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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. I was an engineering intern about 10 years ago. I was paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $14/hr. That was decent pay, considering I was living in Indiana, where a reasonably nice apartment only cost about $300 - $400 a month. Adjust for inflation and geography. Glassdoor is a good starting point, but bear in mind that everything you read on that site is anecdotal...and it's the internet. If she is comparing competing offers, I'd recommend she go to her school's career office and see if they can put her in touch with any alumni who currently work for the companies she is considering. She should then try to set up informational interviews with those folks and ask questions about the company: What is the culture like? Does the company offer personal development programs, like leadership training, etc.? Is there generally a good work/life balance? What is the management like? Do they focus more on employees or the bottom line? What are the company's values? Do the managers embody those values? Does the management inspire/encourage people to perform well, or do they just crack the whip? Is your work challenging/rewarding? Have they worked with interns before? If so, what kind of work did they do? What is a typical day-in-the-life of an intern? Ask for specific examples. Asking questions like these will help her decide which company is the best fit for her.
  2. Natto (pronounced "NOT toe"). Supposedly it has health benefits. But whatever it's supposed to cure or prevent can't be as bad as natto. This is a food that offends all five senses.
  3. I have an app for my phone called Calls Blacklist. I believe it exists for both iPhone and Android. And it's FREE. It blocks calls from any number that isn't in your contacts list. You can also set it to block text messages from unknown numbers, too. If you are expecting a call from someone who isn't in your contacts, you can put the number on a "white list" in the app and it will let those calls through. Push a button to turn the app on/off entirely. You can buy the pro version for $2 which lets you schedule when the app turns on or off. About three months after I got the app, I had gone from getting about a half dozen calls a day (including weekends) to almost zero. Seems the spammers have given up on me.
  4. The only argument offered by the "pro-choice" crowd is: "Her body, her choice." However, those who argue this point conveniently forget or overlook the fact that she already made one, possibly multiple, choices regarding her own body. She chose, at least once, to not use contraceptives or birth control. And now she has an "unwanted" pregnancy. What they're really arguing for is the freedom to make bad choices and not have to deal with the consequences. In this context, an "unwanted" pregnancy is akin to an alcoholic with "unwanted" liver disease. When you make choices in life, there are consequences, sometimes lifelong consequences. Live with them. Much is also made about whether a fetus is sentient or not. What people on both sides of the argument can agree on is that science hasn't yet conclusively proven, beyond reasonable doubt or skepticism, when a fetus achieves sentience. People accused of crimes are afforded the benefit of the doubt as to their guilt, until their guilt is proven. Why don't fetuses have that same right where their sentience is concerned?
  5. Did my 1st RTC this year on Different Drummer. What a blast on Saturday! We plugged in the kite before the start, but decided to let other boats take the bold step of hoisting theirs first. We watched one of the Bene's in our class try it. They ran into a bit of trouble keeping the boat under the sail, so we decided to wait a little bit longer. When the wind became a little steadier and less puffy, and after making sure we had plenty of runway, we opted to go for it. We saw boatspeeds consistently in the 12's and 13's, with the speedo peaking for the day at 14.1, although Navionics on the iPad insists we did 15 (who am I to argue??). Lots of carnage around us on that first run. Spectacular wipeouts. We dropped the 2S at the gybe around Lawrence Point and swapped kites to the heavy asym, which we carried to the halfway mark. Heading upwind after Patos Island under #3 and reefed main, we watched a couple of boats go by flying remnants of spinnakers from the masthead. Coming into the home stretch the wind dropped down into the low teens and went flukey, so we changed out to the Heavy #1. Finished 2 minutes behind Ptolemy but corrected ahead for 1st place. Damage report: a couple of patches for the mainsail and a jackline that got jammed under the jib car and had to be cut away. All in all, a successful day. We knew Sunday would be light, so we just tried to go for clear air at the start. Unfortunately, that meant being close to the pin end, which we hit. It took us the full thirty minutes of the time limit and then some to exonerate ourselves and get back to striking distance of the start line. Two minutes later, a puff of wind wafted over the line which would have enabled us to start the race. Damn! We had a nice cruise through the islands back to Anacortes, though, and made it in time to see the 3 TP52's sailing up the home stretch towards the finish. Looked like a tight race. Lots of fun despite Sunday's disappointing results. Will be back next year!
