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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've never heard of vapor lock with a diesel. Just looked up Reid vapor pressure at 100 degrees F. 10 psi for gasoline, 0.021 psi for diesel. Was a metal fuel line tied to a dry stack exhaust? Could it have been an air leak resolved by replacing bad connections?
  2. You can try it out. Go find an old Tarten 30 or Yankee 30. Prop exits right at back end of the keel. Actually all Amel Super Maramus do as well. Probably several others I'm forgetting. I haven't tried, but I've heard they don't back down very well. The further the prop is from the rudder, the more difficult maneuvering is in general. Unless you have a full keel with prop in an aperture... in which case maneuvering is nigh on impossible Why does having the prop at the back of the keel affect back up maneuvering? Prop wash is away from the rudder anytime the prop is in front of the rudder backing up. The Cal 34 has the prop out of the keel and that is the best boat I've ever been on for backing up. But the reason for that is the rudder pivots 360 degrees. When you back up, spin the rudder 180 and it drives about as well in reverse as forward. Cal 40 also has prop out of keel. Was dismayed that the Cal 40 does not back like the 34. The rudder post is not 90 degrees to the hull and the rudder gets stuck when it is almost reversed.
  3. A foam core Lightning our club acquired was in great shape, district champion the year before and kept dry in a garage. After one year of being kept in the water at our club we took it to districts, everyone was amazed we were 100 lbs overweight at the weigh in. A ski company made windsurfers for awhile. This was when ABS was in. Other manufacturers sealed the hull deck flange. This company thought the closed cell foam would not take on water and didn't seal the flange. A couple of the club's boards had picked up 50 lbs of water making them 100 lbs by the time we got rid of them. All 6 of them at minimum were at least 20 lbs over. A couple of Hobie masts that no matter what we did took on water. It was recommended to pour closed cell foam a few feet around any fittings. A few years later none of those boats could be righted because of how heavy the masts were. Have not had good luck with closed cell foam being long term water resistant.
  4. Don't believe this is the current one, but how much could they have changed it? https://law.resource.org/pub/us/cfr/ibr/001/abyc.A-01.1993.pdf
  5. It sure does indeed decrease as there is much less hull in the water But you are supporting the hull with hydrodynamic lift and that takes energy. Bethwaite says is that the power to speed ratio approximates a linear function at planing speeds, while subplaning speeds it is a power function, not that the power ever decreases. This graph by Savitsky looks like the one in Bethwaite's book. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Speed-length_vs_weight-resistance.gif I did find a page which shows modeling of a high speed craft shows a slight decrease in power needed just after getting on a plane. (Presumably as I didn't see a hull length number and the graph is in speed rather than speed/length ratio.) http://www.engr.mun.ca/~pliu/Recent_Work/Phull.html
  6. Hobie Bravo can take two people, and it has 4 cup holders molded into the deck. You did say simplest and drink beer. Our club leaves the mast up with furled sail. From taking rudder and mainsheet out of the sail locker to sailing is about 3 minutes. Quick pin and a hook to rig mainsheet. Optional boom is not that optional if you want to go downwind (add a minute to rigging time). Nice for those days when you want to get out for 15 - 20 minutes before the sun sets, just to say to yourself you got to go sailing today. It doesn't sail much like my Hobie 20 though.
  7. https://www.facebook.com/KIRO7Seattle/videos/1323834060969677/
  8. One emphasis seems to be that things have to be new designs to be cool enough to invest in. You have to have an IPhone 7 even if you had IPhones 2 through 6, and they did everything you needed. That's a moving target that sailing can't win. Single handing a Hobie 16 while out on a trapeze is plenty of fun, but apparently who would want to buy that ancient design even if it is fun. Around here you can get a beater Hobie 16 for $500. As far a being a beater, polish and wax, or paint it. $2000 will get you a 16 with good looking shiny gel coat and half way decent sails.
  9. All those years sailing before rope clutches were invented (didn't have them for years after they existed either) I didn't know I was ruining my winches by using them. The only thing I had to fix on winches over the years were some pawls, springs, and once had a pair of drums roughened. Never had flattened bearings.
  10. On some designs with fully battened sails you can flatten the sail with the downhaul without tightening the leech. Hobie 20, Megabyte, Byte CII are ones I know of.
  11. IIRC the class spec is "positive buoyancy" and the boat weighs somewhere north of 700lbs. Fresh water weighs 60lbs per cubic foot, so simple math says 11.7 cubic feet or air will float the boat. However, as Foxxy says, you want the boat to be self-rescuing which means more flotation, it has has to placed to provide stability when swamped, and it has to hold the top of the centerboard trunk above the swamped water line. Smallish air bags under the side decks will not provide this last requirement, unfortunately. They will be good to provide stability, but the best way to provide a lot of buoyancy down low is to put canoe/pillow bags under the fore & aft decks, strapped down to the chines. If you can get to 18 cubic feet, that's 1080lbs of buoyancy which I agree should be enough if it's placed properly. More is obviously better, given reasonable placement and securing. About 25 years ago I rebuilt a then-25 year old Lightning and included about 1500lbs buoyancy in canoe bags. The securing straps were fastened to 3" wide fiberglass tapes, tripled and bonded along the chines. Cutting out the old buoyancy tanks (which were found to contain a bucket's worth of beer tabs and cigarette butts) saved enough weight that the boat came out lighter. I only capsized it once, on purpose near a beach, worked very well. FB- Doug It doesn't have to float above the centerboard trunk according to my instructor. When I was first taught how to right a Lightning I was told once it was upright to stuff t-shirts in the trunk, then start bailing. I'm glad I never had to find out for myself if it actually works.
  12. Yes I have.
  13. NIH has an article. Mostly about AC but also talks about how DC is different. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763825/
  14. North Carolina link, not that it matters as it's a Federal requirement that documented vessels not display reg numbers as shown in the last post. http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Boating/documents/Documented-Vessel-FAQ.pdf Documented vessels must display the state validation decal (registration decal) on the forward half of the bow. United States Coast Guard Documented Vessels may NOT display the NC registration number.