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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. To reduce the shock, use a stretchy line on the traveller. Before starting the gybe, drag the traveller to windward until it's almost on the stop, then suck up the excess line on the leeward side and lock it. Then start the gybe. This will help absorb some of the shock.
  2. We are targeting 3 August, leaving from Bellingham. We usually stop in Port Angeles, then Neah Bay, then try for non-stop to the Bay Area. So, odds are, we will bump into each other!
  3. I've done this trip four times. Three times were in the breeze, but once we motored almost the whole way. I don't recommend going into Astoria or Newport. While they are both "fun" ports, they will be miles out of your way. If you do decide to visit, it is essential to enter on the flood. When you exit, you can go out in the flood, but it will be slow. Instead, go out on the very last of the ebb just as its turning to slack. Coming or going, you do not want to be out there on the ebb. Generally, plan your trip around getting past Cape Mendocino. Set your first waypoint for something off Port Orford, about 140 nm north of Mendocino. If the weather looks good, keep going. If not, put into Brookings (just south of Orford) and not very far out of your way. Because it faces south, it is almost never closed in the summer. An alternative is Coos Bay, but it's farther off the rhumb line and, therefore, will add miles. Another alternative for a bail out is Eureka, but with its NW orientation, it is more likely to be closed. As you pass Mendocino, stay around the 300 fathom contour (about 15 miles off). Farther inshore and you're likely to get breaking waves. Farther offshore, and the winds can really howl. 15 miles has been a good compromise for me. Once you're past Mendocino, it gets easier. Nihilism ^^^ has good suggestions. Radar is very useful for this trip, particularly in late summer. If you have to motor, be aware of the "crab trap free" lanes. Stick with them. They will make life much less stressful. If you are unlucky enough to wrap a line around your prop, call the Coast Guard. You do not want to go over the side in 55 degree water and 6+ foot swells. They'll cut the line and tow you in. Just the thought of fouling your prop should motivate you to keep sailing and keep the motor off. :-) Have a blast! It can be some great, memorable sailing! I'll be doing it myself in early August. -tk
  4. Everything you'd ever want to know about the performance of radar reflectors: http://www.ussailing.org/wp-content/uploads/DARoot/Offshore/SAS Studies/2007 Radar Reflector Test.pdf Bottom line: none of the passive reflectors work very well.
  5. Good philosophy. One has a choice: endure whatever hardship there is by doing without something, or endure the frustration of trying to fix it. I find the former much easier to deal with.
  6. I keep my boat in Portland and, as kim says, it gets old. First you go up the river, then you go down the river. Back and forth... At least it's freshwater and it's year round sailing. But, there is one redeeming feature: the Oregon Offshore race from Astoria to Victoria. While it's always cold and rough, it's also a tactician's dream. Do we dodge the rocks and hope to get a bit of katabatic wind coming off the Olympic Mountains? But, if we do, what about the hole that always develops in Makah Bay? Or, we could just stay offshore and look for gradient wind. I'm always second guessing myself, but always learning. There have been years that I've left the boat in Washington or Canada for the winter, but then, come May, I find myself wishing she was in Oregon. So, I take advantage of having an eager crew of 6 willing to take the boat up to Canada, then I spend the summer cruising, and bring her back home in September. It's not ideal, but it's perfectly practical to own a blue water boat in Oregon.
  7. Living in Oregon, I've had a similar problem every summer. I usually pick either Port Angeles, Blaine, Semi-ah-moo, or, if they have a sublease available, Bellingham. Bellingham is by far the best: good chandlerlies, good services, and you can walk to downtown. You have to be attentive to get a sublease and keep calling (you'll be competing with me this summer!) Port Angeles is a pain to get to, but you can do one-way car rentals with Enterprise. I like Blaine. Yes, it's also a pain to get to, but it's a scrappy town with reasonable services nearby. Everyone is extremely helpful. Top quality marina. But, you'll need a rental car. Semi-ah-moo is the worst. No services at all nearby, and the docks are often exposed to violent winds coming down the Fraser River. That's not as big a problem in the summer, but it can still be pretty bumpy there. With the high U.S. dollar, the marinas on Vancouver Island are looking pretty attractive, but they are also hard to get to. Try Comox.
  8. I know what you mean. My previous boat was a Malo 42, a 30,000+ lbs Swedish crab crusher. Superb build quality. But, you'll forget about it pretty quickly when you're doing 7+ knots upwind in 10 knots of breeze with a big smile on your face.
  9. That sucks. I guess it goes to show they had good days and they had bad days. In addition to the minor issues listed above (#14), my boat came with two unbedded pieces of hardware --- the padeye for the anchor rode, and a bullseye --- but everything else was very well done. No leaks at all in the cabin. Little details like the finishing behind lockers and panels, are very well done. The teak and holly sole has held up well, despite 10 years of racing. Once buffed and waxed, she looks almost new, despite being 17 years old. Very satisfied with the build quality.
  10. Good to know. I didn't ask about other J/Boat models. Looks like the problem could have extended into the middle of the decade, at least on other models.
  11. I asked on the J/4X owner's forum about people's experience with deck crazing, and got quite a few answers. From what I can tell, the problem started in mid-2000, and ended sometime in 2002. It affected both J/42s and J/46s. There are other years here and there that had problems, but not all over the deck. For the three years 2000-2002, the problems were systemic. I guess I was lucky: my boat is a year 2000, hull #39 and has no crazing. A friend's boat is also year 2000, but two hulls later, #41, and he has the problem. -tk
  12. Slight crazing on the cockpit sole of my boat, but that's it. And, it gets raced a lot. However, the winches are installed on a cored coaming, so I could see that becoming an issue. It just hasn't with me, nor any J/42 I've been on. If you're concerned, it would be worth asking on the owner's forum: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/j4x-owners-group/info
  13. When we are cruising, we take a roller-furling #3 (the 105% sail you're referring to) and a G-0 on a furler. Everything else gets left at home. You'd be fine with a 135%, although tacking would be more work. Assuming it's in good shape, that Trinidad boat looks like an outstanding deal. It's the least expensive J/42 I've ever seen.
  14. Weight sounds a little high. My boat weighs 18,340 lbs (empty, certified scale). It would also be useful to look at the ballast/displacement ratio. Rudder bearings are a weakness, but most will have been replaced by now. The fuel tanks sits under the aft berth. Unfortunately, some boats were built without limber holes in the compartment, so salt water can sit against the aluminum tank, corroding it. The hatch to the lazarette, and the hatch over the rudder post, leak on every J/42 I know of, but both can be fixed (which I've done). Things I don't like? Not much. It takes a largish crew (6) to be competitive with a symmetric spinnaker. I love the end-boom sheeting, but it also makes it easy to decapitate the binnacle in a wild gybe. Mostly, it's a very well-behaved racer-cruiser that really lives up to that moniker.
  15. In many ways, they are very similar. The J/42 has a slightly smaller rig, but OTOH, is significantly lighter. It feels much "racier": end-boom sheeting, small interior volume, low freeboard, etc. Its carbon-fiber mast and deep keel make it significantly stiffer. I can't speak for the shoal draft version, having never sailed on one. Storage space is slightly better in the Sabre. For example, it has real drawers under the forward berth (unless you get the J/42 "L" model). Larger fridge. Tankage and water are similar. Very strong company support from J/Boats. Can't speak for Sabre. I'm sure you'd be happy with either one.