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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. Nice write up Chad. Sorry the Melges 24 didn't do it for you. I talked to another owner of one the Pulse 600 on Galveston Bay and he says these things are wicked fast.
  2. We have a 1994 Melges 24 #62 I bought it 8 years ago and did some minor work to stiffen the boat up under the stanchions and around the rear bulk head. It took me at least 2 years of consistent club racing to get a good handle for the way the boat is supposed to be sailed and crewed. We have always had good sails and rigging. We have sailed a couple national level events and the boat never felt slow lining up next to an 800 series hull.
  3. I heard the first 10 were sold. So long Melges 32.
  4. I am in the middle of removing mine right now on a Melges 24. I am using an Oscillating Saw with a flat blade. It allows me to take up big chunks at a time and then I go back and hand scrape with a 4" razor blade. Remove residual glue of MEK and then sand smooth. This my third time in 7 years to replace the hydroturf. the first 2 times i did it by hand with a putty knife and a 2" razor blade. That sucked.
  5. You will always hear older boats are not as competitive as new boats, but an newer boat can't guarantee you a front row start, the first shift on a beat, or perfect crew work. So unless you think you're going to be in the front of the fleet from the get go, I wouldn't be concerned about the hull number as much as I would be as to how well the boat has been taken care of over its life. Seeing that you're from Florida, look at Rob Britts boat. I have had #62 for over 6 years and I don't think I would see an increase in better finishes if i had newer hull. Spending more time practicing and racing would have made the difference.
  6. My family started skiing Vail in the '74 to '89. Then I start going on trips with groups and friends to Breck, Keystone, A-Basin, Durango, WinterPark, and Crested Butte. Now that I have to foot the bill myself, Angel Fire has turned into a great place to ski for the family. It is defiantly not a challenging mountain. But the price to play is significantly less than most big resorts. We have nice house, the ski school to great for the kids and its only a 9.5 hour drive. Since we own a house, we are required to be members of the resort. For $2500 a year, my entire family gets free lift tickets for the entire season,(10 days of skiing for my family of 5 pays for it, last year we skied over 60 days as a family) 20% all food and beverage on the mountain, free golf, and the platinum parking. I only have to walk 75yds from my truck to the lift. And they have special lines where i get to cut in front of the crowds, and they also allow us to get on the mountain 1hr early on certain days with a guide.
  7. We have a place in Angel Fire and head over to Taos a couple of times during the season. Can't wait to ride the new lift at Taos over New Years. Hopefully mother nature will be kind to Northern NM this season. Last year was pretty tough.
  8. Experienced it. It was so bad on the boat we raced that you couldn't even talk to each other. I have also talked to several other owners and they experience the same issue.
  9. 3 sheets will do the job with plenty of extras
  10. We buy sheet directly fron hydro turf for about $350 and cut the templates ourselves.