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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. What's that about swingers and the missus? TMI!
  2. Maybe you are charging too much, or need to work on your technique?
  3. When we cruise it is generally 2-up, so while we share the same bed, the watchkeeping schedule means that while under way we are never actually sharing it at the same time.
  4. I was talking to my Dad about this... he's in his 80's. He said (slightly paraphrased)... "Son, I brought you up to have consideration about how your actions impact on other people. These days most people don't care one iota about their impact on other people, and if that is something thats gonna upset you, you are gonna spend an awful lot of time upset. But I also brought you up to know how to get to places where other people rarely go, and those places are still out there". The old bastard's right too, just I'm at a stage in life where "those places" are getting harder for me to get to (I walked quite a lot of miles over the weekend, with a heavy pack, mostly in the rain. Never saw anybody on Saturday, and less than a handful on Sunday). Damn, but my knees hurt today.
  5. It was a perfectly reasonable question to ask, but an unreasonbable place to ask it. I'm not sufficently net-savvy to know whether that constitutes trolling.
  6. Speaking as an occasional visitor to the USA, and one who always takes a wander into whatever National Parks are near where I'm visiting, I cannot emphasise enough the above. I currently find myself in the Highlands of Scotland, UK, and since I was last here, some 20+ years ago, mountain bike access (and number of mountain bikers) has increased dramatically, making it far, far easier to access many hitherto remote areas. And the increase in litter and damage is significantly increased. Not blaming mountain bikers in general, but it only takes a tiny minority to fuck it up for everyone. While you have to pack your gear in, on your back, by foot there's a chance that unspoiled wilderness will remain unspoiled... when anyone with a decent mountian bike can ride in 40+ miles in a day, not so much. I was spending a night recently in a bothy (if you don't know what that is, Google) and 5 young lads turned up in a 4WD... Christ on a skateboard, bothys are supposed to be remote mountain shelters, not free party locations
  7. Cogent or not, this thread is not the place to jump on that particular soap box, mate.
  8. I think that would be a strong prospect. Atomic 4 from 1971 ... add cost for new engine. OK, the Ericson 35 is a nice boat. But old. Some things need to be refreshed - budget bye bye. The Cal 34 looked like more boat for the money, could of course be somewhat lively SH. //J And there's the problem with a 10k budget and a sail-away blue water dream... If it were me I'd offer 9 for the Ericson, repower and have it owing me 15 and allow 5k for incidentals... but I've got 20k. Maybe OP doesn't
  9. http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1971/Ericson-35-2872548/Portland/OR/United-States#.WQn9N9LysuV Ericson 35. $12k
  10. We have lived on our boat for most of the last 2 years and been swingingon the pick, a long way from our home port, for a fair chunk of that (we are currently landlubbers on the other side of the planet, but that's another story). The thing, for me, is that live-aboard cruising isn't particularly easy. You leave behind a whole pile of problems associated with living a life more "normal" and inherit a whole pile of problems inherent in your live-aboard choice. People often seem to have a rose-tinted perspective on what cruising about (well, those that haven't read BJ's posts at least). It most certainly isn't all rum drinks and sunsets. I found living aboard and cruising harder than life ashore but more rewarding. I enjoyed the challenges more than I had been enjoying the challenges presented by my dry-feet life prior to cruising - I learned a lot. But it sure as hell wasn't easy. I'd do it again in a heartbeat - if the ducks line up this will be sooner rather than later, but not because I am labouring under any misconceptions about what I'll be letting myself in for.
  11. We spent a couple of nights at the Royal Motor Yacht Club (which despite the name seems about 50/50 motor boats and sailing yachts). They have a laundry (coin operated) and a free courtesy minibus that will drop you of at / pick you up from the Supermarket in Newport. The natives were friendly. Despite there being a lot of mooring, it is possible to anchor at Coasters Retreat (aka The Basin). There is a small dinghy dock at the bottom of Queens Parade that we used to access local cafes and bottle-shop. Everywhere in Cowan Creek was beautiful. So many good little sheltered anchorages ... Castle Bay, Yeomans Bay, Jerusalem Bay were all nice. Stock up on beer, wine etc before heading into Cowan Creek... the only place to buy beer is Cottage Point and they charge an arm and a leg for it. The bridges will presumably prevent you getting up the Hawkesbury. We anchored SW of Dangar Island / just north of McKell Park to access Brooklyn - a short walk to The Anglers Rest which is a good pub with good food. You can catch a train straight into Sydney from there...
  12. This merits a re-post
  13. I swam regularly in Sydney harbour when we were there, nothing bit me. Almost any marina will be able to give you a phone number for a guy who will dive and scrub the bottom for $"x" per foot (where "x" is a number that is 3 to 5 times greater than the cost in Hobart)...
  14. I think that the original point is valid. I feel like I should be able to retire when I believe that I have sufficient savings put away to fund said retirement. Forcing me to work longer before accessing said savings prevents somebody (younger) from filling my role. Nevertheless, my job involves me sitting on my ass driving a keyboard all day... I can do that forever, but for those who's employ / skillset requires hard physical work, it is not an option. Sure; those who work in physical areas could retrain as they get older, but that ain't an option for many, and retraining into a new field will generally put you on the bottom rung of the ladder. Seems like the policy of rasing retirement age was invented by people who, like me, sit on their ass all day. I don't plan on working until whatever retirement age is mandated, but that means I need to generate funds to live on from when I stop work until when I am allowed to retire. And fortunately, I can do that, but I guess I'm in a minority.
  15. If that was a deliberate mis-spelling, bravo! If not, hilarious.