a m-a-s-s-i-v-e loss to the affected hobby. Google Wayback only gets you so far...