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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. You can easily build (incl calibration) a baro using an Arduino board and a Bosch BMP280 sensor. Have a look at the data sheet: https://www.bosch-sensortec.com/bst/products/all_products/bmp280 Here's how to do it: https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-bmp280-barometric-pressure-plus-temperature-sensor-breakout Works like a charm with Expedition via USB and also works perfectly via NMEA (and Expedition) when extended with a MAX485 board to do the conversion to RS485.
  2. Any experience in using acetone on a laminated sail (like 3DL)?
  3. And let's not forget the dedicated Expedition forum. Very helpful and a lot of good tips.
  4. A Nacra 17 is already much faster then your 30' sport shit and for sure much cheaper to run!
  5. I guess that storing an open cat is way cheaper than storing a sports boat (being it in the water or on the hard). When that is too much: go wind- or kitesurfing. Even less crew needed, faster and way cheaper! (and not to forget: lots of fun!)
  6. Probably the sports boats will die completely at all! You can't weekend on them. You can't cruise on them for a holiday. And...... for way less money you bye an open cat (foiling or not) which is way faster and even requires less crew!
  7. Great video Shaggy! Good to see you enjoy the boat. Two questions: - do you have the NKE regatta or HR processor? - what brand of mast does Pogo use?
  8. I don't see the problem. If your playing Tennis, your not playing at Wimbledon or the Australian open. These events are for the top pro's. You would compete in the same sport (tennis) but at the local club level and not complain about the Austrailan Open not being accessible for amateurs. So simply acknowledge that there are different events for pro's and amateurs like us in sailing as well. Saying that, I believe that in sailing (relatively speaking) the difference between amateurs and pro's is by far not as big as in (again as an example) tennis. Any amateur would simply not make 1 single point against a top player, while in sailing their might be moments where you can catch up with them.
  9. Often the problem w open source. The tech docs are poor. It is after all volunteer time. Add up your hourly rate and determine if Expedition is less expensive. It was by far for me. I hear you. I've been avoiding Exp due to the tariff and looking at open source off and on for a few years. Always seems to disappoint so this is last shot. I know exactly what you mean. But I jumped onto it and bought Expedition. In retrospect it's definitely one of the best investment I did in sailing. Incomparable to OpenCPN when it comes to features and with the best support possible. Don't hesitate any longer....
  10. Buy Expedition! Once bought you will be glad you did and wonder why you didn't do it earlier. Simply an outstanding product with outstanding support (from both the community and Nick himself).
  11. Can echo on the NaviSafe. Great product. Used them on a sports boat in the past and now have them as spare nav lights on my boat.
  12. What are the typical trade-offs you need to make in wetter or not to make the transom wider? Wetted surface/light wind performance vs. early planing vs. upwind performance vs ????
  13. why not the 133? you can sail it symmetrical if you like, and i think it's faster than the x-43, allthough maybe not faster than the x-43 with tall rig and deeper keel. also, the tall rig is usually (always?) carbon Agree. Didn't think about it but although the X's are nice boats I would also prefer the 133!