  6. I am looking forward to the time that my job will be stable enough to permit me to move to a quieter locale (and closer to work). The overcompensating pin-dicks roaring onto the highway at zero-fuck-thirty hours in their souped-up pieces of shit need to be dealt with violently. I have been considering designing a roadside IED set to go off when the noise reaches a preset decibel level. Would need to be cheaply mass-produced in large quantities....
  7. 2006 - Earl 2010 - Ernesto 2015 - Erika??
  8. This. I do foredeck on several boats and each skipper/tactician has their own preference. One skipper prefers verbal communication over hand signals. Another skipper is indifferent as to whether I'm on the bow, up the mast, or taking a piss off the stern during the start, so hand signals are a moot point. Still others prefer hand signals, some the same, some different from each other. The bottom line is, ask the brain trust what signals they want you to use. This way, you avoid confusion. My thoughts on a TRL: We used this method on the J/120 I crewed on for 4 years (before the boat was sold). There was a shackle on the tack end, which clipped onto the bail of the tackline shackle. The other end was tied loosely around the shrouds. We were usually short handed, so we didn't have a sewer. Once it became clear which tack we were going to be on when we doused, we untied the TRL and, if necessary, brought it around the forestay to the windward side. Bowman stood by the forestay, mid-bow by the hatch. DUMP the sheet, EASE the tack. Confusing DUMP and EASE often resulted in a bowman (me) nearly getting slung off the boat like a pebble from a sling. Bowman pulls in TRL as tack is being eased, gathers in the foot, and passes this off to mid-bow, who helps drag it all back to the hatch. Once the foot's under control, pit can release halyard. This method works fine in light or heavy air, and is pretty shrimp-proof because the clew is (should be) loose. The caveat, as mentioned before, is that the driver MUST drive the boat deep until the foot is under control. The heavier the wind, the deeper the driver must sail. In 20+, you need to be going just about DDW, or else have a bow team comprised of 6 mountain gorillas. If you can't sail deep, then trim the jib to blanket the kite and help collapse it. Not really. As long as you've blown the sheet and tackline entirely the kite should be under control no matter what point of sail you're on. That's the beauty of the technique: It works on almost all points of sail. I think we're talking about different maneuvers here. For a windward assym douse with a tack retrieval line, if you try to do this sailing upwind or on a reach, you must pull the entire sail forward (against the wind) around the headstay. In typical, light-air, Long-Island-Sound wind less than 8-10 kts, you can do it, but it is still harder to do than if you're sailing deep (i.e., less apparent wind). In 10-12+ kts of wind, forget it. Been there, done that (at night, closer to a lee shore than I ever want to be again, and in a building breeze). It's not efficient, and the sail is hardly under control. If you still disagree, I volunteer to be the driver in the scenario PDG suggested in post 715 above. I'll even bring beer
  9. This. I do foredeck on several boats and each skipper/tactician has their own preference. One skipper prefers verbal communication over hand signals. Another skipper is indifferent as to whether I'm on the bow, up the mast, or taking a piss off the stern during the start, so hand signals are a moot point. Still others prefer hand signals, some the same, some different from each other. The bottom line is, ask the brain trust what signals they want you to use. This way, you avoid confusion. My thoughts on a TRL: We used this method on the J/120 I crewed on for 4 years (before the boat was sold). There was a shackle on the tack end, which clipped onto the bail of the tackline shackle. The other end was tied loosely around the shrouds. We were usually short handed, so we didn't have a sewer. Once it became clear which tack we were going to be on when we doused, we untied the TRL and, if necessary, brought it around the forestay to the windward side. Bowman stood by the forestay, mid-bow by the hatch. DUMP the sheet, EASE the tack. Confusing DUMP and EASE often resulted in a bowman (me) nearly getting slung off the boat like a pebble from a sling. Bowman pulls in TRL as tack is being eased, gathers in the foot, and passes this off to mid-bow, who helps drag it all back to the hatch. Once the foot's under control, pit can release halyard. This method works fine in light or heavy air, and is pretty shrimp-proof because the clew is (should be) loose. The caveat, as mentioned before, is that the driver MUST drive the boat deep until the foot is under control. The heavier the wind, the deeper the driver must sail. In 20+, you need to be going just about DDW, or else have a bow team comprised of 6 mountain gorillas. If you can't sail deep, then trim the jib to blanket the kite and help collapse it.
