Holding my hand up as one of the peeps who pm'ed John, I think seperate sub-forums with-in the cruising section would work. I agree that the forum in its present state doesn't have a fast turnover, but, it would be nice to be able to have reference to past soiree's without having to search the entire database. Even though I have only been around a for a year or so, there are still "old" Solent threads that contain a wealth of information.. Pubs, moorings, slipways and least but not last, pubs..
Yes they can be searched for, but you cannot be sure all relevant threads will have been found.
If the "regional" forums were placed with-in the current forum, it wouldn't clutter up the main page.
It wouldn't achieve anything that isn't currently available, it would just make things easier to find.