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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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  1. Indeed. Probably the biggest difference, if you put Pride alongside a historic Baltimore Clipper and said, "Ready, set, go....." is that an 1812 vessel would be a bit more extreme in the SA/D category.....but would be an all rope boat. We have wire standing rigging, and this makes a huge difference, particularly in the head rig (bowsprit and jibboom) as regards how much sail you can carry without busting something. The head rig on Pride is tuned up to such an extent that the jibboom has prebend in it. As a result, the theoretical limit for shortening sail, in a slowly building breeze at least, comes down to efficiency and comfort first, probably breaking a piece of running rigging second, possibly tearing a sail third, before you get anywhere near putting the rig itself in danger. On an all rope boat, that set of prioritizations gets turned on its head, or at the very least jumbled. Of course, it took a few iterations to arrive at this point- this ship was dismasted in the Bay of Biscay 10 years ago due to a faulty fitting in the head rig. Tried to post a picture of that particular piece of mayhem, but maybe driving a 200 year old design and messing with modern technology don't fit in the same brain. If the brain is mine. No one was hurt, which is amazing. The old spars were trees- the new ones are laminated spruce. Lighter, and stiffer. A piece of ironwork on the head rig that wasn't designed right caused it- the new design of that piece and the new spars (added strength and weight savings aloft) have made a huge difference in the ship's performance and how hard she can be pushed.
  2. Most definitely true.
  3. Indeed. Probably the biggest difference, if you put Pride alongside a historic Baltimore Clipper and said, "Ready, set, go....." is that an 1812 vessel would be a bit more extreme in the SA/D category.....but would be an all rope boat. We have wire standing rigging, and this makes a huge difference, particularly in the head rig (bowsprit and jibboom) as regards how much sail you can carry without busting something. The head rig on Pride is tuned up to such an extent that the jibboom has prebend in it. As a result, the theoretical limit for shortening sail, in a slowly building breeze at least, comes down to efficiency and comfort first, probably breaking a piece of running rigging second, possibly tearing a sail third, before you get anywhere near putting the rig itself in danger. On an all rope boat, that set of prioritizations gets turned on its head, or at the very least jumbled. Of course, it took a few iterations to arrive at this point- this ship was dismasted in the Bay of Biscay 10 years ago due to a faulty fitting in the head rig.
  4. That old thing was FAST. Hull #44- The Ancient One! I still get out in the Etchells from time to time. Next year on Pride will be mostly local, so I'm considering getting one to sail on Wednesday nights in Annapolis. Maybe I'll paint it black with a yellow stripe.
  5. That damned thing. It's almost like a blooper on an old one tonner- you carry it around, and every third year there's an opportunity to use it. Our Tall Ships America handicap rating does not include it, for that reason. I've found that sailing the ship at hotter angles, more or less like you would do with an asym rigged racing sloop, is far more efficient.
  6. indeed.
  7. Yeah, we're not the ones who will get the real high hard one. Ironically, lower income working class white guys in the south and midwest will. The lash! Ka-KRACK!
  8. . Where did you cut and paste that from? Me all the way. Why, is it good?
  9. Part of me wants it to happen. I hear a lot about how this country is "going down the tubes", is "wallowing in the gutter", got "ruined", how things are "terrible" from the people who support this man. I haven't taken a survey, or anything, but I suspect.......strongly......that the people making these claims are, to put it delicately, somewhat lacking in perspective. I doubt they have ever even visited or read about a country where things are truly "bad", let alone lived in one. It's pretty baffling stuff to hear. To just about any observer anywhere on this planet, we are wallowing in an embarrassment of riches. Even if we limit or perspective to the local, to our country, it is puzzling. Unemployment is low. Gas is cheap. Taxes hover in the range they more or less have in my lifetime. The water's cleaner, if you don't live in Flint. The nation has some socioeconomic and cultural conflicts and problems, but again, with a little perspective, they can be viewed as problems to be solved by meeting in the center, by compromise and work, rather than by this throwing up of the hands and resorting to the exhortations of a demagogue. To me, then, this swinish squealing about the imminent doom of our nation represents nothing more than a manifestation of mass ignorance. I therefore want to shed light in this ignorance in the most effective way. I want these people to feel the lash. I want to give these people exactly what they want- an authoritarian hypernationalist (wait, he's not hyper any ist except Trumpist) with no policy experience, no experience in government, and vague, simplistic, and potentially disastrous notions of how international relations are conducted. I will not resort to comparing Trump to Hitler. I don't think it's accurate. Trump is a fucking twinkie compared to Hitler, just as this drooling passel of xenophobic rednecks who support him are twinkies compared to Nazis. I just think that, if we give these people what they want for four years, that things will get bad. And after that, we will be able to have a real conversation about what bad is. My life is pretty fireproof, I'll be fine. You?
  10. Sunset and evening star And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For though from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.
  11. Perhaps not. I did address that uncertainty in my first post.
  12. Perhaps. The comments were somewhat akin to telling kids who showered with Jerry Sandusky that they shouldn't have dropped the soap.
  13. I know Paul, unless there is another sailor insurance salesman named Paul Murphy who is prone to talking a lot. He is a great guy and does not deserve this level of vilification, even if his comments on a pretty touchy subject, although well intentioned, were probably misplaced and mistimed.
  14. Word to yer mother's uncle. Couldn't agree more. BTW, PM me if you need some crew. I was a regular for many years on Rhumb Punch. Another crack at Hustler would be fun, and would be the source of much entertaining trash talking.
  15. You guys have lost it! Can we get back to the topics at hand Hustler being illegal Me being a Dick Every year, on his birthday, Chuck Norris chooses a lucky child that he flings into the sun. Oh, and Hustler's illegal, Espo's a dick, blah blah blah. Happy?