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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. Available for Cabo race if anyone is looking. It's a race I love and I have done 7 and 3 PV races. Lots of miles 3x transpac, 12x chicago-mac, etc... Will work any / all positions. Strong at helm, navigation, and foredeck. 33 years old, 220 lbs in San Diego -Zac 619-630-9626
  2. Anyone else have any thoughts on this? Have heard great things about wilson amplifiers. Looking for use in Lake Michigan.
  3. Maine Sail, Thanks for your comments thus far. With the Balmar MC-614, I set the bulk & absorbtion voltage to 14.0 and the float voltage to 13.2 and b-2 belt load setting. The mfgs of this particular battery (Smart battery) suggest a 14.6v charging voltage however upon reading this results in unbalanced cells over the long term. After reading Stan Honey's experience with LFP I used similar settings however he is even further conservative on the charging with a bulk voltage of 13.8. What do you think a reasonable charge rate is for this type of battery without doing any damage. Currently 0.4C is all the alternator can handle but there is a possibility to upgrade to 1C charging. I think the charging voltage set points are reasonable and should result in good battery life compared to mfg guidance. -Z
  4. This is a great thread! Excellent project. Anyone have any information on reading the B&G fastnet data bus? I'm getting ready to try to connect it to an opto-isolated USB Serial adapter (aten UC232A). I read on this site: http://www.oppedijk.com/bandg/fastnetthat it is 28.8kbps, odd parity, and 2 stopbits. My ultimate goal would be to use an arduino to parse the bus and an LCD to display instrument data, a display for much much less than the cost from B&G. Similar to sailmon but with way less overhead than running a full OS, I much prefer the simplicity and low power consumption of the arduino. My alternative is just to use the output from the computer over wifi connecting to an arduino or ESP8266 to display. Also, the TP Link router used by DrewR is my favorite, highly recommended. Thanks for thoughts on beaglebone, haven't gotten into it but I light the thought of NMEA 2000 support for less than the actisense adapter.
  5. From what I've read and experienced with LFP, it would be hard to convince me not to go that route.
  6. take a look at attwood lights, they are cheap and great http://www.attwoodmarine.com/store/product/led-vertical-sidelights
  7. I have an issue which has been driving me crazy for some time now. I have a windows 7 computer on a boat which uses the satellite internet (FB150) connection over ethernet. So I have 2 NICs on this computer, one onboard ethernet which I use to connect to the sat phone, the other is a USB ethernet dongle which I use for an onboard LAN with a wireless access point / router (TP Link WR-702N). The onboard LAN is for sharing data, files, etc and I use the sat phone to download email periodically, weather, etc. I do not want the sat phone on the same network as the onboard LAN since the connection is very expensive, I want devices to be isolated from the internet connection, otherwise it would be easy to have them all on the same network. The issue is, when both NICs are active, the computer cannot find the internet addresses when the sat connection is active. I have to disable the USB ethernet onboard LAN and then things work as expected. I found some instructions about setting the connection priority in adapter settings, advanced, adapter connection priority and have the sat phone set as the top (highest priority). Unfortunately this still doesn't work. I have also tried removing the DNS servers and gateway from the onboard WLAN router DHCP settings however that has had no success. I do have the onboard WLAN router serving DHCP for the computer as well, maybe I need to set that statically? Thanks for any help you can provide, -Z
  8. I figured out a plan, so disregard. Got a flight on delta out of Pellston and found Mackinaw Shuttle to take me to pellston from ferry for $30. See you all there.
  9. Trying to make it work for this year, looking for a ride off the island Tuesday morning so I could catch a later afternoon / evening flight in chicago. Anyone know of a car going to Pelston (for charter flight or rental car) or a charter flight off the island back to Chicago? Looking for one or two people. Let me know, thanks, Zac zac.schramm@gmail.com
  10. Wow, I as well wish I would have found this thread before placing an order. I paid via paypal and 3 weeks later got back home from travel and didn't have anything. I also noticed I didn't have a confirmation email. So after emailing them asking what the status is I got an order confirmation saying it would ship within 24 hours. I am glad they obviously did something but I was surprised nothing personal was said in response to the email such as why there was a delay or an apology. It appears the order was just lost until I followed up. The jury is still out on my order but I guess this thread at least tells me that after another week I should just dispute the charge and be done with it. Definitely something Ed should consider in regards to front page advertisers (not my situation specifically but the overall theme of this thread)
  11. As much as I was interested in doing the race, I can't imagine how down you and the crew must be. I was thinking about similar situations prior to the macs and how a breakage could have put a halt to a lot of racing. Hopefully you all get things sorted out and get that beast back in action next year, maybe make it down to do the chicago race again. More Faster - I live in chicago so I won't be in your neighborhood until next years macs. Thanks for the offer though. Good luck to everyone racing tomorrow.
  12. Well I was a possibility for a couple spots they had left. Would have been a good ride as I heard the same things about the boat and crew. I'll have to try to seek out a spot much earlier next time around.
  13. I had a lead on a ride for that race and I heard they blew up their engine last week. So much for that...