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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. Sometimes, there are repairs that require a different approach. In general we are fixing holes. The easiest way to see how the small patch first thing is incorrect is to imagine a panel say 1/2" thick. Bore straight thru it with a 4" hole saw. Grind it at a 45 degree bevel(1:12 is ideal) just so the mistake is obvious. Cut your pieces. Tape a nonstick backing block. You put the smallest piece in first but it doesn't quite make it up the bevel all around. In some places it goes up. In some places it misses. Everywhere you miss is filled by pure resin (no strength). You keep going layer by layer and you miss overlaps every time. The correct method is to cut the first piece bigger than the hole is deep. The fiber will extend out past the ground part after it is wetted. Next piece is a bit smaller. Fibers are always laying across the previous layer. No voids, no puddles of resin. The first big layer bonds old to new but also eliminates bad spots in the repair. The key is the cured mess should protrude past the original panel and then you grind it back. You don't add filler because you didn't add enough fiber. You add filler for fairing and painting.
  2. The Foiling Bic is not new. The Hawaiian Bic guys were foiling at the end of 2015. In AU the foils are $5K. The Laser costs $10K. The Bic costs $4K. When the foils cost more than the hull,rig,sail and dolly combined it requires a pause.
  3. He could paint the foils orange and be back in the game.
  4. Our weather in AU is getting more fucked up as the years progress. Winds from the wrong direction, completely overcast skies. Jet streams all over the place. Winds aloft have little or no bearing on surface winds. Accurate forecasting is near impossible. I always figure if they can't predict the direction then they definitely can't predict the velocity. How fucked is the weather in your waters?
  5. What are you talking about???
  6. Looks like a big ass Open Bic. They need a bigger bow handle.
  7. I did a t I did a taste test about 20 years ago on penetrating lubricants. We have moulder/shaper heads that super high tolerance screws holding the gibs in which holds the knives in the head. We are talking 2 to 4 jam screws holding in 5/16 M2 steel knives spinning 10k rpm. The threads in the fasteners and gibs are line on line. When you finally get them to break free with a t-handle allen wrench they go bang. We went thru all of the usual suspects of lube, penetrating fluids. Kroil was so obviously the best we only use that for all penetrating problems. It beats the old ATF/acetone hands down.
  8. Its all good until it gets wet and you slip out of the fuckin thing. One of my buddies did that to a 21ft antique racing boat. After the first race I told him to put down 3m nonskid tape or I wouldn't sail again. The next week we had black nonskid tape. It was a nice contrast with the varnished wood.
  9. Marblehead is 43 min according to Google. You should find a few boats there. 6'2" 83kg is ideal to sail Laser full rigs. Looks like they still have an active fleet in Marblehead.
  10. The fact that its poly has little or nothing to do with its absolutely shite performance in an exterior environment. Forget using it on a boat. It fails quickly on an exterior door. Minwax Helmsman has very little UV protection.
  11. The European abrasive papers are technically superior to the vast majority of the US products. The Euro is graded at 90% grit size. Meaning the 100 grit is 90% 100 grit. The typical US and Asian stuff is 50% at best. That's why 60 grit discs from the hardware store have obviously different size grits. The pro grade 3m products are not made in the US for the most part. They are made in Canada or Europe. The brands I prefer are Mirka and Klingspor(German). Their products are as good or better than the pro grade 3m and cost substantially less. Its interesting where all of these abrasives and cutters are made. The best jigsaw blades are Swiss. They are sold by Bosch, Makita and many of the usual suspects.
  12. Its part of a BMW/Oracle ad campaign. Slingsby steers the 45 thru the wall next. 5 time Laser World champion needed a new boat and wanted it to be as strong as his BMW. That BMW was added to the wall afterwards. The front end would have been destroyed.
  13. My 11 year old son was playing around in the garage. Hoisting himself with a bunch of old blocks and a chinese fake Wichard 50mm snap shackle. It bent the first time he picked himself up. The Wichard one are rated for atleast 200kg. He weighed 45kg. Your's may not rust because its supposedly 316. But it may bend like a limp dick because it is not heat treated or hardened. I see, will be careful to chose. In AU the Wichard 50mm are $14. The fake ones are $6. I only use the fake ones for my key chain. The spring sucks so bad I don't even like playing with it. The are another example of Chinese shite. We've now got 302 decking screws. The are magnetic and rust if you look at them too long. The don't cost less than the 304's.
  14. You are assuming that the majority of the fibers of the old and new holes are directly in a straight line. There by severing the continuous fibers.The reality is this should not be the case. Simply because the fibers are not in that orientation. Please describe how your theoretical failure will occur. What will the damage look like? Most of the bolted failures I've seen in similar situations are when you get movement of the fasteners which crush the sides of the holes. The vast majority of those failures could have been prevented by oversizing the hole, filling it with thickened epoxy, and drilling it out. Making an in the place hard bushing.
  15. FarEast 28R