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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. Shields. Olin Stephens design from the early 60s. The most beautiful boat on the planet, IMHO.
  2. Bob, I agree; the 39 is gorgeous. I lusted after one ever since I sailed on Pachena years ago. I looked at one before I got the 40. But my cruise director put the kibosh on it because the layout was too chopped up. It would be great for racing with a pile of crew, but not so much for a couple cruising. It almost broke my heart to walk away from it but she was right.
  3. Kim, one of the things you're doing with this boat that I love is painting the bilges gloss white. I love that look! And I love the look of the rest of the boat, too. But then I've been a fan of Bob's designs since Heather was launched.
  4. I had your problem a few months ago and settled on a C&C 40. I seriously considered the Cal 40 (and 36) for the reasons you outline, but I like the C&C's layout better. And I love the way she looks; an important consideration! I think there's a nice one for sale in West Van, now. I think they can be had for pretty short money. The downside of the boat is that it can be a bit squirrelly in big breeze with the kite up. But I'm mostly cruising so I won't be flying a kite in big breeze. A good survey, as always, is a must.
  5. Storm was a different boat from Stormy. I brought Stormy down to Ft Lauderdale to sell in 1984 and found a slip on Isle of Venice. Pulling in, what should I see, but Storm, two slips down. Eventually my old pal Fang sold Stormy to a nephew of Brunzeel's who put a fake modern transom on the boat and painted her bright orange and blue. I've lost track of her now, but she was a fabulous boat to sail. A bit of trivia; with Scott Roher aboard, she was the last ketch to win a race in the SORC.
  6. Well, maybe my delicately honed aesthetic sense is too delicately honed. But I still contend that the bunch that designed the new Ranger got a lot wrong with the replica. For a start, the stem is wrong--Stephens and Burgess must have spent weeks just getting that profile right, given that it was such a departure from the norm--and the designers then gave it too much freeboard forward so the boat looks like it wants to pop a wheelie. And on top of all that they painted the stripes brown. What kind of color is brown for a yacht like that? They had access to the original lines. I wish they'd just stuck with those.
  7. Jeez! As I was posting that I said to myself, "Bob probably agrees with me on this."
  8. The J Class Ranger replica. I've looked and looked at it and they messed it up. It definitely does not have the same appearance as the original. They changed the freeboard and some other stuff and turned a magnificent and handsome boat into an ugly one. It hurts my eyes every time I look at it.