  10. Yes this question has been asked and answered in this thread. My suggestion is: read the whole thing from the beginning. It's a fun read and educational as well. In short though: When dousing shove/roll the jib forward into the pullpit as has been suggested. When it's time to gybe: you pick up the lazy jib sheet (which is lying on deck to leeward) Trip the sheet off the pole then trip the pole off the mast (this is for light/medium air. Heavy air is slightly different. place the lazy jib sheet over the pole and attach pole to new working spinnaker sheet and help it forward toward the clue. As the pole is coming across so you can attach it to the mast clear the jib sheet off and attach to the mast. Yell "MADE" as loud as you can. Repeat for any further gybes. I'm sure I've forgotten something in here but that's why I said to read the thread. There are a couple of differing views on this and in my opinion none of them are wrong so read up, try them all and pick the one that works best for you and get good at it. how big/what kind of boat? Thanks for the tips Loopy. Boat is a Soverel 33. Boat just got a brand new #1, so bunching that one in the bow is less appealing, but the #2 is well past expiration date. #3 rarely gets used, but is probably small enough that it wouldn't need to be shoved forward. Worth it to train the mast man to flake the jib on the way down, or just drop it and get off the bow? There's a balance between the two. Make sure you've rigged a Fuck-U-Later, so you can load the head back through the prefeeder and into the foil. The mast/pit peeps can then snug the jib halyard. Makes hoisting at the next mark faster/easier. Yep, we frac. Looking forward to trying out some of these ideas tonight. May post results later, depending on level of post-race inebriation.
  11. Yes this question has been asked and answered in this thread. My suggestion is: read the whole thing from the beginning. It's a fun read and educational as well. In short though: When dousing shove/roll the jib forward into the pullpit as has been suggested. When it's time to gybe: you pick up the lazy jib sheet (which is lying on deck to leeward) Trip the sheet off the pole then trip the pole off the mast (this is for light/medium air. Heavy air is slightly different. place the lazy jib sheet over the pole and attach pole to new working spinnaker sheet and help it forward toward the clue. As the pole is coming across so you can attach it to the mast clear the jib sheet off and attach to the mast. Yell "MADE" as loud as you can. Repeat for any further gybes. I'm sure I've forgotten something in here but that's why I said to read the thread. There are a couple of differing views on this and in my opinion none of them are wrong so read up, try them all and pick the one that works best for you and get good at it. how big/what kind of boat? Thanks for the tips Loopy. Boat is a Soverel 33. Boat just got a brand new #1, so bunching that one in the bow is less appealing, but the #2 is well past expiration date. #3 rarely gets used, but is probably small enough that it wouldn't need to be shoved forward. Worth it to train the mast man to flake the jib on the way down, or just drop it and get off the bow?
  12. Hmm...I like this idea. Keeps the foredeck cleaner too. Will give this a try on Wednesday. I've always preferred the metal shackles for their ease of operation. Even if I get whacked with the "soft shackle", there's still a big metal ring on the clew of the sail to do what the soft shackle allegedly won't. I've generally found that if I'm getting beat over the head with shackles, I'm either not where I should be or the back of the boat is making another attempt on my life. In the latter case, I think I'm legally permitted (obligated?) to reciprocate the abuse verbally and/or physically.
