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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. Hugh get the 5.7 then come to the races at Richmond YC and sail with the rest of the PHRF orphans.
  2. Buy a used VX1 and put a set of reef points in the main. That gives you 3 sail configurations in decreasing power,1. full sails, 2. roll up jib, 3. reef main (shown single-handing).
  3. Can you bring one to HMBYC Sail a Small Boat Day June 11?
  4. A quick movie of our day taking the public sailing on SASB day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aVKPq7n5nY
  5. Vegas, Duncan, and Overboard got it right. Highly unlikely that the either the tiller flange, bolt, or washer are in danger of stress corrosion driven failure because the rate of cycling is too low, (moving the tiller back and forth). Rust on stainless comes from oxidizing free iron. How much free iron on the surface of a stainless part varies for a variety of reasons; loss of surface passivation, surface contamination, poor part metallurgy, etc. The fix -> clean and insulate. Lot of good cleaning suggested above. Thin insulating nylon washers are available at the hardware store. The yacht construction materials available to the public are not mil spec. I buy a lot of cheap fasteners. When one starts to rust up I toss it and grab another. If I need a high quality fastener I buy it directly from a US mfg.
  6. Here is the response. "they [the VX1s] don't fit the parameters of the ORC class that is being offered. Wish you guys had more boats out there, would love to see a VX fleet on the line." I have no issue with this. We need to build our fleet up in California.
  7. Got a nice response, but no joy for a VX One.
  8. I saw this too and contacted them about including a VX One in the sport boat group. No answer yet.
  9. Will an anode improve the rust resistance of a well prepped keel?
  10. Will a zinc anode inhibit an iron keel from forming rust spots?
  11. Uncolored nylon will pick up dirt and debris faster than a plastic that contain colorants or fillers like torlon. It is just on the surface. The ball is fine. I thought I was the only person who was crazy enough to checks his balls. Welcome to the club brother.
  12. Sail a Small Boat Day is this Saturday, March 4, at Richmond YC in Northern California. This model has been very successful bringing in about ~ 150-250 members of the public to the one day event. I took my son to it 20 years ago. I think it has been ongoing for 50 years. I brought my VX 1 to it for the last 4 years and give rides from start to finish. The boats available to sail include 29er, U20, Wabbit, VX1, Optis, El Toro, Laser, Thistle, Kayaks, Weta, Lightning, K6, I-110, Bytes, and more. Sail a Small Boat Day 2017 8 x 11.jpg
  13. This picture is from a test I was running on a Harken Jib car where I used smaller 4.5mm nylon ball bearings to create more clearance on a curved track. After a couple weeks they started to get dirty. Is this what you were seeing?
  14. Then I need another 70 lbs.
  15. We have not raced at Rush Creek before. We will need 2 or 3 crew?