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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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      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. Marching along here. Got the second coat of fairing compound sanded and a third round down. Also got my exhaust wrap for the riser. Hope it mitigates the heat well. https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OBAKHJB4mCo/WUupXWrhgXI/AAAAAAAAF9s/Xo7zJWs9GZQAUtZLXrZsgRci5STWfxBkgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_6580.JPG Back at it today - when this rain quits!
  2. Whimsy is looking good, Tom. Congrats on the new rudder. You're making me think I should grind out a the area around the rudder shaft, clean it up, and fill it with 5200 to give my rudder a bit more life. I'm finally back at the boat work, I think. At least I've made some progress on Blue Jacket in the past week, and I hope to make more progress in the weeks ahead. I got my last two layers of glass on the deck before the mast was stepped this past Wednesday. Now I'll fair it and prep it for paint and nonskid. Hopefully the weather this week cooperates. I still have loads to do before this boat can sail, but give me a few days of focused work, and I can make some decent progress. All the best to you and the crew here. I'm off to watch your new video.
  3. The original Morgan 30 rigging specs called for a headstay of 3/16" 1X19 wire. If your furling unit will accept it, I recommend you go to 1/4" wire - not for the strength, but for the wear resistance and durability. Your cap stays should already be 1/4" wire - but the headstay is probably the most heavily loaded wire in the rig. I am happy to carry the extra weight of the 1/4" wire in the headstay - I think it makes the rig more "idiot resistant". Tom, You know, I verified early winter that my furler will accommodate 1/4" wire, and I have some Sta-Lok fittings ready to go, so I'm right there with you. Thanks for the tip!
  4. Yeah, I'm looking at replacing the headstay anyway. I noticed that halyard wrap at some point slightly unlaid the wire near the upper swage. No bueno.
  5. Thanks, Tom. Yeah, having one made out of stainless would be a fairly straightforward proposition, I think. My slip neighbor had a guy fabricate something similar for his Catalina 34. He has nothing but praise for the guy who made it for him. I'll give him a ring and see how much we'd be talking to have two fabricated. It's not something I'll do this season, but it won't hurt to start planning and get an estimate. I'll do as you suggested and use the aft pin, which is in decent shape. Once again, I appreciate you input. I tried to start my engine yesterday to test my new exhaust system. Alas, she wouldn't fire. I went ahead and ordered the Pertronix system this morning. I'll install it later this week and give her another try next weekend. Fingers crossed! David
  6. Tom, Interested in your perspective and advice. Blue Jacket's headstay stem fitting has abnormal wear due to improper pin sizes over the years. I have three options, I guess: 1) Continue to use it as it is (not too keen on this option); 2) attach the headstay to the aft pin (assuming it's the proper size and there's enough material there to handle the loads); 3) have the headstay hole filled and redrilled. What's your advice? (If Bob Perry wanted to weigh in here, too, I wouldn't object) Thanks!
  7. Good to hear. Thanks!
  8. Tom, Are you running an electronic ignition or traditional points and condenser? I've heard some good things about Pertronix, and I'm thinking about adding it to the Palmer. Just not sure I want to mess with it now - unless it's a vast improvement that will save me aggravation down the road. Thanks, David
  9. Bummer about the jerk in the channel. A bad day on the water is better than a good day in the boatyard, though, right?! Got most of my exhaust system in. Maybe - just maybe - I'll make it to the water in a month or so. More on the blog: http://morgan30sailboat.blogspot.com/2017/04/exhaust-and-engine-progress.html
  10. Congrats on your progress. Looks good. I just updated my blog with some information about my exhaust progress - which isn't much. One thing potentially of interest here: a 6' section of 1-3/4" ID exhaust hose has a maximum volume of 1 gallon. What remains to be seen is how much water volume is being expelled from the waterlock during normal engine operation. Undoubtedly it is significantly less than one gallon. I plan to trial my system and measure the amount of water in the waterlock upon shutdown. This weekend is looking good for some progress. Love the shots of Whimsy, Tom. She's a beaut.
  11. Rats! I need to get rid of some sails. I leave them folded up neatly on the back patio, but for some reason, my wife doesn't see them as "stylish" as I do. Tom, I'm interested in a working jib. Got an extra? David
  12. Looks good. Converting a sail to roller furling isn't too difficult, but it does take a special machine to handle sewing through layers of Sunbrella and corner patches. Things get pretty thick in those areas, especially if there's webbing involved. How much did you have to throw at it, if you don't mind me asking?
  13. You're spot on. I could have left several things alone - the water tank, the electrical, the rudder - but having those things done the way they should be brings satisfaction and eliminates potential sources of stress while sailing/cruising. What was wrong with your mast that it had to be replaced? Corrosion at the foot?
  14. David, I am impressed with all the projects you are juggling - looks like everything will be coming together soon! Keep up the great work! Thanks, Tom. It dawned on me yesterday that I'm trying to do in one winter on the Morgan what I did over a period of 13 years with the Cape Dory. And I'm feeling the burn. I fluctuate between elation and desperation as I finish a major step in a project and then realize I still have many more ahead of me. Hopefully all of this will come together before the first week in June. Fingers crossed! And I still have a few things to take care of aboard Ariel, the CD36, that I won't even mention here lest it be confirmed that I've lost all shreds of sanity. I appreciate your encouragement. Thanks. David