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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. The other thing that manufacturer(s) typically can't take the time to do is set fasteners in bonding/bedding compound without tension on the fasteners one day, and then come back and snug things up a day or two later. If you're able to take the time to do this step, not only will you reduce your chances of having "starved" the part of bedding compound, you'll also have a longer lasting watertight seal.
  2. Spring update; Boat's out of the tent, keel's up and cradle frame is going together around it, and there's a new spray shield structure added to the deck just at the forward end of the cockpit. Keel's got some fresh paint patch love happening.
  3. 185-188 ish at the moment, working down.
  4. If you mean Sloop, then I think I can find my way. I still don't have a commitment to sail, but I'll be there to sail the local Tuesday night gig, and I'd like to find a team that needs a key player to sail the Nationals with as well. Let me know if you know any programs that are looking for people. Thanks.
  5. @WestCoast, what's your point of view on batten pricing . . . some are at $64, others at $32. How should our wallets vote?
  6. Just talked with Sturgis Boat Works, they have the sail available, but at premium pricing relative to some other East Coast outfits. APS doesn't appear to have stock right now. Colie might have stock later this week.
  7. "I'm beating my fleet by 3-5 minutes." Congratulations. In our local J24 fleet, there is no such margin of victory. 3-5 minutes ahead of second place only occurs in a class J24 race in unique, typically extremely light, heavy, or unstable conditions. If you're substantially convinced you're really sailing the boat well in all conditions (as opposed to just sailing your local handicap courses better than whatever other boats are sailing), you're going to have to find your way to an actual one design event. Preferably a well attended event. ‚ÄčExploration in and around the tuning guide is a great practice, and a lot of sailors I know in the fleet aren't "by the book," once they're away from the dock. Until you find an opportunity to participate at one or more class events, I recommend at least tuning your mast against "the book" as a base before you leave the dock.
  8. In general, if the uppers are tight relative to the lowers (beyond name brand tuning guides), you'll find that the headstay is in general too tight, and the main too flat. The uppers pull the mast back against the headstay and also bend the mast forward in the middle. The newer J24 mast extrusions are pretty stiff relative to a vintage spar, but in either case if you put the uppers at a normal number and the lowers super loose, the middle will sag to leeward and the mast tip will tend to poke slightly to weather. Once you get into the backstay you'll see the main blade out and invert too quickly with this setup. Reverse this, with lowers that are too tight, you'll find the mast straightens out, deepening the main, without adding too much headstay tension. This also means you can pull harder on the backstay, but if you don't have the corresponding amount of upper you'll see that the mast falls off to leeward above the spreaders. The general feel here is that you have way less control over the general mainsail shape and headstay tension across the wind range, and the main will be over-deep. I know you want to explore, but I'm very confident in the amount of time, effort, and historical data that has gone into developing the current available tuning guides. There's more than enough variation in the tuning guides you can get from reliable sources to keep you busy for years. J24 racing is a game of inches and marginal gains over the entire race course. If your boat and rags are up to snuff, focus on your people and your technique. Avoid fixating. Bob.
  9. Newport Nautical Timbers, Bristol, should also be consulted. Not sure how much teak they source, but if you wanted to consider alternatives I know they have good black locust stock as well.
  10. I didn't see volume rating or tank size details from the OP, but most big box compressors (contractor grade) aren't continuous duty rated, as previously mentioned, and far too many now are oil-less, which is crap for high volume/high duty work. Your compressor should be rated 10+CFM continuous for air sanding, and depending on the tool, more is better. The smallest Rolair that's good for 18+CFM continuous is a 9 gallon 5HP $1500 professional grade wheelbarrow, and if you look it up on Amazon, you'll notice that the pump is enormous. High grade compressors are going to 1) be oiled, 2) be either gas drive twin tank or 5+hp electric running 220-230 power, and 3) typically sit on 30 gallon or greater tank volumes. Anything that looks like you might have bought it at Home Depot can be quickly destroyed by a high demand air sanding application and an aggressive user.
  11. Get some perspective here: 1) It's not a rule yet 2) It's not going to be effective soon 3) If you're already in the class and consider yourself competitive, your headstay is already close (2-12mm of maximum) 4) If your headstay is close, and you're not already close to winning, there are other, more important things to pay attention to Put the time in on the boat first, with the right sails, with the right mast tune, with the right crew. Worry about the last few millimeters later.
  12. And no, not by April. No earlier than April, and I know that it will not happen for April, or May for that matter.
  13. This. And pay attention, that set of rules isn't effective yet. We're still playing by 2014 effective rule set, also available on the National and International site, for the time being. they are allowing the turnbuckle so that people will be able to measure in with a max length forestay more easily than before. I imagine they will have a way to control it (different tags for forestay that break when turned). Time will tell if someone will find a way to cheat it