  13. Don't know if this has been answered here already, so I'll ask anyways: When end-for-end gybing...What do you do with those pesky jibsheets?? This is something I have not been able to figure out and one way or another, I seem to get it wrong most of the time. Here's the scenario. Standard bear-away set leaves you with the jib down on the port side with the starboard sheet running over the bridle in front of the topper. Hunky-dory if you don't have to gybe to get to the leeward mark, which is never. If you gybe and leave the jib sheet on top of the bridle, when you complete the gybe, you now have the sheet looped around the inboard half of the pole. Bad, unless you plan to gybe again, which would leave you back in the original setup. If, when gybing, you drop the jib sheet off the pole, the starboard jib sheet now runs underneath the pole. Also not good since this requires you to either re-run the sheet, or take the pole off the mast before you douse. So...What is the best way to deal with the jib sheets on an end-for-end boat so that you're always sure to be clear to tack after rounding the leeward mark? TIA Edit to add: Owner does not have shackles on the jib sheets. They're the little knob-and-loop type secured with velcro. They take much longer to fasten/unfasten to the clew than any shackle. So when seconds matter, it'll only take me a minute to get the sheets back on.
  14. A man had just been a victim of a horrible car crash. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital, but the surgeons, try as they might to save him, say that his injuries are too severe and will probably be fatal. They have informed his family, but they may not arrive in time to see him before he succumbs to his wounds. They ask only for a priest to administer the Last Rites and then to take him off life support to end his suffering. The priest arrives at the emergency room to administer the Rites. The injured man is a wretched sight. He is connected to all manner of hoses, wires and tubes. IV drips pump fluid through his veins. An artificial lung pumps oxygen into his lungs through a hose. Barely conscious, he can only nod when priest asks if he wishes to repent for his sins. The priest then moves towards the man's bedside to give a final blessing, but as he does so, the man goes into a wild fit. His eyes bulge, he begins convulsing, and, unable to speak, frantically gestures for the pad of paper and pen on the table next to him. In his death throes, he scribbles something on the paper and thrusts it into the priest's hands. A last request, no doubt for his family, thinks the priest. Respecting that man's last request may be personal, he tucks the note into his robes without reading it, at which point the injured man goes rigid, and loses consciousness for the last time. Later, the priest speaks with the man's widow and gives to her the envelope in which he has placed the man's note. She says, "Thank you, Father, for being with him in his final moments. As you know, my husband was well-loved by many, and he never kept secrets from anyone. I think it would make him happy if you would read it for the congregation at the funeral." The priest agrees, and a couple days later, the funeral is held. Friends and relatives attend the mass in droves. So many people have come that the church cannot hold them all and those that can't find seats must stand in the aisles and doorways. The priest delivers a beautiful eulogy, and many of the deceased's friends and family take to the pulpit to share their memories. When all have said their piece, the priest returns to the pulpit. "Thank you, all, for coming today to mourn our friend and loved one. I think he would be moved to know that so many people cared about him," and taking out the envelope, he shows it to the crowd. "I have in this envelope a note which was written just before he died. I have spoken with his widow and seeing how open and honest this man was all his life, we've decided to share this last note with you all today." The priest then opens the envelope, unfolds the paper and reads aloud: "YOU'RE STANDING ON MY OXYGEN HOSE!"
  15. A young, redneck couple decided to get engaged. After hearing the news, the man's family decided to throw a big party for them down at the Waffle House. The whole family showed up and everything was going great. However, towards the end of the evening when things were winding down, the groom-to-be pulls his father aside: "Paw, it sure was nice o' ya to git the whole family t'gether t'night." "Aw, shucks, son. It ain't ev'ry day ya git married to a young, purty gal like her." "Well, about that, Paw. I ain't gonna marry her no more." "Well, shoot the horse and call me Sally! Why ever not?" "'Cuz she told me t'night she was a virgin." "Yeah, so?" "Well, Paw, if she ain't good enuff fer her own family, she ain't good enuff fer me."