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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. Thanks for the comments so far. How much maintenance does the carbon require? I saw a comment somewhere that their clear coat (UV protection I assume) did not hold up well.
  2. I was wondering if any of you have enough experience sailing i550's with both carbon and aluminum masts to be able to comment on the handling effects of the different rigs. I would think that with a displacement of 800 and ballast of only 165, the weight of the rig might have a significant effect, or am I just displaying my lack of knowledge? Thanks for any info or opinions, John
  3. Thanks, I had no idea there were two such configurations for the ONE. I did not think the EVO could have a trapeze, I was confused about which model you were discussing because of my ignorance about the "no bulb" version of the ONE.
  4. StumbleNola, I assume your comments are about the EVO, since I believe the ONE has a bulb. I am waiting to learn more about the bulb version of the EVO coming this summer. I was not aware that the EVO could have a trapeze, but I am probably not interested in that at this stage of life. I guess my problem is I want speed without too much additional physical exertion. Hence the interest in the bulb on the EVO. My recent reply to sailhmb was about his suggestion of reefing the main to solo the ONE. I wonder if the same idea, reefing main, could be applied to the Viper? Thank to all, John
  5. To Team Gladiator: Thanks for input on relative "dryness" of i550 vs EVO To sailhmb: Thanks for your suggestion about reef points on the main, sounds sensible to add flexibility. That gives a wide range of potential uses and configurations, as you said. But that does complicate the decision making, since I had eliminated the VX ONE from consideration due to solo unsuitability. More choices will only slow my decision process down.
  6. To not growing up: I realize those three are very different boats, and I also mentioned the Seascape 18, yet another type. Obviously I have some decisions about priorities to make first. To Varan: I assume your comment on VX1 is a positive. Care to elaborate?
  7. I'm sorry I forgot to mention the i550 earlier. I read quite a bit about it, including the Pacific NW group build. I had considered building one, since I have built, and use, two stitch and glue kayaks (Pygmy Boats). The hull shape made me think it would be a lot wetter and require more hiking than the VX One. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Also, I believe you are in the NW, and probably further than I want to transport. (Just spent 7 weeks in Dec-Jan on a cross country trip.) Best wishes, John
  8. I should add that the Seascape 18 is also very appealing, and does somewhat combine the attributes of the two extremes I mentioned in the previous post, Sonar vs VX. Being new to the USA, it is probably only available new, and that is more than I (ideally) want to spend. Thanks again, John
  9. I've been out of sailing for a long time, but want to get back into it again. When I was young and single, I had a Dyas (German made 23' keelboat with trapeze and spinnaker launching tube) that I sailed on Long Island Sound. It would probably be considered a sportboat today, other than having a traditional spinnaker rather than asymmetric. Now I'm older, kids are grown, and the town we live in, in Vermont, is on Lake Champlain. I expect that most of my sailing will be solo, but may want to take out a grandchild eventually. I do really have to find out my wife's thoughts on this, but I do not see her wanting to go out much, or to go out with friends. I have searched online for a used Dyas to no avail. There was one sold a few years ago in Canada, but before I was "ready". Now I am vacillating between a nice, but relatively sedate, Sonar, and other, hotter boats. The Sonar came out soon after I bought my Dyas, and appeared somewhat similar below the waterline. The other options I am considering, and I know there are many more choices, are the VX ONE and VX EVO. The EVO is adding a lifting bulb keel this summer, so hiking should not be as much of an issue. The One is very appealing from a speed standpoint, but I question how much hiking would be needed solo. It would at least allow others to join me, although I think they would have to be somewhat hung ho about sailing on a boat like this. I would want to buy a Sonar or VX ONE used, but the EVO new, since the lifting keel is not out yet. Any suggestions and advice appreciated. Best wishes, John