I think that crewbar is more of a resource to FIND a crewmember you are trying to locate rather than a message board. I think this is a fantastic idea and I like it much better. Now we just have to (as you said) pass the word. Internet access is becoming much easier for crew these days, and in fact, the main reason that crewbar is gaining popularity is because they have large posters advertising the site in the crew computer rooms on board the ships. Is there any way to advertise the cruisemates site this way? Just a thought....
Btw, I think this site is terrific....I have posted a few times, although I lurk in these boards a lot. Although I will not return to sea again to work, I like to live vicariously through the folks on these boards as my love for the sea will never die.
Keep up the great work cruisemates!