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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. gangbusters, I would be interested in your experience single-handing the Mac on Toscana. I'm hoping to enter a single-handed race this August on my NY 36, and any tips on handling the boat would be very helpful.
  2. Ours is hull #13, which in our family has always been a lucky number. The boat was named the Beverly M when we bought it. I hope someone will be able to get it back to sailing condition, I bought a lot of the things it needs just waiting for installation labor. We bought an '81 New York 36 (fractional rig) last season which we should be able to cruise comfortably with just the 2 of us, maybe some light occasional racing at most.
  3. I have been away from sailing for nearly 20 years due to family responsibilities, now returning to it. We still own a PT-30 that has been sitting all these years. We really enjoyed racing it, the boat performs well and we always felt safe even in the most severe of weather conditions. We bought it from someone in Detroit in the late 1980's and we renamed it "Destiny". Re-powered it with a Yanmar diesel. Getting ready to donate it to a junior sailing program in Detroit. That long quote from 2005 was from me at the time.
  4. Back in the early 90's, I looked at a couple of J/36s for sale, after getting to race on one in a race in Detroit. I was tremendously impressed with how they sail. The one I went to see in North Carolina (Blue Bayou) was J/36 hull #1 if I remember right and the owner told me straight up that if I had to have it surveyed for insurance purposes it would fail due to extensive water infiltration in the balsa core of the hull. The other was a neglected boat in Pensacola Florida and had a green hull, I had it surveyed and would have bought it but the marine surveyor found a hole in the side of the engine block. A lot of things were not working on the NY 36 we just bought, we have been one by one getting things functional again. Not equipped for racing now at all, we have to address that starting with locating a spinnaker pole for a reasonable price.
  5. My wife and I just picked up a NY 36 last year, price was right. We like it so far. Both of us raced on her dad's Tartan 41 for years, then our own PT-30.