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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. Great boats--you're a lucky man! You asked for advice and stories--my advice is: if your boat has the twin lazarette hatches, keep them closed and dogged down if there is any chance of a knockdown. The leeward one goes underwater when the boat is on it's side in big waves. Learned that on a delivery between Oahu and Kauai when we scooped up way too much ocean (and should have taken the kite down as the squall approached, given that we were in delivery mode without experienced crew...easy to get too nonchalant on such an easy boat....). One of my favorite sailing memories was delivering the same O-40 from Santa Cruz to LA. Poled out #2 and main in the middle of the night doing a steady 12-14 kts boat speed under perfect control, just my wife and me in the cockpit hanging out and talking. The boat practically steered itself.
  2. Wow--I think Tigres is #72 (formerly BNastyR)--actively raced and well maintained by her first owner at CYC then sold to a new owner in MDR several years ago. She was still all together and racing for the 2014 DPYC charity regatta where I last saw her. Assuming no major structural issues from neglect over the past couple of years, this could be an unbelievably good deal for the right buyer.
  3. She's at SDYC--I think repairs still underway. A couple of locals are helping her out and helping her feel at home during what must be a very difficult time. She was a guest at the SDYC senior sabot Christmas party last night (a great fleet and really fun group, many who are still racing aggresively in their '70s and '80s). She's an amazing person. What a rare treat to meet someone who possess so much knowledge, drive, fortitude and inner strength yet is so humble and down to earth. In casual conversation with her, you would never guess what she has accomplished and will yet accomplish, if you didn't already know.
  4. Hanging out at Catalina for part of the time is not a bad option--good ferry service to Avalon or two harbors from San Pedro and Long Beach for your friends to join you. Buoys that you can pay for or you can anchor out for free. Fuel, water, food and drink available at two harbors and Avalon. Just watch out for the Santa Ana winds that can hit later in the fall--definitely don't want to be anywhere other than Cat harbor when they come. Late Fall/Winter storms would also be an issue at many of the coves. Cat Harbor is safe in any weather (and accessible by a 10-15 minute walk from the two harbors ferry terminal).
  5. I have a good friend from El Salvador who I spent several days with last winter skiing and in many long conversations about his country especially the people--my impression through his stories and pictures of the genuine warmth, friendliness and openness of the average El Salvadorian is captured perfectly in the smiles of the couple in the bar picture.
  6. Sailing is a funny thing--it's part of life and my impression is that being a sailor makes life better even when one isn't doing it. Probably not a day goes by that I don't think about sailing. Only get out on my boat every 2-4 weeks if I'm lucky (the usual range of excuses...work, including this weekend, life, etc,) but every time I do get out, I think I need to do this more often....
  7. Just got back from a couple of days in Little Harbor on Catalina (Island about 20+ miles off LA for those non Cali sailors) with the family on my Dad's Ericson 35 (Dad is still sailing at age 82). Sailed for about 3 hours on the leg between the west end and PV buoy...about 6-12 kts of wind on a very broad reach without a spinnaker...just bopped along at 5-6 kts boat speed heading up when it got light and down when it puffed (who cares if we are pointing at Pt. Dume in the light spots....) and just chilled and sailed...no hurry, no schedule, no reason to get in to King Harbor anytime soon....it was great. Sometimes just being out there poking along sailing is exactly what you need. My first thought when we docked? I need to sail more!!!!
  8. Headed to Catalina next week on my Dad's Ericson 35, the family boat since 1974. Moves OK in light air. I still enjoy sailing it. We used to do well against the '70's one-tonners in overnight races when it got light, often finishing with them even though we rated a lot slower...but that all ended when the first Pendragon came on the scene... My dad has completely redone the boat--fixed blisters, fixed soggy deck, etc. Pretty standard for any '70s plastic classic. Only downside (of all older vintage boats) is short waterline. Those long overhangs encourage pitching. Doesn't both me but it does bother my wife who is prone to sea sickness. She said she would actually rather cruise catalina on our FT10 which has a very easy motion in a seaway. She's a camper though who doesn't mind roughing it.
