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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.


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    Offshore sailboat racing. Distance cruising, and teaching the kids to love to sail.
  1. Check out the ranger group on Facebook. Pretty active and at least one or two have tackled the job. Was done on mine already when I bought her.
  2. A distance cruise does not involve sitting around doing nothing all day. We always had very full days which included maintaining/upgrading the boat, exploring the local area/island market etc. meeting friends for drinks almost daily, snorkeling, reading a book in a hammock, or moving to the next anchorage or secret spot, arranging tours (swim with whales, sea turtles, sea lions etc). For our style of cruising there was always a clock ticking. Preferred times of travel each year dictate that you can't see everything, but that said your internal pace does slow down nicely, but it took me about 6 months or more to switch gears. While it is often considered a lifestyle, it was as much a lifestyle for us as it was on extremely long vacation (maybe "tour" might be a better term) to lots of cool places with a lot of hard work thrown in. Some of the off the beaten track places are covered in more garbage than you are used to (Central America, Mexico) and some are more pristine (French Polynesia, New Zealand, Samoa). Some people suck but most don't. Our biggest regret was not having enough time to see all the places we would have liked to go. If you aren't mechanically inclined I could see it all becoming a nightmare, especially if you have all the mod cons. Still the best version of life I have lived yet. For those who like to shit on cruisers I would say lets not forget that it is cruisers and often the kids of cruisers (of all sorts) that tend to become the next generation of racers and help build the sport. Whenever I ask anyone about how they got into racing it typically starts with "My dad had a (Oday, Pearson, Cal, Irwin, Hunter, Catalina) and we cruised to (the Bahamas, The Great Lakes, Long Island Sound, Catalina Island, Block Island) when I was a kid". When you don't like it anymore do something else or head home for a bit. Even an astronaut gets sick of his job. It is just how people are wired.
  3. Class legal. Keeping the furler installed is part of the class rules or at least it was when this was written in 2009. "5.1 Standard furnishings, equipment, swim ladder, jib roller furler and dodger shall not be relocated or removed when racing.."
  4. Random question. Does anyone know these for a class legal furled sail?
  5. Thanks for the input. Stripped and Re-anodized is too much of a PITA for me. The $400 plus (I assume) would probably be better spent on a garhauer rigid vang. Has anyone tried Lanocote? I found mention of folks using that to brighten them up. Also sharkhide? They are perfect in every way with no pitting, just dull gray.
  6. I stream when you put it that way it makes more sense. Just coloring with the normal pen did not seem to have a hope. Ok maybe I try the pen thing. Will try in a discreet area and if it works report back with photos. I also have this stuff called back to black I use on my trucks plastic. Might give that a go first.
  7. What's the reanodize generally cost? Have you actually colored in an entire winch with a sharpie? Seems implausible at best.
  8. Got one? Wax? Clearcoat? Buffer? I only care about the body not where the grip surface.
  9. Hi folks, I have a Ranger 37 and have a few questions I would love insight on. 1) the dyneema babystay seems to go slack in the cold. I am guessing this is typical and should just be lived with, but if necessary I can swap it out for a regular wire stay. Worth the swap? It is attached with a turnbuckle. 2) What kind of tension should I put on the babystay? This one is attached quite close to the mast on deck and I have no forward lowers. My mainsail is a bit baggy because it is old and I want to use the babystay to flatten things as much as possible, but I don't want to over tighten and mess something up. 3) The spreaders on this boat have spreader tips that are sort of like twist lock ones, except they are different. There is no notch to seize the shroud into and there is room for the wire to move front and back by a couple of inches and also up and down since there are no holes to secure seizing wire. I put rubber spreader boots on there and taped the hell out of them, but am worried they should be secured in some better way. It looks like they were designed to be loose, but I have never seen any others like these. Is this normal or will it all come crashing down? Thanks
  10. FYI the Annapolis To Bermuda race is going on the road this winter to get the word out and drum up support for the 2018 Race. Prep time is crucial so we want to talk to folks early and get a little excitement going. If your club or group might be interested in a free event at your place to break up the winter Doldrums send me a private message. We are looking at around a 2 hour talk so might work well for a dinner event etc. I would really to get down to Charleston since their ocean races seem to have fizzled out in the past couple of years, but we are willing to go toareas near or outside of the Chesapeake Bay Area. Thanks!
  11. I saw this and wondered what folks thought of this. I may be looking at incorrect numbers but my halfassed search on google showed the AC in San Fran was estimated at 700K visitors. Is that right? This is twice as big an event for spectators? Just curious..
  12. We will be in town early next week. Is there anything there to look at? Any exhibits or other attraction of any sort. Would love to get up close and have a look at the boat with the kids.
  13. Anyone know anything about the selection of OBR candidates for the race? I have heard of some rejection letters coming out and also heard of at least one acceptance letter has been sent, but we have heard nothing regarding my partners application, no interview either. Anyone have the scoop? Have they all been selected already? How many will be selected for the first training etc? Thanks in advance.
  14. Good advice on the SSD. What are the advantages to Navionics vs Open CPN? Just curious.
  15. Figured it out myself, Downloaded a portable version of Open CPN onto a thumb drive and downloaded the NOAA Vector charts onto there as well. Now the whole thing opens and runs on the thumb drive with no problems that I can see thus far. No Admin required. It is an older version of Open CPN so I had to import the charts by hand from NOAA, but that really did not take long. I now have the whole Ches Bay ready to roll. Works on my PC but with luck it should work on the tablet as well.