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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. I have seen competing theories on the anti-seize for the coupling. This weekend I will have a closer look at the coupling, as I recall it had a flat front face with now keyway etc, just the four bolts and a decade of rust holding the coupling to the engine. Just double checked my photos and yes the aft coupling has a recess in the center that accommodates the nut that protrudes out of the coupling on the transmission side. The actual mating faces appear to be smooth and flat, save for the rust on them. To be clear, I was speaking about putting anti-sieze between the engine and the coupling on the shaft. Not between the coupling and the shaft itself.
  2. Thanks all. Engine mounts. I have been cleaning them up and they're going to get a good solid shot of corrosion inhibitor. Sadly now the engine will be available later today, a shade late to replace the mounts. Inspection indicates they are all in pretty good shape beyond a spot of rust that is getting scrubbed off and coated with inhibitor. Paint. Yes, whole engine was repainted as part of rebuild. Will inspect closely upon receipt and I have a can of factory original paint to do touch ups as required.Both befoer the install and after. Starter and alternator. were both inspected during tear down and were reported to be fine. Don't believe it starts.. https://www.facebook.com/Aerohill/ scroll down to the 4Jh4 test run video, she starts nice and holds exactly 70 PSI for oil pressure which is on spec according to the service manual. Disassemble and remove shaft? Sadly that ain't gonna happen now as the boat is in the wet and it would be a major production to make it dry. The engine came out and will go back in with the boat in the water using a stationary crane. I will try to take off the coupling and clean and paint it at least.I have two forms of anti-seize on standby for the whole install. I have kept a close eye on the stuffing box while underway without the engine and even with the shaft free spinning there's no leaks. In the photos you see a 2x4 which is screwed to the front of the shaft to keep it from spinning while sailing or towing without the engine, same for purple line there, it was to hold the shaft forward while moving. It obviously comes out for the installation. Injectors were serviced as part of the rebuild. Drain plug for oil..... The way the Yanmar works there is no drain plug for the oil pan, there is a Banjo bolt with the dipstick tube attached to it, you are supposed to pump the oil out through that dipstick tube according to the service manual. I did find a work around to that where you drill and tap into the end of the Banjo bolt and plumb in an extra tube that goes up and into a permanent hand pump for oil extraction. Not sure I'll do that at this time. I already have a new oil pump to fit to the riser that holds the dipstick to allow me to pump the oil out. If I want to do that mod the banjo bolt is actually pretty accessible on the service side of the engine. Soundproofing is sound.One small blemish that is being glued back into place very carefully. don't want it coming loose and becoming part of the belt assembly. For good measure I installed a few battery powered LED's in the compartment as well to make maint a bit easier int he dead of night. All placed where even if they fail and fall off the surface they'll just drop int he bilge and not get involved in any moving parts. Drain and clean the fuel tanks. Uggh, so glad I filled it with 300 Litres of fuel at the end of last season to prevent condensation in the tank. Will undoubtedly make it an easy task. I will get on that tonight, I'm a gonna need everyone's Jerry cans for the next few days please. Any suspect fasteners get replaced with SS and spares are purchased at the same time. Same goes for hose clamps. Got it. I have inspected the full length of all hoses, coolant, raw water, fuel, both lines plus all electrical bundles and all appear to be in good operating condition. Thanks for your contributions, i appreciate it. Will report back with pics, stories and reports when I have pulled off the stunt.
  3. OK, I may be a good sailor but turns out I was a shit mechanic. Sadly I did not stay on top of some basic maintenance on our Yanmar Diesel and earlier this year, on day one, ten minutes off the dock after being launched someone other than I had the throttle running hard and the ineveitable result of not feeding you engine sufficient or frequent enough meals of fresh oil caught up with us and we threw a rod in pretty spectacular fashion. Amazingly our 4 cylinder come 3 cylinder engine kept running for the next ten minutes until we made it back to the dock. Sadly we had fucked it into damnation. Starved for oil, our front piston seized in the cylinder and the bottom end of the connecting rid let go from the journal. At 2800 rpm or so the crank shaft took a few good whacks at the remaining connecting rod then blasted it through the side of the block taking out about a 4" diameter hole. Let my sloth and ignorance be a cautionary tale to all. Feed your diesel all the oil it needs and wants with regularity or pay a steep price. Anyhow, onto the fun part. We took the poor engine out of the boat and sent if off to a shop that specializes in rebuilds and let them do their thing. for a few minutes we were hoping we could weld the block but that hope was dashed as the crank shaft was a bit bent and a cylinder wall was also cracked so the block was a write off. Mechanic shopped the universe and found a replacement block, shipped it in and it turns out it was wrong, so we did it again and got the right sized short block for our needs. The replacement block was machined up and all the bits reconditioned and put back together. so I have seen video of it running nicely and its maintaining 70 psi oil pressure. Looks and sounds happy when running. So what is the question? My question is, any tips on the re-install? When I took it all out, I labelled every wire, hose and element that touched the engine, both sides actually, so things could be mated back up. I photographed the engine and environs extensively before she came out so I have a record of what was. I have checked and surveyed all hoses related to the show and they look to be in good repair. I have cleaned out the filters that remained in the boat and I am shopping around for a full kit of spares, hoses, filters, hose clamps, so that we'll be nicely equipped in the future. The engine housing has been scrubbed spotless ready to receive the prize. Any recommendations from the team here as to what else I should be doing when putting her back in? I have the entire service manual printed and bound now, I have my feeler gauges so I can tune the interface between transmission and prop shaft. Anything else? And yes of course I will, now I have crash coursed myself into a body of diesel knowledge, will run the engine in very carefully according to exactly that which is written in the book of mechanic. PS, it's a Yanmar 4JH4AE 4 cyl, 54 hp, 2 valve, non-turbo diesel.