  9. Sounds like the boat has a jib furler--in addition to dropping the main and sailing on only the jib (great advice) you can roll the jib up a little bit to get whatever amount of power you need to maneuver while keeping speed on the low side (but not too low as others have said). In the old days ('60s when I learned to sail) it was a lot more common to routinely sail small boats (<30') in and out of their slips. The outboard for our family 24' lived in the garage unless we were going cruising. A C-22 is a great boat--very responsive and well mannered--great to learn on, and to keep sailing as you learn more. Hire an instructor and learn to sail the boat in an out of the slip and the harbor in a variety of conditions. You'll learn a lot about boat handling and sailing in general, and you'll never have to worry about whether the outboard will run. Sailing is one of those great sports in which a little knowledge and practice goes a long way, but no matter how good you get and how much experience you have, there are always new things to learn. It doesn't get better than that. An as others have said, don't take a boat out without an anchor--in over 50 years of sailing, its the only bit of safety kit that I've ever had to use in an emergency situation (and it was inside the harbor...). Learn how to use that anchor too (another thing to work on with an instructor, but be aware that some instructors may not know much about anchoring...).
  10. Well done indeed! Those two guys are very lucky to be alive and they owe that to Keith's experience and concern that led him to investigate an unidentified floating object. How many people would have written it off as a buoy or something else and passed right on by? Or had their head in the boat and not even seen it? Maybe one of the biggest lessons here is to always have your eyes and ears (VHF) open and don't "explain away" something that doesn't seem quite right without checking it out. Those two guys would almost certainly be dead if Keith and Paige hadn't been in the right place at the right time AND had the awareness and experience that led them to investigate.
  11. Delusions of grandeur
  12. Regarding racing crew, in any but the very lightest breeze, you want as close as possible to the class weight max of 1350 pounds. Regarding day sailing with friends/family, absolutely, but with caveats. The boat is a joy to sail in this mode in under 8-10kts breeze. The cockpit is huge and comfortable. For more wind, we had our sail maker cut most of the leach off the Dacron main that came with the boat, and have a cruising jib that can be roller reefed (we have one of the only FT10s with a harken furler). In up to 20-22kts breeze, we day sail with the Dacron main single reefed and the jib partially rolled up (or you could just go with the main only if you don't have a furler set up). Very fun sailing, including for the many non-sailors we have taken out. However, the boat is still very tender in this mode without full crew hiking, and requires constant attention on the main sheet, so if your wife gets nervous or your kids are very young, this might not be best for you in over 8-10kts breeze. To be honest, most people would say the boat is too much for family sailing in over 10 kts breeze. However, it's been a blast for us and everybody including non-sailors we have taken out, but my wife has sailed and raced all her life (we met racing), so I'm lucky in this regard. Our boat lives in a slip so, so no comments on launching. We have all the upgrades you can read about in the other links (mast step, motor door, Betts rudder, etc)--so far, our boat has been bombproof with these mods (got it in 2007). Overall, we love the boat both for racing and day sailing!
  13. My parents still have their old white Watts sea bags with labels--and they still use them too. Tough bags. Not sure what happened to mine, but it was my only suitcase during the '60s and much of the '70s. It takes me back every time I see my parent's bags.
  14. If it's not too big FT10 is a great choice for light air areas. Fun race boat and good day sailor in the right hands. We day-sail ours in San Diego with 2-12 people (nice big comfy cockpit) using the original Dacron main that came with the boat but with most of the roach cut off--this is about equivalent to a single reef and is perfect to depower for this purpose. It works fine even in light air--with this configuration, we sail at TWS up to about 6.5 kts TWS. Put the reef in and you're really depowered--good up to about 18-20 TWS with no one on the rail. We also have slugs on this main rather than boltrope, which tames it for raising/lowering with a bunch of non-sailors onboard. The non-sailors and sailors alike always comment how much fun the boat is to sail. The other thing that turns ours into a nice day sailor is our Harken furler, but I think we may be the only one with that. Took a bunch of non-sailors out in 20-25+ TWS a few years ago with the Dacron main reefed and the jib partially rolled and it was great--the looks (of joy) on their faces as we surfed back into the bay at 10-12 kts boat speed was priceless. They still talk about it. Much more typical here especially in the summer is 5-10 TWS and the boat is perfect for that.
  15. ^and if by some chance you don't break your boom with a preventer, you'll be pinned over pretty hard...if I recollect correctly a boat sank in Santa Cruz that way during the 1970s...