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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. On a recent delivery my crew was playing with the spin and seeing how high they could carry it in 12-15 knots. They said that they put a reef in the main and were able to come up 10 degrees more with good control and speed. It makes sense but is this something useful on longer courses or just something for delivery ? Thoughts ?
  2. Was gonna use the heavy duty ones at the stern. On the sprit we are using the carbo 57 air block. Been running it for a couple of months, the metal ring was wearing tack lines out. Flew the spin in a over 20 a few times and that is holding. The tack does not seem to have the same loads, at least I think, but could be completely wrong.
  3. Part of my aft harken spin blocks cracked recently and I think it is time to replace them. Was thinking about some of the newer harken air blocks but not sure what safe working load rating will Be needed. What have you all be using for this ? Thanks Jody
  4. Our secondary winch, 30 lewmar, has been making a high pitched noise when spinning, even with no load. I have taken it apart twice, cleaned and regreased/oiled all the part. The gears spin great. The noise does not seem to start until I put the cap back on. I was thinking to swap out parts from the other winch until the noise stops but if someone knows what this might be I would appreciate if. Thanks
  5. We are going to look at ORC results this weekend as a side to our normal PHRF rating results. Looking to see if there is any major difference in the results. I think I can do it by hand since not a lot of boats, but I was wondering if there were any programs you would recommend to score on ORC instead. I looked at the ones on the ORC website but look like more of a pain then worth it. might all be like that but wanted something that I plug in the numbers and it just crunches the numbers. Thanks for any suggestions.
  6. Yeaterday we put our j105 Ariel on her side under spin. As watched the water cover the leeward deck I was thinking how far we would have to go to get water down into the cabin. Well in a few seconds we were back up and going but it got me thinking that maybe in heavier winds and espcially offshore we should put at least on board in the companionway and keep the hatch closed. Is this what most people do? Would be hesitant to completely close the companionway when off shore since will probably have some people below off watch and do not want them stuck down there. Thanks for any advice. And the round up was totally my stupid fault, so first rule is stop being stupid I guess
  7. Great suggestions. Thanks a lot. We talked about a code zero in the past but having just bought a new spin I think it is not in the cards right now. I like the pad eye idea. Do you have any pictures of where you put it? Thanks
  8. There is a small group here in flordia that is trying to start using Orc over phrf. One of the issues we have is phrf has a really hard time giving a number to sport boats that really plane. That is why we want to see if Orc with the multiple ratings for windspeed will be helpful. I like the idea of this is how fast theoretically your boat should go in these conditions and your rating is based on that so he or she that gets closest to "perfect" wins. Seems a little more logical then a group of people sitting around handicapping the boats to each other sometimes based on who knows what. I respect the phrf groups for what they do, but support objective number ratings as the future.
  9. We are looking to avoid any flames. The jet boil does not look to bad but what do you do in a sea since it is not gimbled?
  10. Appreciate the advice. Since I am a member of St Pete yacht club and the boat is there makes jumping over to the Miami race kinda hard. We have been toying with the idea of a code zero. The mesh instead of sail cloth is a great point. Thanks
  11. We are going to be doing the St pete to Cuba race in Feb next year on Ariel our j105. I was wondering what recommendations people that have done offshore races on a 105 have specfic to the boat. We are going to do mre meals(do not want to try and cook on board) and have a few coolers in the cabin area. Also plan on using some old sail material screwed to the rail of the cabin seats then tied up to the handhold on the roof for a sea bed setup. Any other thoughts on setting her up for this trip? Is not a transpac but want to make sure we cover all we can. Thanks
  12. Looks like we are going to need a life raft for the St Petersburg to Cuba race next year. What do you all recommend and where is a good place to rent from? I figure we are going to race with 6 people so a 4-6 man size should be ok. Also on a j105 where would you store it to make the least amount of problems but also be able to access it. I was thinking of on the aft deck, hate the weight there but not sure it would fit well under the vang. Thanks
  13. So Paul allens smaller yacht is docked in St Pete and I say the sailboat stored on her port side. Do any one know what it is ? Looks to be around 40 feet, which is weird to think of as a boats runabout toy.
  14. We now have 4 stanchions that need to be replaced. Anyone know of a good place to order them? Saw on aps and waterline for around 50 apiece so that might be best. Thanks