  4. hike bitches!
  5. I earned that injury almost 25 years ago when I tumbled down a mountain bike path and dislocated my shoulder while also breaking it. (I actually did pit in a C+C 41 for a weekend with my arm in a sling going with just my left arm to make it work). I did all my physio etc but to this day it still dogs me. I have spent the last 6 months working on specific sets of exercises to make it better and its finally starting to get better. The link below is the set of exercises I have been using and its improved the state of affairs considerably for me. https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/criticalbench24.htm I have also been doing a stretching session before workouts and sailing where I essentially just hang by both arms with as much of my body weight as I can for about 5 minutes. I forget where I read about it but I'll be dammed if it doesn't help things a great deal. Use a supine grip (Hands facing away from you) and just hang there for as long as you can, you can put some weight on the floor. Anything seems to help with both mobility and soreness. Get it fixed right, life sucks with in not done properly and its very suseptible to re-injury as well.
  6. get a mooring
  7. My RC cruiser, IOM sail on USOM carbon rig on 48" long mahogany and carbon platform.
  8. Those things are fucking awesome, gotta build some of those for me and the kids for the beach this summer, real challenge is if I can do it for $20 a boat!
  9. @sam Nothing in the cards right now I am afraid, I / we went all in last time with effort, time etc and it was kind of all consuming. I had to step away from the flame for a bit. Been doing some big cruises with the fam, a Mack here and there, will go see some races in BDA come the spring. Right now just trying to work off the spare tire and get back into some kind of fighting form.
  10. Call Rob at Paterson composites. He has foils of a variety of shapes and sizes in stock. We also have tooling down there for the right kind of foils as FYH had a full set built and installed but never tested following the great shit show of 2013.
  11. Each skipper shall bear sole responsibility for the safety of the crew and the vessel or something like that. I seem to recall hearing that somewhere.
  12. Thank God ETNZ had Nespresso as a sponsor, I could mainline whatever kind of coffee I wanted all day and night long.
  13. Re getting laid, my data set would be skewed as I was married at the time of all my visits to NZ and i was kind of focused on work. YMMV
  14. Pretty even in my books, I have sailed in both, but I have sailed in Newport a fair bit more. they are both hemispheric Mecca's for sailing. They both have about as good a "support" for sailing as anywhere you'll find in the form of suppliers, club's, etc. Auckland is pretty once you get past the shipping port, Newport is a bit prettier venue in the immediate vicinity of the clubs you tend to sail from. It's about even on the liklihood of getting arrested for being a drunken sailor, in both towns you can likely talk your way out of most stupid shit you might do on a regatta weekend as both towns seem to appreciate sailors a fair bit. Auckland is a proper city, almost, Newport doesn't pretend to be. Personally I like the small town feel of Newport especially if you're there for an event. Much more likely to run into people and socialize etc as everything tends to get more crammed together. I also happen to generally like the old East Coat Atlantic aesthetic and vibe from a City perspective. They both have navigable water, tides, variable winds etc. So check for both of those. They both have lots of good fleets and lots of visiting events, they both make great leaping off points for bigger adventures. So obviously it comes down to the only thing that matters, getting laid. I have had more fun in Newport than Auckland in that regard so clearly Newport wins. Oh yeah and hot boxing the shit out of the gardeners shed with a few very well known sailors at the NYYC was hella fun, so there's that.
  15. Big congrats to team Hollandia, Billy, Big Show, Rusty, Pastry, all you guys. Nice work! B